WE BELIEVE ENGLISH IS BEST TAUGHT THROUGH EXCITING, CHALLENGING AND WELL-ORGANISED LESSONS WHERE ALL THE STUDENTS ARE MOTIVATED TO ACHIEVE THEIR FULL POTENTIAL.
At DBIS we deliver this whilst ensuring the students develop the key skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. Our stimulating learning environments and high quality resources are effective tools in engaging students so they are able to express their ideas within a range of contexts, catering for a variety of learning styles.
Effective teaching of English at Primary School is fundamental to students academic, social and emotional development. Our English provision is therefore underpinned by robust programmes that are considered best practice in the UK and worldwide. The synthetic phonics programme we use from Reception through to Year 3 is Read Write Inc (RWI). In addition to this, we deliver the Talk for Writing programme developed by Pie Corbett.
Our curriculum is continually adapting to suit the learning needs and interests of our students. Teachers use a range of assessment strategies to monitor and challenge all students so that every student is able to achieve their full potential.
Providing constructive feedback and encouraging our students to be reflective in their learning journey is an essential element of effective teaching. Through systematic target setting, the students assess their own and peer’s reading and writing capabilities. Modelled through the teacher's own formative marking, students are well trained in giving appropriate feedback and reflective learning is a characteristic of English lessons at DBIS. Watching the children learn from each other in this way is an extremely positive experience.
Beyond the classroom, we ensure that every student has regular opportunity to visit the fantastic school library in our Discovery Centre, and to celebrate and enjoy good quality texts at every opportunity. Each year authors and poets visit the school as part of our Book Week Celebrations, which is in addition to numerous other book related days and activities that are planned throughout the school year. Classes and Year Groups across the school take a number of English focused trips that further inspire and develop their literacy skills and love of reading.