Not all of our children arrive at school with the same experience of books and great literature so we put reading at the heart of our curriculum. High quality and aspirational texts are used to engage children in their learning and each day, children enjoy being read to from a variety of class texts which often link to their topic. Complementary, age appropriate texts are used across the curriculum, helping to foster the children’s love of reading and provide examples of high quality writing.

Spelling begins with daily phonics lessons in Reception and KS1 and is built upon from Year 2 with spelling rules taught following the No Nonsense Spelling Scheme. Phonics is taught daily to ensure that from the beginning of Reception, children are becoming fluent readers and spellers. This is matched by a reading scheme that is targeted at the children’s phonic knowledge.

We want our children to leave Diss Primary Academy Partnership (DPAP) with a love of literature which matches their aspirational goals in life.


The national curriculum for English aims for all pupils to: -

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
  • are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.