At Parkfield children enjoy learning English in fun, enjoyable, creative ways. We use the principles of 'The Write Stuff' by Jane Considine. This approach allows teachers to model writing and how it is constructed using sentences. We use the FANTASTICS (ideas, thoughts and vocabulary) system so that pupils can craft their writing. The GRAMMARISTICS (tools, words into sentences and grammar) strengthen pupils' grammatical and linguistic structures. The techniques of writing are then brought to life by the BOOMTASTICS (techniques, poetic choices and literary devices) for the children to develop their own unique writing voice. Reading stimuli are used to generate inspiration for narrative stories and non-fiction texts are mainly linked to the topic work that the children are learning. Experience days further strengthen the ideas and enjoyment of children's writing.
Reading and Phonics
At Parkfield we use the scheme Read, Write, Inc. to teach Phonics when the children begin in Reception. They will learn letter sounds and how to blend, segment and decode. They will take a reading book home that they have been reading in class and another book that they have not yet seen. During Year 2 the children will then move onto 'book band books' until mid Year 6.
Reading at Parkfield is taught through a Reciprocal Reading Approach which starts from Year 2. The Reciprocal Reading approach teaches the skills of prediction, clarification, questioning and summarising. We also teach reading in each year group through a 'Love to Read' approach. This is where teachers share books with the children as a whole class for the children to listen to and enjoy. The children can also take a book home of their choice from the library to share or read at home. When they do this they are rewarded with stamps on their special 'bookmark'. Sometimes the children will have a book shared with them that is linked to their topic learning or their English learning and this will be displayed on the classroom door and may be linked to their writing opportunities.
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Targets (Reading and Writing)
Our reading and writing targets are set for each Year group from Reception to Year 6. They reflect the skills taught that are expected for each year group and we share them with parents on a termly basis so that you can accurately track your child's progress and support them as necessary.
This section is about the speaking and listening cross-curricular opportunities that the children will experience through our rich curriculum that we offer here at Parkfield.
This section details about our SPAG learning. The children will be taught these skills discretely, as well as during English writing lessons, where the skills will link to their writing. When children are ready, they will take spellings home to learn and be 'tested' on a Friday. The test is a learning opportunity at each stage, where misconceptions are addressed immediately and the children are empowered. We then celebrate spellings in a termly 'Spelling Bee'.