Phase 1 (Year R and 1)
At Parklands we believe in creating a happy and stimulating start to a child’s school experience which will springboard them into a lifelong love of learning! As a phase we strongly believe in embedding a culture of curiosity and challenge in our children, enabling them to be engaged and motivated by their learning.
We offer a wide range of imaginative and creative experiences, allowing children to investigate and explore the environment around them as well as developing their fundamental key sills. Phase 1 is geared towards laying strong foundations from which aspirational and resilient learners can grow!
Phonics and reading is an integral part of Phase 1: alongside daily reading, phonics and class story time we have weekly open door reading sessions on a Friday afternoon where parents, carers and family members can come and join their children in class to share their favourite stories.
Our innovative and enthusiastic team will enrich the education, cultural and social development of the children in our phase.
Should you have any questions or queries about Phase 1, or your child’s learning, please feel free to come in and speak to me.
Mrs Natalie Green
Phase 1 Leader
A day in Year R
Each day children complete daily phonics and handwriting sessions, with a focus on developing their lettering formation and basic understanding of sounds. Following this the children will spend the morning with either a Maths or English focus, where they will work in small groups and also have the opportunity to choose their independent learning in both the indoor and outdoor classrooms across all areas of the Early Years Curriculum. The afternoons continue their themed learning, with the children choosing from a range of activities and resources on offer to them both inside and outside of the classrooms.
One morning each week the children will join in a PE lesson and one afternoon each week the children will have fun on our Wild walkabout followed by hot chocolate!
A day in Year 1
Each morning children have daily phonics sessions in small focused adult led groups followed by a handwriting session. Children will also take part in daily English and Maths lessons, and they have PE twice weekly with one morning slot. The afternoons are filled with fun, creative learning, ensuring that the children are immersed in the topic of the term, allowing for a range of skills and points of interest to be explored and developed.
At Parklands Primary School we follow the ‘Letters & Sounds’ phonics program. This scheme is broken down into 6 ‘Phases’ and each of these Phases is aimed to support reading and spelling at various stages of a child’s development.
The teaching of phonics begins as soon as the children join us in Reception and are settled into their new daily routine. We believe that to teach phonics in the most effective way, it should be taught in smaller adult led focused groups. Therefore, we alternate phonics and handwriting between each class, enabling us to utilise all adults effectively. We have found a rapid, quick fire method of revising, learning and applying to be highly effective. This method is followed throughout Reception and Year 1. By the end of Year 1, we aim for all children to be working within phase 5 of ‘letters and sounds’ ready for the phonics screening in the Summer Term.
In handwriting, children are taught to form both upper and lower case letters using the cursive script. Each letter is taught with an entry and exit stroke to support their transition to joined writing by the end of Year 2. The correct formation of letters is then encouraged and practised during their English lessons.
The children read with an adult weekly. We encourage the children to choose their own reading books each week to promote their enjoyment for reading: these books will be on the correct level for each child. Children will also have the opportunity for fortnightly library session to further extent their reading for pleasure! When reading, children will use their phonics knowledge to decode unknown words and discuss what they have read, finding evidence in the text to support their ideas. Children from Year 1 onwards will also take part in daily guided reading with a focus on comprehension skills, particularly inference based questions.
In Maths, the children will cover a range of mathematical areas including number, calculation, shapes, measure and handling data. Our Maths sessions are very practical and children will have the opportunity to work both independently and with an adult. In each lesson, the children will work on mental maths skills which promote their understanding of number and provide an opportunity to discuss new mathematical vocabulary.
Early learning in number and calculation in Reception follows the Development Matters EYFS documentation, when children move into Year 1 the Maths curriculum is designed to build on progressively from the content and methods established in the Early Years Foundation Stage.
“Built on the vision of ‘Fun, Creativity and Achievement,’ the staff and Governors of Parklands Primary School are committed to ensuring that each and every child is provided with an exceptional start.”
Tracey Coles, Principal, Parklands Primary School