What we do:
Much emphasis is placed on communication skills. We encourage children to listen carefully, talk, discuss, debate, reason and report. Phonics is taught systematically throughout the school as appropriate for each individual. We follow the Letters and Sounds programme. Children are encouraged to learn their spellings at home and House Points are awarded for children who practise every day and write 4 sentences using the words. Daily lessons ensure spelling rules are learnt and applied.  Assessments are regularly undertaken each term through our NFER tests.
Throughout the school we encourage a love of reading and we provide a wide range of books, both fiction and non-fiction. We follow CLPE's Power of Reading and have created our very own Dilton Marsh C of E Primary School Reading Spine. Please see below. We encourage the children to fully immerse themselves with the book through writing, art and drama activities. With your help, we want the children to use and read books confidently, both for pleasure and information. Children’s reading ability is carefully monitored throughout the school. A home reading scheme is operated in Foundation Stage through to Year 6, whereby children take home books to share with their family each week. We also give opportunities throughout the week for the children to read for pleasure and share great reads.
Instilling a love of reading is a really important aim of our English curriculum. 
Independent writing is encouraged from the very beginning and a variety of situations will be used to develop different writing skills, i.e. creative, descriptive and factual writing. The use of engaging illustrations and high-quality texts from the Power of Reading are central to our writing curriculum. These act as stimuli for children to develop and explore their writing skills. 
Spelling, punctuation and general grammar are taught at the appropriate stages. Grammar can be taught as a discrete subject, but is usually integrated into our writing lessons. At Dilton Marsh, children are encouraged to use a cursive script from Year 1. Please see our Handwriting policy for more details. Handwriting receives regular practice in each classroom.

We are very fortunate to have a wonderful school lending library decorated based on the children's own designs. Our library is well stocked and has a wide variety of books and magazines for the children to enjoy. 
Characteristics of Excellent Communicators:
- An exceptional talent for listening attentively so as to understand what is being said.
- A rich and varied vocabulary that gives clarity and interest to conversations.
- Clear speech that can be easily understood by a range of audiences.
- An excellent grasp of the rules used in English conversation, such as tenses and the grammatical structure of sentences.
- A highly developed ability to tell stories that capture the interest and imagination of the audience.
- A delight in initiating and joining in conversations.
- Respect for others when communicating, even when views differ.
What We Expect Of Our Readers:
- Excellent phonic knowledge and skills.
- Fluency and accuracy in reading across a wide range of contexts throughout the curriculum.
- Knowledge of an extensive and rich vocabulary.
- An excellent comprehension of texts.
- The motivation to read for both study and for pleasure.
- To be well read.
What We Expect Of Our Writers:
- The ability to write fluently and with interesting detail on a number of topics throughout the curriculum.
- A vivid imagination which makes readers engage with and enjoy their writing.
- A highly developed vocabulary and an excellent knowledge of writing techniques to extend details or description.
- Well-organised and structured writing, which includes a variety of sentence structures.
- Excellent transcription skills that ensure their writing is well presented and punctuated, spelt correctly and neat.
- A love of writing in all its forms.