We are able to screen children for dyslexia at Dobwalls. Please note this is a not a formal diagnosis but does give a reliable recognition of learning difference. Children are monitored throughout school and all teachers and teaching assistants have received Dyslexia Awareness training. High quality teaching supports the inclusion of all children within lessons, including those children with dyslexia. However, we know that some dyslexic children will require additional support and this will be planned according to individual needs. Do talk to class teachers or Mrs Pipe if you are concerned with dyslexia, especially if you are aware of family history of dyslexia tendencies. We will normally screen children towards the end of Year 2 or early into Year 3.


Dyslexia Friendly Teaching Strategies at Dobwalls:


  •          Clear success criteria and learning objective shared
  •          Visual timetables
  •          Access to learning support materials: high frequency word flashcards, word banks, 100                squares, number lines, multiplication grids, rulers, dictionaries, thesaurus
  •          Pictorial recording choices
  •          ICT access
  •          Use of spare tables to reposition children as necessary for a quieter zone
  •          Individual targets for writing – known as catch-me cards
  •          Green marking and pink marking
  •          Brain gym and memory activities
  •          Storyteller actions and learning approach to stories
  •          Pastel coloured backgrounds on whiteboards
  •          Coloured overlay access as necessary for reading
  •          Positive relationships
  •          Whole class rewards system
  •          Displays and layout of classroom supports learning
  •          Opportunities to repeat previous learning
  •          Supportive classroom culture
  •          Differentiated learning activities




National Dyslexia Awareness Week

Every year, we take part in the dyslexia awareness week during October.  “No Pens” is part of this – a day of learning requiring no pens!  Children learn through a range of ways other than using a pen or pencil.  This includes drama and role play activities, multi-sensory activities e.g. playdough, paint, use of calculators, use of ICT, and other. A fun and exciting day, with an interesting mix of some missing their pencils whilst others do not!

Parent Dyslexia Support Sessions

Support sessions run termly –anyone is invited to come along. These sessions are a time for a group of parents to come together to discuss strategies they use at home, share ideas as well as learn about what happens in school.  Mrs Pipe shares ideas.

November 2019: Memory Focus.  See link below for further information:

February 2020: Spelling Focus.  See below for further information: