ORIM based projects
Framework for early literacy
Opportunities, Recognition, Interaction and Models (2011–2012)
Kay Davies of Kirklees LEA and Zohra Dabhad of Blenheim Pre-School in Dewsbury worked together to explore how the ORIM framework could promote ‘readerly behaviours’ in three and four year old bilingual children.
Booklet of advice for parents on early reading (PDF, 385KB), created by staff at Blenheim preschool, compiled from parents' comments on the WOW cards and questionnaires.
Read how they encouraged parents as ‘recognisers’ (PDF, 385KB)
Using the ORIM framework to make a difference when working with bilingual families (PDF, 6.4MB), a booklet by Kay, Zohra and Yasmin of Gladstone Primary School.
Farmilo Primary School and Foundation Stage
Foundation Stage manager Vanessa Blore used the project as an opportunity to support the early writing of four year old twin boys through home visiting. She also organised a reading workshop and home activities to encourage ‘booktalk’ within families at this Nottinghamshire primary school.
First Steps Nursery School
Environmental print was the inspiration for a series of very successful activities at this private nursery in Sheffield, organised by Rachel Hitchens-Orr and Sarah Williams.
Read about Rachel and Sarah’s environmental print morning and their ‘Share and Learn’ packs (PDF, 238KB)
Gladstone Primary School
Early learning mentor Yasmin Rifat worked with the parents of Punjabi-speaking children in Foundation Stage at this Peterborough primary school.
Details of Yasmin’s work is featured in this presentation on using the ORIM framework to support bilingual families (PDF, 5.2MB)
Grace Owen Nursery School
The collaboration of Mandy Foster at this Sheffield nursery school and Dylan Yamada-Rice of the University of Sheffield led to the use of the ORIM framework with images in the environment.
Holmsdale Manor Nursery
Pre-school teacher Katie Ward organised two evening workshops for parents at this Leicestershire nursery. Drawing on the ORIM framework, one event focused on early writing and the other on environmental print.
An overview of the events organised by Katie (PDF, 210KB)
Details of the two workshops and their impact (PDF, 1.9MB)
Early writing workshop resources (PDF, 750KB)
Information for parents about early writing (PDF, 543KB)
Information for parents about environmental print (PDF, 492KB)
Manor Community Childcare Centre
Annie Jones is a teacher at this Sheffield Children’s Centre. She set up a ‘Read and Return’ book scheme encouraging families to borrow books for sharing at home. She has also undertaken home visits with specific families to support literacy development.
Read about the ‘Read and Return’ scheme (PDF, 255KB)
Annie’s reflections on home visiting (PDF, 77KB)
Monteney Primary School
At Monteney Primary School in Sheffield, Foundation Stage teacher Clare Slinn and Children’s Centre teacher Clare Rowntree-Jones used the ORIM framework to support families in their understanding and recognition of early writing. Their work involved home visiting and supported transition from nursery to school.
Read the learning stories of the children involved (PDF, 185KB)
Read the conversation between the two Clares and Vanessa Blore about home visiting (PDF, 100KB)
Find out more about Oliver and Rylee’s learning stories and how Clare and Clare organised the home visits (PDF, 804KB)
Sheffield Playbox Project
Three Sheffield Local Authority early years consultants used the ORIM framework to support two year olds in relation to play and learning.
Read about the Playbox Project (PDF, 237KB)
South Acton Children’s Centre
South Acton Children’s Centre in London provides breakfast, lunch, after-school and holiday clubs for 60 children. Hazel O’Neil worked with staff to develop early writing bags and a leaflet on early writing, and to run a workshop on communication, language and literacy development.
Tamworth Early Years Children’s Centre
Tamworth Early Years Children’s Centre in Staffordshire provides a nursery school for children aged three to four years, day care for children aged one to three years, and an outreach service.
Read about Jayne Walden’s use of the ORIM framework in her outreach work with one particular family (PDF, 215KB)
Find out more about Lexi’s story (PDF, 2.4MB)
Using the ORIM framework with childminders in Hastings
Childminders are in a unique position to enable children to explore the environment and help children become competent readers and writers. Julie Bowles is the Childminding Improvement Officer at the Children’s Services Department, Eastbourne, East Sussex.
Read about her experiences of using the ORIM framework with childminders in Hastings (PDF, 268KB)
Details of how the childminders used the ORIM framework to plan activities relating to environmental print (PDF, 3.3MB)