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The Dassett C of E Primary School

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We believe that communication is key and that it is vital to develop speaking and listening skills early on so that children develop their communication skills, their imagination and their literacy skills. 

Purpose of Study:

At The Dassett C of E Primary school 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 Bug Club 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. It uses well known characters from children’s television, interactive games and rewards to keep the children motivated.




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