Dollis Primary School Excellence in all we do Shaping attitudes, efforts and ambitions


We believe that reading is at the centre of learning.

We aim to support and challenge every pupil in order to prepare him or her for the wider world.

Through irresistible learning opportunities, we prepare our pupils to grow into responsible, respectable, independent citizens:

  • Every child a thinker
  • Every child a reader
  • Every child a writer  

What is the rationale behind the English curriculum in the school

At Dollis, we follow the Power of Reading approach.  This underpins the teaching of English with quality literature and offers opportunities for writing across all subjects.  This tried and tested approach provides ideas, inspiration and structure for our literacy curriculum, raises literacy standards and develops a love of reading and writing across all key stages. The scheme used to deliver phonics at Dollis is ‘Sounds Write’.


Strategies  and Approaches




Sounds Write decodable  books

Sounds Write decodable  books

Sounds Write catch-up (as appropriate)

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar activities


Whole class reading


Whole class reading




Power of Reading texts for writing

Power of Reading texts for writing using the PAT approach.

Reading Statement of Intent


Central to learning is creating a life-long love of reading and books and at Dollis, it is our belief that every child should be able to read for pleasure and to a high standard.


We want to develop our children’s imagination to open up a treasure house of wonder and joy for curious young minds. We want all children to recognise the importance of reading as a life skill and understand how it will impact aspects of their adult lives, eg. reading instructions, buying food, email communications, purchasing tickets. We also believe that every child should be given the tools to develop into an enthusiastic and confident reader both at home and at school.


A child's reading skills are important to their success in school as they will allow them to access the breadth of the curriculum and improve their communication and language skills. Through reading, children have the opportunity to develop culturally, socially and emotionally as well as reaping the benefits academically.  


At Dollis a ‘Love of Language and Vocabulary’ is developed and fostered for the enjoyment, challenge and understanding of text. This love of language and vocabulary is developed through daily exploration of new vocabulary, poetry, a variety of fictional genres, non-fiction, test questions and even through research.


Reading improves language and vocabulary, inspires imagination and gives everyone the opportunity to develop and foster new interests.