At Parkfield, we love reading! You will find a fantastic library and a reading area in each class. We have lovely books to choose from and even books online to choose from at home and at school. Non-fiction books are available linked to the topic that children are learning. Reading is a top priority at Parkfield and is taught every day in lots of ways! Children who are gifted at reading are encouraged to choose texts that will stretch and challenge them, while children who may find reading a little more challenging are supported in a range of ways to allow them to progress. From Reception to Year 6 we aim to read to the whole class of children in a story time session four times per week.
Love to Read
At Parkfield we foster and encourage a life-long love of reading. In Reception, Year One and the beginning of Year Two, we have books that children take home to share and enjoy with an adult. From Year Two to Year Six children choose from a wide range of quality books to read and enjoy. They can even choose to read from our wide-ranging online selection.
Reception and Year 1
Reading is taught in Reception, Year 1 and the beginning of Year 2 using Read Write Inc phonics program. The children are assessed regularly and placed into groups where their learning needs can be met. They learn a range of sounds to read speedily and this is then applied when reading words and sentences in books. They can then use this phonic knowledge in their early writing. They will learn how to read a book with the teacher and then take a copy of a book that they have been taught home, to read to their parents/carer. They will also take a 'book bag book' home to read which is unseen by the child, but has decodable words that they are able to read. Furthermore, they will take home a 'love of reading' library book home to share and enjoy with an adult. This book can also be read to the child. All books are changed weekly. Early on in Reception, the children will be learning to recognise and blend letters for reading and the teacher will send home information about how to help your child with this, in order for them to progress on to decodable reading books.
During Year 2, the children will finish their phonics program and will move onto a style of guided reading called 'Reciprocal Reading'. This can be taught in small groups, but will mainly be taught in a whole class style. The children will read and analyse texts and develop skills such as defining vocabulary, clarifying words, asking and answering questions and recapping what they have read. They will then practice their written answers.
Children will also have individual reading books that are appropriate for their level labelled with a 'ZPD' number which they are encouraged to take home and read each day. When your child has read, the parent or the child can record this in their home/school reading record. The children will also be listened to individually once per week by an adult in school. These books are part of our 'Accelerated Reader/Myon' programme which also has a wealth of texts online. Each time a book is read, there is an online quiz to complete.