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English at Dersingham

English at Dersingham is planned to ensure that pupils are given the upmost opportunities to develop their language, building upon their existing linguistic skills. Planning is taken directly from the National Curriculum 2014 and is developed through the use of quality texts which provide links to other areas of the curriculum where appropriate.

Using some lexically challenging texts, we are able to provide many opportunities of development of pupil’s language acquisition. We aim for all lessons to be meaningful and purposeful so that pupils can relate what they have learnt within their own and the outside world. A range of text types are used in order to expose pupils to a variety of styles and forms of writing.


Reading is taught through Guided Comprehension (previously named Reciprocal Reading). Again, the purpose of this model is to ensure that pupils have opportunities to thoroughly explore texts and themes and develop their understanding through discussion and a range of written activities. Throughout our curriculum and as a key focus in reading sessions, pupils are taught to justify ideas with reasons; ask questions to check understanding; and evaluate and build on the ideas of others. This enables our pupils to clarify their thinking as well as organise their ideas for writing.

Handwriting and Spelling

Handwriting and spelling are an integral part of the curriculum. We encourage pupils to have excellent presentation in all subject areas and transfer the skills taught within these areas into other subjects such as Science, Maths and Topic. We teach handwriting in a systematic and progressive manner; beginning with marking making skills in EYFS to competently forming letters consistent in shape and size using a preferred joined style by the end of Key Stage 2. 

Each year group teaches spelling through the identification of patterns or morphology, using the spelling rules as found in Appendix 1 of the National Curriculum.


This week (Monday 14th January 2019), 8 gifted writers from Dersingham attended a writing course at The Hurst, in Shropshire. The project is run by Arvon and is a chance for the children to work with published authors for a week.  The children got to experience writing in a completely different setting and throughout the week took part in writing sessions with the published authors and got the chance to create lots of pieces of their own writing. The children even got 1:1 tutoring sessions with the authors which focused on how to make their writing the best it can possibly be.

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