Teaching Reading & Writing at Parklands Community Primary School
The Read Write Inc phonics scheme is used to support children to develop their phonic and reading skills. Further information regarding Read Write Inc is available on the school website.
Children from Nursery upwards have a reading book which is changed regularly in school. All children read to an adult in school at least once a week on a group or individual basis. Where a child is at risk of underperformance in reading as a result of various factors, they also receive additional support in school with extra reading sessions during the week.
Reading is actively promoted in school and in classrooms with, for example, “Author of the Term” displays. We have also been proactive in developing links with the local library, Little Sutton Library, so that every child in school has a library ticket. Access to services offered by the library is facilitated with regular visits and an in-school return box.
In Nursery & Reception, children are supported via a range of activities to develop the motor skills required to be efficient writers. Activities include Dough Gym and Funky Fingers sessions. Children are encouraged to mark make using a variety of materials both in the classroom and beyond, including in the outdoor environment. As children progress through Foundation Stage, they receive guidance on letter formation. Displays, prompts, resources and examples of writing can be found throughout the indoor and outdoor classroom environments to promote these skills and motivate pupils.
Writing is taught using a variety of strategies based on concepts of imitation, innovation and invention. When children begin work on a particular genre, they are provided with opportunities to become familiar with the features of the genre by examining samples of writing. They gain an understanding of the language and structural features which, for example, make a story a story!
Children begin to apply the key features they have identified with activities including Talk for Writing, where children may be involved in re-telling a story or, for example, presenting a persuasive argument verbally.
When children progress to producing their own pieces, they have an awareness of the key features of the genre. This enables them to assess their own writing to check that they have included key features.
Children are encouraged to apply their writing skills in other areas of the curriculum, including in subjects such as History, Geography and Science.