At Dunton Green we inspire our children through a meaningful reading curriculum that fosters a love of literature, develops fluency, critical thinking and comprehension skills, and provides exposure to a wide range of genres and authors.
At Dunton Green we inspire our children through a meaningful writing curriculum that encourages creativity, focuses on the skills required to write coherently and effectively using varying levels of formality, and develops writing stamina across the curriculum.
English at Dunton Green
At Dunton Green, we believe becoming literate is central to any child’s development. As a result, we ensure that English is taught every day, in every classroom. Children are also given opportunities to read and write across other curriculum subjects and are provided with opportunities for creative writing.
Skills taught in English lessons are in line with the National Curriculum and cover: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) is taught in conjunction with extended writing tasks and the children are taught to use their SPAG skills in longer pieces of writing. High quality texts - relating to the topics children are studying - are regularly utilized to engage the children, foster a love of reading, and as a stimulus for writing opportunities.
As well as a daily English lesson, the children are given separate reading lessons three times a week, which cover a range of skills including: summary, prediction, questioning and comprehension. ‘Drop Everything And Read’ or DEAR, is a daily reading opportunity designed to: encourage our children to ‘read for pleasure,’ develop children’s fluency, and broaden their knowledge of authors and genres. Daily reading at home - recorded in a Reading Record - is also required at Dunton Green. We have well-stocked book corners in each classroom as well as a full library that the children can regularly use to choose books for learning and for pleasure.Whenever possible, further opportunities to engage the children in language and literature beyond the curriculum are always utilised. This could be through trips, workshops in school, or clubs. In recent years, we have played host to storytellers, authors and Shakespearian actors.