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“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 Little Wandle systematic synthetic phonics programme 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 the Little Wandle resources, following a format for teaching that enables all children to make progress.
The resources on this page will help you support your child with saying their sounds and writing their letters. There are also some useful videos so you can see how they are taught at school and feel confident about supporting their reading at home.


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.


AT DVIS we want to foster a sense of reading for pleasure and to that end the children take home books form the class library to be read with and by their parents and carers. This sharing book is a book they have chosen to enjoy at home.

We use Collins Big Cat books to teach reading skills. Our teaching of reading is closely matched to the children's phonic knowledge and the progression of Little Wandle Revised Letters and Sounds. Reading practice sessions focus on decoding the words, using prosody (expression) to give meaning to the words and check comprehension and understanding of the text. This book is then made available as an e-book for parents and children to share at home.

Home Learning Sheets detailing new phonemes, tricky words and spellings taught that week will be shared with parents/carers via their Google classroom.


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

David Hilbert, German mathematician

Maths at DVIS

At DVIS we aim to create a sense of excitement and curiosity around maths, through high-quality, creative and inclusive lessons. Our Mathematics curriculum ensures that our pupils develop a deep understanding and fluency of mathematical concepts. Through regular monitoring and assessment we ensure that progress is made by all learners, enabling every child to succeed in the subject. Children are encouraged to make links between what they are learning and the world around them.

White Rose Maths

At DVIS we follow the White Rose Schemes of Learning to cover the National Curriculum objectives. Lessons are taught through a sequence of topics planned across the academic year. This enables teachers to continuously build on the children's prior learning and skills, to ensure that they develop a deep understanding and fluency.

Yearly Overviews:

Home Learning

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.

We work closely with other schools throughout Southwark to share best practice through observing teaching and learning in Maths, and in turn, developing our pedagogy.

Home Learning links

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: