“There is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who have not found the right book”

Frank Serafin

English at DVIS

Please find here some information and handouts from our 'English at DVIS' parent sessions that we hope you might find useful.

We used a book based approach for the teaching of writing using quality literature from a range of authors. English lessons include drama and role play to support the children in developing their skills and ideas for what to write. We create purposeful writing opportunities to practise sentence structure and spelling patterns and rules.


We use the Letters and Sounds scheme for teaching phonics. We find this a systematic programme and a great basis for teaching children the phonics children require for reading and writing. We use our teaching expertise and other resources to bring these lessons to life whilst following a format for teaching that enables all children to make progress.

How to pronounce the sounds of the English Phonic Code, when teaching children to read with Synthetic Phonics.


We follow the Penpals handwriting scheme, to ensure the children learn how to form letters and join correctly and neatly. We teach the following letter families: Long-legged giraffes, One-armed robots, Curly caterpillars and the Zig-zag monsters.

For more information visit:

Reading Schemes

We use a variety of reading schemes and series of books that are fully decodable and aligned to Letters and Sounds. Our preferred collections are Collins Big Cat and Rigby Star as we believe they foster a love of reading through engaging pictures and content in both fiction and non-fiction books. The reading scheme books are chosen by children for home reading and also for guided reading sessions in class.

Bug Club

Bug Club is an online reading scheme that we use alongside our reading scheme in school. Books are selected according to your child's ability, supporting their reading decoding as well as comprehension, with questions to be completed along the way. Each child is issued with their own login. Please click the link below for more information:


“Mathematics knows no races or geographic boundaries; for mathematics, the cultural world is one country.”

David Hilbert, German mathematician


From Reception to Year 2 we use a wonderful resource called Numicon which really enables the children to build an understanding of the concept of number. Find out what Numicon is and discover activity sheets, videos, and kits to support your child as they learn maths with Numicon at home.


Mathletics is an online learning tool with hundreds of curriculum-based games, activities and tutorials. Each child has their own login and password to access content for their year group. If you are unsure of your child’s login details please speak to their class teacher.

SE London Maths Hub

We are part of the South-East London Maths Hub. The Hub is sponsored by the Department for Education and is a leadership network of teachers aiming to develop and spread excellent practice for the benefit of all pupils across South-East London. Alongside The Hub, DVIS aim to develop ‘teaching for mastery’ at our school. Mastery involves developing deep and lasting understanding of mathematical procedures and concepts. At DVIS we use White Rose Maths to deliver the maths curriculum as a sequential and logical approach to ensure learning of these skills.

Maths Resources

Here are some useful websites and resources to support your child with maths at home:

At DVIS we use White Rose Maths. If you would like to learn more about White Rose Maths or support your child at home, here is a link to some resources:

Contact us

Dulwich Village C of E Infants’ School 
Dulwich Village, London SE21 7BU

Telephone Number: 020 7525 9233
Lake Building: OPTION 2
Francis Building: OPTION 3
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

© Dulwich Village Infants' CE School.