At Dunton Green Primary School we believe strongly that firm foundations in the English language, through reading, writing, speaking and listening, provides the fundamentals of learning and the way through which our pupils can best access all of the other areas of the curriculum.
English teaching is taught explicitly through SPAG (spelling, punctuation and grammar lessons), guided reading and comprehension skills and then the skills learnt are applied through our exciting creative curriculum, which provides a context in which we give learning meaning. This approach ensures that English skills are taught in a fun and meaningful way and enables the children to engage fully with the subject matter.
We are fortunate to have an exceptionally well stocked library which, alongside individual and guided reading resources, provides our children with a wide range of quality books. We teach reading skills through 1:1 reading, small guided group teaching and whole class teaching. In addition children are constantly exposed to new texts through their cross curricular learning and have the opportunity to choose their own books from our library or through our online reading resource, Bug Club. Teaching of reading is very carefully differentiated and for those who may find this more challenging we provide extra support through the reading recovery program, Accelerated Reader program and Readingwise.
A parent information evening was carried out in order to help parents support with reading. Information from that meeting can be obtained here:
We use cross curricular opportunities through our Cornerstones Curriculum topics to capture pupils' interest and spark off their imaginations by using trips and experiences as starting points for writing. We use these opportunities to ensure we are writing for a purpose.
Throughout the school year we also participate in book week, where we invite authors into school, hold events to celebrate favourite books and create our own works of literature to share with parents and the wider communities. We regularly participate in external writing competitions and have on occasions had examples of pupils' work published in books!