At Daubeney we are committed to raising standards in Literacy and follow the National Curriculum in order maintain accurate coverage across the year. In order to maximise opportunities to develop literacy skills, we make cross curricular links wherever possible. To ensure that we meet the needs of all learners lessons are differentiated.

In Early Years we follow the Early Years curriculum to ensure continuity and progression from the Foundation Stage through to the National Curriculum.


All children at Daubeney experience reading using a wide and varied selection of fiction and non fiction genres as is appropriate for their age and ability. We have a range of approaches to develop children’s reading skills, reading stamina and love of reading. This includes:

Phonics: Synthetic phonics is taught through the Letters and Sounds programme from Nursery to Year 2. (more about Phonics...)

Reading Recovery: This is an early intervention programme of study aimed at supporting children to achieve National Expectations.

Daily Supported reading: This programme provides children in KS1 with a daily reading lesson. When we teach this aims are: to develop children’s independence for reading, develop use of richer language to secure meaning and to stimulate thought.

Shared reading: Opportunities are provided through the planning in literacy for children and teachers to read and respond to a shared text.

Guided reading: Guided reading takes place in year 2-6 at least 4 times per week. All children read with an adult at least once a week. We use clear planning and tracking ensures that targets are set which are linked directly to the child’s progression. Children in year 1 move into Guided reading when teachers feel they are ready.

Home reading: In order to further enrich their reading experiences, children bring home books every day to read with an adult and to talk about its content. Books are regularly changed at school in order to build up the range of books read.


In order to teach writing we follow the National Curriculum to teach writing, spelling and grammar. All children at Daubeney experience a range of writing activities including both fiction and non fiction writing. They are given opportunities to check and improve and publish writing in order to aid their progression and meet national expectations. To develop writing we use the following approaches:

Each child will produce one piece of extensive high quality writing and one shorter piece each half term. The writing activities are related to quality texts and stimuli or the cross curricular topic to give the writing purpose and context. The main genres are narrative, poetry, reports, letters and persuasive arguments.

Grammar: Children in Year 1- 6 are taught grammar through discrete sessions based on the National Curriculum expectations for each year group. This teaching is reinforced by applying the grammar rules and punctuation associated which each genre.

Spelling: In Year 1 - 6 spelling is taught following National Curriculum Guidelines. It is taught as a discrete session twice a week and also integrated into literacy and guided writing sessions. Children in Years 2 - 6 are given spelling to practice at home for a weekly spelling test to assess their progress.


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