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Dundonald Primary



We teach English skills through a carefully selected range of high quality children’s literature (using the Power of Reading model to stimulate children’s imaginations. A variety of Talk for Writing techniques are used to immerse children in these texts, for example through role play, drama, ‘Book Talk’, story mapping and book making.

We encourage children to:

  • Write for pleasure and express creative ideas in many forms including poetry
  • Write for a variety of audiences including real audiences
  • Write a range of genres and for different purposes
  • Plan, draft, discuss and reflect on their writing
  • Use cursive handwriting which supports correct letter formation and spelling
  • Use correct grammar and punctuation.
  • Use phonic awareness to help spell unknown words.
  • Develop a good knowledge and understanding of spelling patterns and irregularities in English spelling

Phonics and Spelling

In Year 1, children have a systematic, discrete phonics lesson each day, following the Letters and Sounds for Phonics programme. Children are given daily opportunities to practice and apply their skills in their reading and writing across the curriculum.

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar are taught throughout the school and weekly spellings are sent home each week from Year 2 (Year 1 from spring term).


At Dundonald we enrich the reading curriculum through an annual book week, library visits, Wimbledon BookFest and visiting authors. Reading widely for pleasure and information is promoted throughout the whole curriculum.

We encourage children to:

  • Develop a love and enjoyment of reading
  • Read for purpose and information
  • Use reading as an integral part of learning throughout the curriculum
  • Develop and use different strategies to decode unknown words
  • Have a secure understanding and knowledge of phonics
  • Read easily and fluently with increased confidence and understanding
  • Acquire a rich vocabulary
  • Experience a full range of genres
  • Develop individual’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development through the reading and sharing of quality literature

Throughout Upper and Lower school, children develop a range of reading skills through shared and guided reading. Children read to a teacher at least once a week, either in a Guided Reading session or individually.

We use a variety of reading schemes throughout the school. These include Oxford Reading Tree, Rigby Star, Rising Stars Rocket Phonics, Collins Big Cat and PM Starters.

Carefully planned guided reading sessions develop children’s ability to discuss and understand the texts they read. Children have a personal reading record which we encourage parents to write comments in. Comprehension skills are taught explicitly during reading and English sessions and consolidated through carefully planned learning opportunities across the curriculum.

Visiting Wimbledon Bookfest