Speaking, listening, reading and writing are an essential part of all activities in the curriculum. At Ham Dingle Primary School we aim to provide children with a wide range of creative and inspiring activities to develop their mastery of these skills.

We strive to foster a love of reading in all of our children as well as the ability to write confidently and fluently. We encourage our pupils to take pride in their work and to aim for the highest standards in writing and presentation.

English is taught using a range of resources. 'Wordsmith' is our main vehicle for delivering the National Curriculum for English and it is supplemented with the 'Read it, Rip it, Rehearse it, Write it and Review it' approach developed by Ruth Baker-Leask that develops children’s understanding of reading and writing in an engaging way. We use high quality texts to engage children in their learning, extend their reading experiences and knowledge of authors. We know that the more books and reading that children are exposed to, the better their own written work becomes. At Ham Dingle our curriculum planning ensures that our children have regular opportunities to write for a range of different purposes in History, Geography, RE, Science and PSHE as well as in English lessons.


Every child takes part in a daily reading session for 30 minutes where they read for pleasure (in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 this also includes their daily phonics sessions). We use Accelerated Reader in Years 2-6  to develop children’s vocabulary and comprehension skills while engaging them with high quality texts suited to their own interest and ability.

For children in Reception and KS1, phonics forms an integral part of how they learn to read. Please see the Phonics page for further information. 


We follow the Kinetic Letters approach for handwriting across the school. This allows children to learn through movement and multisensory experiences. It is a physical programme that develops concentration and motor skills whilst learning how to form and join letters correctly. 

As a school we also follow the ‘No Nonsense Spelling’ programme. This encourages children to develop a wide range of spelling strategies, that are best suited to their own needs and learning styles, to help them become competent and accurate writers.

You can find out more about the English Curriculum at Ham Dingle by asking your child's class teacher or speaking to our English Curriculum Leaders: Ms Hunt for Key Stage 2 and Mrs Huggins for Key Stage 1

For Phonics and Kinetic Letters Handwriting in Reception (EYFS) please speak to Mrs Matthews.

Here is a video Mrs Matthews has prepared on Kinetic Letters.

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