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English at Dallam

At Dallam Primary School, we support the development of our children’s communication and language through both written and spoken words at every opportunity.  Literacy is a key life skill and among the most important a child can learn in school. By providing curriculum rich in reading, writing and oracy, developing children’s literacy is at the foundation of every learning opportunity.  

Reading supports children’s learning but also enriches their lives.  At Dallam Primary School, we enable children to read fluently and for meaning as soon as possible, but a love of books is also of high priority.  Nurturing a reading culture excites curiosity and sparks imagination.  

When writing, children are increasingly encouraged to understand the impact of their writing on the reader; knowing how and why their writing is effective.   Children feel safe to make mistakes, confident to edit their work independently and help their peers if needed. Our children are taught, and will explore in depth, a wide variety of text types and toolkits for writing.  They will use grammar and punctuation accurately and understand spelling conventions. Children will choose from an ever widening range of vocabulary and sentence structures, thus enabling them to communicate their ideas with growing confidence.

Speaking and listening is valued as fundamental in pupils’ language and social development.  It is an essential tool for all areas of the curriculum for both thinking and learning.  Talking and communicating with others is an integral part of our curriculum and is not only encouraged but is also explicitly planned for.   

Our curriculum will build on prior learning, knowledge acquisition and ensure progression as children move through school. By fostering creative and resilient learners, the children of Dallam Primary School will leave for their next stage in education, articulate and proud.


Throughout both key stages, we follow the ‘Talk for Writing’ approach for teaching English.  High quality texts are chosen to inspire and motivate our children, exciting and inspiring ‘hooks’ into the text are created by our teachers and clear and purposeful outcomes are planned for each unit.


In  EYFS and Key Stage 1, our focus is on pupils gaining phonic knowledge from the beginning. We use the phonic programme Read Write Inc consistently from Nursery to Year 2.  Alongside this, our children recognise that some words cannot beo decoded using phonics alone.  Therefore, we teach high frequency and non-decodable words alongside our phonics programme. 

In Key Stage 2, teachers follow the National Curriculum expectations for spelling in each year group and the statutory word lists.  Children are given the opportunity to explore and make connections between the strucutre and meaning of words within the teaching of spellings.

If you require additional information relating to the curriculum please speak to your child's class teacher.

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