Our aim is for all children to become competent readers and writers. All children at Parklands, including our Nursery Children have a reading book to practise at home and at school. Children are heard to read individually each week by a number of adults including their teacher. Our reading books are graded in 'book bands' and include a variety of schemes. Phonics and reading are taught through the Read, Write, Inc. programme. This programme was adopted by the school in October 2013 and takes a systematic approach to the teaching of phonics, reading and writing with built in intervention to ensure that children who are struggling don't get 'left behind'. To further stimulate creativity in writing we give our children many opportunities to write in cross-curricular ways. We understand that communication and language are the roots underpinning success in reading and writing which is why we ensure that all children from Nursery through to Year 2 have ample and various opportunities to explore their communication and language skills.
National Story Telling Week at Parklands!
For National Story Telling week every class from Nursery to Y2 learnt their own version of The Three Little Pigs. We then used story maps to help the children orally rehearse the story throughout the week. We did lots of other work around the story such as making straw, stick and brick houses, making stick puppets and acting it out, writing the story and also innovating a new version of the story. At the end of the week we all retold our versions to the rest of the school in assembly!
World Book Day 2017
To celebrate World Book Day 2017 we arranged for the local poet Andy Tooze to come and spend time with each class. He performed some poems and we enjoyed joining in with the words and actions. We were then inspired to create our own poems. Reception wrote class poems with Andy and in KS1 we began writing them with him and edited them to perform at the end of the day in a whole school assembly. We all had great fun! Thanks Andy!