Oracy, Reading and Writing
Oracy is the ability to communicate effectively. At Parkhill Infants’, we believe that Speaking and Listening Skills are the foundation for a child’s learning. We teach children to express their views and ideas in responding to their learning and experiences. Teaching vocabulary is embedded across the curriculum. The children are equipped with a wide range of general and subject-specific vocabulary to develop their language skills.
The children engage in a range of activities such as talk partners, role play and drama to practise their listening and speaking skills.
Reading is a vital life skill and takes a high priority at Parkhill Infants’ School. We aim to foster a love of reading and strive to ensure that all children develop competencies in the two dimensions of reading – word reading and comprehension.
Every term the children are immersed in a topic, such as ‘Castles and Crowns’ or ‘Ice World.’ Each Learning Journey is driven by a wide range of high-quality texts which are at the heart of our curriculum. These carefully selected fiction and non-fiction texts are chosen to meet the interests and needs of both the children and their community. Through our literacy lessons the children further develop their oral language skills; extend their vocabulary and enhance their comprehension skills.
During their time at Parkhill Infants’, our children regularly listen to adults reading aloud. Our pupils are encouraged to read a wide range of books. Once a week, the children visit the school library and choose a book to take home. Every class has an inviting reading area where books are regularly updated based on the topics the children are learning about. We value children’s interests and choices and include these books in our reading areas. Every half term, we choose an author to focus on. We learn about the author and read a selection of books that they have written.
At Parkhill Infants’ we value and promote all aspects of writing. We encourage and enable children to make marks for a variety of reasons, such as communicating their ideas, expressing their feelings and demonstrating their creativity and imagination. We understand that as the children develop, their marks become more complex and sophisticated leading them to become confident writers. We also develop children’s prewriting skills such as fine and gross motor skills through a variety of activities.
Our writing is significantly influenced by our learning journeys. The children learn about their topics through high quality fiction and non-fiction books. Along with this, they engage with a wide range of activities such as discussions, use of film, imagery, modelled or shared writing, drama, educational visits and school trips. This allows the children to develop the language skills and the knowledge required to write with confidence. We recognise that all writing should be purposeful with a clear understanding of the audience and context.
We want to promote high standards of English by equipping the children with sophisticated vocabulary and a clear understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for writing. We develop writing skills so that our pupils have the stamina and the skills to write at or above age-related expectations.