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The Dassett C of E Primary School

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At The Dassett C of E Primary School, English and the teaching of English is the foundation of our curriculum. Our aim is to ensure every single child becomes primary literate and progresses in the areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening. 

We aim to develop children’s abilities within an integrated programme of Speaking & Listening, Reading & Writing, delivered through our topic-based Cornerstones curriculum. Pupils will be given opportunities to interrelate the requirements of English within a broad and balanced approach to the teaching of English across the curriculum, with opportunities to consolidate and reinforce taught literacy skills.


We strive for each of children to become a ‘Primary Literate Child’.


We consider that it is vitally important that children have a secure understanding of the letter sounds and spelling system of English. Phonic skills need to be developed in a systematic, staged approach in order to help all children to ‘achieve their potential’. Teachers at The Dassett implement exciting and interactive phonic sessions which engage all children in this area of learning. We use Twinkl Phonics, one of the DfE’s approved phonics teaching programmes. It aims to help all children in our school learn to read by the age of six in a fun and accessible way. Following its own proven progression, the whole school programme matches the National Curriculum and Early Learning Goals. 


English at The Dassett C of E Primary School will not only be a daily discrete lesson, but is at the cornerstone of the entire curriculum. It is embedded within all our lessons and we strive for a high level of English for all.


Through using high-quality texts, immersing children in vocabulary rich learning environments and ensuring curriculum expectations and the progression of skills are met, the children at The Dassett will be exposed to a language heavy, creative and continuous English curriculum which will not only enable them to become primary literate but will also develop a love of reading, writing and purposeful speaking and listening. 

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