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Park Community Academy follows the programs of study laid out in the New Curriculum as appropriate and at a level depending on the abilities of the children in each class.  Where possible, teachers use the programs of study as the foundation for their literacy planning and teaching.  They are aware of the statutory requirements in the 3 different areas – Spoken language, Reading and Writing and endeavour to cover these in their literacy lessons.  However, due to the very differing needs of the children in each class it is necessary for teachers to carefully choose the PoS most likely to meet the needs of their pupils.  Targeted support is also given throughout the year with smaller groups where needed.



Spoken Language

A high emphasis is placed on spoken language at Park Community Academy and opportunities are built into the daily timetable to allow children to develop their speaking and listening skills, not just in literacy lessons but in all areas of the curriculum.  We believe that spoken language underpins the development of reading and writing and, as many of our children have communication difficulties, it is given a high level of importance throughout our teaching.  Twice weekly communication slots are provided in KS2 to help support BSL communication at our school.


Reading starts in our Reception class, with the introduction of phonics when the children are ready.  Phonics is taught primarily through the ‘Jolly Phonics’ scheme which uses talking, singing and actions to help the children to remember the sounds.  In addition activities from Letters and Sounds are used to help children who are finding it difficult to retain the sounds.  The children also enjoy exploring, creating and listening to sounds and a huge emphasis is put upon listening to and discussing a wide range of stories read by the teacher to help the children develop their interest in reading for pleasure and also their comprehension.

When appropriate reading books are introduced. At Park Community Academy the reading books are banded according to P.M. Benchmark and the children are encouraged to read and experience a broad range of books within their book band including fiction, non-fiction, poetry and plays.  As well as actual reading books, each child throughout the school has access to the online reading scheme ‘Bug Club’.  This can be accessed at school and at home and is extremely popular with the children.   Children’s word reading and comprehension is assessed at least 3 times a year using PM Benchmark.

In KS3 and 4 Rapid phonics is used to support children in their phonics lessons. Toe by Toe is used with our older children who have significant difficulties with reading.



As soon as children start at Park Community Academy they are encourage to develop basic handwriting skills through a range of gross and fine motor activities.  Only when teachers feel the children are ready will they start to introduce more formal writing activities.  As they progress through the school the programmes of study will include transcription, handwriting, spelling and grammar.  Composition is initially taught through the use of colourful semantics.  Clicker 7 is also being used to provide targeted support with a small number of children.  Children are also assessed on a termly basis to monitor progression.




KS3 & 4 English Scheme of Work

Key Stage 3 

In Key Stage 3 we will continue to follow the different topics in each term – this is a rolling programme for 3 years. These are a guide to ensure broad and balanced coverage across the Key Stage. Staff will differentiate the themes to ensure challenge and age appropriateness.





Yr. 1

 Theme - Inventions

Fiction is invention

The writing machine

Information text– about your invention

George’s Marvellous Medicine

Dragons Den

Theme – Communities

Poetry (shape and harvest)

Making an autobiographical book

Writing own book for sharing with the infants

Writing guide books/leaflets about Park school/local community


Horrid Henry Stink Bomb

Theme - Horrible Histories

Vicious Vikings

There’s a Viking in my bed


Terrifying Tudors

Rotten Romans

Factual writing.



Yr. 2

Theme – Earth, Wind and Fire

BBC Look and Read—Through the Dragons Eye

The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe

Weather poetry

Scripts, newspaper reports,

Story writing, instructions

Theme - Tourism & Holidays

Fiction - Cliff-hanger



Writing scripts


Holiday poems

My dream holiday

Recount– when I went on holiday

Play – Our Day Out

Theme - World War 2

Carries war

Goodnight Mr Tom

Diary of Anne Frank

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas 

Doodlebug Alley

Radio broadcasts


Yr. 3

Theme - Heroes & Villains 

Comic Strips

Narrative Techniques of a comic strip

Superhero Poetry (Acrostic)

Mega Boy/Captain Underpants, Beaver Towers

Descriptive Writing


Story Writing

Alliteration & Similes


Types of punctuation

Theme -  Media


Creative writing

Advertising and persuasion writing

Leaflets, posters, radio jingles,podcasts

Language and features of newspapers

Report Writing

The History of print


Theme - Civiisations

#New topic#


Key Stage 4 

In Key Stage 4 we will begin and continue to work towards an Entry Level in English. This includes Reading, Writing and Speaking, Listening and Communicating. Staff will differentiate the themes to ensure challenge and age appropriateness.







Key Stage 4

Entry Level

Fiction book – study of Holes

Shakespeare extracts

Non-fiction - Newspapers

Media - Genre

Speaking, Listening and communication

Study of a play  / fiction text

Personal (extended) writing.

Functional English – organising an event

Poetry – Descriptive

Letter writing – formal and informal


Key Stage 5 

In Sixth Form pupils continue with their functional English lessons and also have the opportunity to complete the ‘Additional English’ qualification from WJEC. Additional English assesses the skills of knowledge and understanding of literary texts and pupil ability to read and understand non-fiction and audio/visual texts. Pupils are also given the opportunity to create their own narratives. Additional English is available as an 8 credit Award or a 13 credit Certificate at Entry 2 and 3 and is assessed purely through internal assessment; there are no examinations for this qualification. There are a range of units available for Additional English. Units studied so far at PCA include:

Exploring Film Genres - This unit aims to enable learners to gain knowledge of film genres and their key features.

Creating a Print Media Product - This unit aims to enable learners to gain the knowledge and skills to develop and create a print media product.

Exploring Shakespeare - This unit aims to enable learners to demonstrate knowledge of a play by Shakespeare.