Information about teaching and learning in English can be found here and on connecting pages.  Reading and writing are closely entwined as core elements of our curriculum and take place as explicit lessons but also underpin work across the curriculum.  We aim to give all children the best start in life and good English attainment is a key factor in future success.  Please find links below that set out detail on how we approach reading and writing in school.  Information about phonics teaching can be found on the READING page.

Our work in school is supported by research carried out by the Education Endowment Federation - Improving Literacy Reports for KS1 and KS2.  These can be found here...

Reading Intent

·       Reading lessons and activities will give pupils the opportunity to extend their knowledge and understanding of reading from phonics and early reading to being able to read fluently, and with confidence, in any subject in their forthcoming secondary education. – ASPIRATIONAL CITIZENS -“If you are going to get anywhere in life you have to read a lot of books.” — Roald Dahl


·         Enjoyment of reading for life will be inspired through working with a range of exciting texts and making links with authors to develop an understanding of the world COMMUNITY CHAMPIONS - “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” — Dr. Seuss


·       Children will be challenged to apply understand the 6 domains of the reading curriculum through the Reading V.I.P.E.R.S. terminology – vocabulary, infer, predict, explain, retrieve, summarise. – RESILIENT LEARNERS - “To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.” — Victor Hugo


·        Children will be given opportunities to work with a variety of texts, encompassing fiction and non-fiction and covering a range of genres – RESILIENT LEARNERS - “So many books, so little time.” — Frank Zappa


·        Children will be asked a range of open questions to elicit their understanding and will be challenged to give detailed reasoning in their responses to texts, where they will be expected to explain their thinking clearly– CONFIDENT COMMUNICATORS - “One must always be careful of books," said Tessa, "and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.” ― Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel


·         Children will be given opportunities to link their learning to other subjects, their local community and the wider world.  In particular, they will be given opportunities to write and discuss a range of literature to apply learned English skills within extended pieces - COMMUNITY CHAMPIONS - “Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write.” — Annie Proulx



 Click Below for an overview of our Reading provision at MDCP

MDCP’s Vision for Writing

Writing is a key skill for life both inside and out of education therefore it features across all the subjects taught across our school. Our aim is to provide children with key transferrable writing skills to build on year on year, that can be used throughout each phase of their education and prepare them for secondary school - ASPIRATIONAL CITIZENS.


Teaching children to write for a range of purposes and audiences is very exciting, we provide children with a range of engaging hooks to capture their imagination! We aim to provide the children with varied reasons and purpose for writing and believe that this not only produces higher quality writing but allows our learners to apply their skills to a range of different contexts -COMMUNITY CHAMPIONS.


Oracy is prioritised in our writing curriculum to build vocabulary for all learners and increase understanding of trickier texts used across our curriculum. Discussion, questioning and learning texts with actions all increase understanding and prepare our children with the tools they need to be successful in their writing. Writing across all subject areas will prepare our children, giving them opportunities for more in-depth approaches to analysing, planning and innovating their writing, thus benefiting them in their life-long learning journey - CONFIDENT COMMUNICATORS


Our aim is for ALL learners to achieve their full potential in writing and we are committed to providing the scaffolds and challenge needed for our children to achieve this.  Children learn to edit and develop their writing looking to improve it with the purpose and audience in mind – RESILIENT LEARNERS.