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Priority Subject - English


The enjoyment and teaching of reading is a high priority at Dore Primary School.

Pupils at Dore Primary develop the ability to read, understand and respond to all types of writing, as well as developing information retrieval strategies.

Here are some of the strategies adopted at Dore Primary:

  • Banded book scheme that follows the phonic phases for early readers.

  • Phonics first and fast is our strategy for early readers.

  • Membership of Sheffield Schools Library Service for teachers to enhance teaching resources.

  • Extensive libraries in Infants and Juniors, including fiction and non-fiction.

  • Well stocked class reading book shelves.

  • Reading corners in every classroom.

  • First News delivered weekly in Y2-Y6

  • Home/school reading record books FS2 - Y4

  • Book Study (whole class) and Guided Reading (small groups) used Y1 - Y6.

  • Reading and Writing at home programmes in Y5 and Y6

  • 1:1 reading for vulnerable readers.

  • Rainbow Reading Scheme for vulnerable readers in KS2.

  • Story sacks for children in FS2.

  • Lunchtime Rocket Reading Corner (children in KS2 paired with younger readers).

  • Reading Volunteer 1:1 programme.

  • Weekly library slots in Infant and Juniors.

  • Roving Books Fair  - high quality in school visiting bookshop. Takes place in December and July.

  • World Book Day in March (Y6 perform a dramatization of a text).

  • New books catalogued using Junior Librarian.


Phonics is taught daily throughout FS and KS1 using ‘Letters and Sounds’. In 2019 92% of Y1s passed the phonic screening check and 98% of pupils had passed this check by the end of KS1. Phonics interventions are used in all year groups where necessary. Click here for a helpful guide for parents on understanding phonics.


Go to the Links page on Kid's learning to see some good sites for Reading. This link will take you to an interesting blog by Michael Rosen on the subject of testing children in Y1 Phonics.

This link will take you to a website where phonics games can help learning at home - some free activities - individual subscription £12 per annum. Phonics Play.

Character Costumes World Book Day

Y6 Drama for World Book Day

Reading Rockets - Taking part in the Bananagrams Challenge.

Meeting our Heroes at the Sheffield Children's Book Award

Year 5 visit Sheffield Central Children's Library


Pupils should develop a growing ability to construct and convey meaning in written language, matching style to audience and purpose.

Here are some of the strategies adopted at Dore Primary:

  • Cross curricular writing across half termly topics

  • A whole school approach using a recognised Teaching Sequence this includes:

  • Immersion in a topic developing vocabulary

  • Analyzing existing texts for good practice

  • Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) taught in context

  • Planning using agreed success criteria

  • Writing for real audiences and purposes

  • Reviewing and improving using red pens

  • Individual writing targets for all children.

  • Non-negotiables to secure basic skills.

  • Weekly spelling words to learn at home.

  • Weekly handwriting sessions.

  • Pen licenses for high quality handwriting.

  • Writing interventions where needed in each year group, for example Pirate Writing in Y3/4

  • Writing competitions, for example Young Writers.

  • Regular assessment using recognised whole school system.

  • Independent writing areas in FS2 and KS1 classrooms.

  • Children are enthused to write at home making links to their topic work.

  • Celebrating writing (learning journeys, displays, exhibitions and celebration assemblies).

  • Outdoor writing opportunities.

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG)

SPaG refers to the teaching of Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar in school. This forms an integral part of our English curriculum. SPaG is taught both directly and within the context of the class topics and themes.

Like all new learning, the process of ‘teach, practise and apply’ applies equally to SPaG. So, for example, once children in Year 3 have been directly taught examples of how to identify the present perfect form of verbs: 'He has gone on holiday,' rather than 'He went on holiday.’

This learning would then be practised and explored within the class’s topic, such as in reading or writing a biography about Jessica Ennis. ‘Even when faced with injury, Jessica has continued to show determination.’ For a helpful guide as to which grammatical concepts and terms will be introduced from Year 1 to Year 6 see: National Curriculum Appendix 2: Vocabulary, grammar and punctuation [pdf]

Drama - Hot-seating

Presentation in Celebration Assembly

Writing instructions for a purpose

Communication results of writing

Richard Hanks,
6 Jun 2018, 07:33