Dauntsey Academy Primary School



Reading is the key to all learning. Without it, pupils cannot confidently access learning in other subjects. It is a vital skill for life, and one which opens many doors of opportunity and imagination.

Reading Intent Statement

At Dauntsey Academy Primary School, pupils establish an appreciation and love of reading at all stages of their learning journey. We are committed to sharing high quality and vocabulary-rich texts across the curriculum so that pupils may develop knowledge of themselves and the diverse world in which they live. Our pupils develop their comprehension skills by reading widely, using both fiction and non-fiction texts. We start teaching phonics from day one in Early Years and follow a systematic, synthetic phonics programme which ensures children build on their growing knowledge of the alphabetic code, mastering phonics to read and spell as they move through school. By the time our pupils leave us, they read fluently and can recommend books to their peers, seek out books from a range of different genres including poetry and engage in discussion about texts. Once our pupils have unlocked the key to reading here with us at Dauntsey Academy Primary School, they will be able to apply their reading skills to access any subject in their secondary education and beyond.


Pupils are gifted with inquisitive minds, enthusiasm and creative imaginations. Our approach to writing aims to harness these qualities and nurture them, alongside exposure to high quality texts, vocabulary and key knowledge to help them shape exciting new ideas.

Writing Intent Statement

At Dauntsey Academy Primary School, pupils are independent, creative and confident writers who can write for a range of audiences and purposes across different text types. We explore a wide range of high quality model texts and a rich vocabulary which pupils can accurately apply and creatively base their own writing on.

Furthermore, we provide frequent, purposeful, and varied opportunities to write across the curriculum, enabling the children to make judgements concerning the tone, style, format and vocabulary appropriate to the audience. Pupils develop an understanding of the writing process, including proof reading and editing to enhance their work and have the essential skills in spelling, grammar, punctuation and composition that will be lifelong. 


Oracy is the ability to articulate ideas, develop understanding and engage with others through spoken language.

Oracy Intent Statement

At Dauntsey Academy Primary School, pupils have their own voice, as we believe this is vital for their future success. All children speak clearly to a variety of audiences, are articulate and express their thoughts and ideas and participate in respectful discussions. We see oracy as part of the school’s ethos, not a stand-alone lesson and it is threaded through daily school life.