At DESS, we pride ourselves on providing children with a rich and varied Literacy experience. We strive to excite and engage children with lessons which are relevant to the world in which they are growing up, and to prepare them for the workplace of tomorrow. Where possible, Literacy is linked to the thematic learning which is taking place in school, and pupils are given opportunities to shape the direction of their learning.

Through creative teaching methods, children at DESS take part in a wide variety of Literacy learning experiences such as research, drama, delivering presentations to live audiences, creating e-books, using dance to inspire writing, performance poetry and role-play, as well as exciting events such as World Book Day.

Technology is integrated to provide children with a learning experience which equips them with the literacy skills required in the modern world.

Reading and Writing are essential skills and children are provided with the tools needed to excel in both areas of the curriculum. We inspire children to become lifelong readers for pleasure and provide meaningful reasons to write, giving children an understanding of why literacy skills matter.

Our curriculum also provides comprehensive coverage of the 2014 National Curriculum, ensuring a rigorous approach to the teaching of Spelling and Grammar.

As children at DESS are reflective learners, we foster a learning environment where children have a clear understanding of their steps to success and an awareness of the next steps in their learning. Skilled differentiation and use of support staff enable this exciting learning to be accessible to all of our children.