At Daven Primary School, we believe that Writing and communication are key life skills. Within their writing, children are able to confidently use the essential skills of grammar, punctuation and spelling. We set high expectations for all our children to take pride in their work where we have a fluent, joined handwriting style. We aim for all of our children to be able to write independently in a variety of genres and for a range of purposes with fluency, accuracy and enjoyment. We believe children should understand that from an early age that their writing needs to be accurate, legible and clearly organised. It is our hope for them that they will enjoy writing, see the value of it and for them to leave us as confident, accomplished writers. 


Through the English curriculum, we will help children to develop the skills and knowledge that will enable them to communicate effectively and creatively through spoken and written language and equip them with the skills to become lifelong learners. We use the 'Literacy Counts' scheme of work which empowers teachers to provide high quality teaching of writing through the use of high-quality literature. The units of work centre around vocabulary-rich texts which provide a wealth of writing opportunities. Several of the literature have strong thematic links to the Science, History and Geography curriculum also. 

Each unit is implemented with great success because they include the following:

  • Clear sequential episodes of learning
  • Example Texts
  • Clear Learning Objectives
  • Vocabulary learning
  • Contextualised Spelling, Grammar & Punctuation
  • Writer's Knowledge linked to National Standards
  • Sentence Accuarcy work
  • Progression Documents with Year Group Expectations
  • Example Planning Formats
  • Wider Reading opportunities
  • Explicit links to the National Curriculum

This planning scheme also allows opportunities for our children to be reflective learners by re-reading, editing and improving. Children's work is regularly celebrated with it being displayed termly in our Writing Corridor, as well as in other areas of the school. 


At Daven we want all of our children to develop a love for writing and enjoy writing for a range of different purposes using their developing skills and sharing their ideas across a variety of genres.                                                                                        

Children’s progress in writing is tracked through regular summative and formative assessment. Withing the Literacy Counts scheme, there are opportunities for an 'Incidental Write' which provides teachers with an assessment opportunity. Writing is teacher assessed against year group expectations which is recorded on our tracking system called Insight; this is supported using the Teacher Assessment Frameworks for Year 2 and Year 6. Writing is moderated internally, and externally within a cluster of schools.          

The impact of teaching and learning of writing is carried out through learning walks, discussions with children, book scruntinies, data analysis and progress meetings. Work is planned to address misconceptions and gaps in learning identified through assessments to ensure that the curriculum effectively meets the needs of all pupils.

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At Daven Primary School, we value reading greatly. We aim to inspire a love of reading through the introduction of high-quality, exciting texts spanning a range of genres, including stories, poetry and non-fiction texts. We want children to be confident readers, who enjoy reading a wide range of texts and learn new vocabulary from a range of authors.

We recognise the vital role reading can have on language development. Pupils are taught strategies to independently deduce the meaning of new words they encounter – such as through considering context cues. We also explore the morphology of words which allows for direct links to be made with spelling and grammar. To promote curiosity in reading, children also learn about the etymology of words and their relationships with other languages.


At Daven Primary School, we understand the importance of children getting off to a successful start with reading. We follow a synthetic phonics programme to support this rapid development of reading skills – Read Write Inc.  All teaching staff are fully trained in this programme. Children participate in daily phonics sessions and the phonics books sent home to read are matched to their point of reading development. These books contain only sounds they have previously learned, increasing their likelihood of success, which increases their motivation to read. Regular assessments take place to ensure children are closely tracked in terms of their phonics skills, enabling children who are falling behind.

In KS2, whole class guided reading sessions are used as a means for teachers to develop children’s reading fluency, comprehension and book talk. A range of texts are studied as children move through the school. We use Accelerated Reader programme to ensure children read books that are appropriate for their point of reading development. We have a dedicated library, and non-fiction zones throughout the school, with books from a range of authors, writing styles and genres to encourage a broad diet of literature for every child. The Accelerated Reader programme allows us to closely track the progress of children’s reading, enabling us to identify children who may need additional teacher support or guidance and to celebrate success.


At Daven Primary School, we aim for every child to be ready for their next phase of education. Those that are not, are supported appropriately to ensure they can catch up with their peers.

Accelerated Reader parent guide

Phonics parent guide 

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At Daven Primary School, developing children's oracy is vital to ensure our pupils can 'take on the world'. Across the curriculum, we have selected a range of activities to develop children's ability to articulate ideas, develop understanding and engage with others through spoken language. 

We know that in school, oracy is a oracy is a powerful tool for learning; by teaching students to become more effective speakers and listeners, we empower them to better understand themselves, each other and the world around them. It is also a route to empower all students, not just some, to find their voice to succeed in school and life. 

We are developing deliberate, explicit and systematic teaching of oracy across phases and throughout the curriculum, which will support children and young people to make progress in the four strands of oracy outlined in the Oracy Framework (shown below).

Download our overview to see how we develop oracy from EYFS to Y6. You can also download each of the subject LTPs to see how we develop oracy through subject-specific activites. 

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