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Reading, Writing & Phonics

At Dorchester Primary School we follow the requirements of The English National Curriculum, which can be found below.

Throughout every curriculum area there is a strong emphasis on the basic skills of Reading and Writing, which are key drivers throughout our curriculum.

Children read in class as part of guided reading, wholes class book share and Talk for Writing sessions. Children have opportunity to read individually and may have additional intervention sessions to support their reading.  In addition we ask that children read frequently at home and we provide home/school reading resources.

To promote reading we award a ‘Reading Champions’ certificate every Friday in assembly.

Writing at Dorchester follows the ‘Talk for Writing’ approach and is taught daily and children have opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of a wide range of genres.  Cross curricular writing is utilised frequently. Handwriting remains a key focus and a cursive style is taught from foundation stage. Handwriting is celebrated with a certificate in Friday assemblies and children aim to earn a ‘pen licence’ across key stage 2.

At Dorchester Primary School we follow the letters and sounds scheme and Phonics is taught daily in Reception and Key stage 1. Phonic teaching continues in year 2 and across the rest of key stage 2 for those with specific difficulties. Spelling, grammar and punctuation are taught within writing sessions but may also be taught in discrete sessions if needed.

In addition to this we use a range of published reading schemes including Oxford Reading Tree and Bug Club.

We also use specialist SEND programmes such as Words First, Language for Thinking, Precision Teaching and Developing Inference programme.