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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. 

Spoken Language
At Park Community Academy through our spoken language curriculum, we aspire to enable all pupils to grow and develop as effective communicators in preparation for adult life. 
We provide a school environment which actively promotes children’s speaking and listening, language and communication skills. We value language and communication development as vital in children’s wellbeing and ability access and make progress across the whole curriculum. The National Curriculum for English highlights the importance of spoken language in pupil’s development across the whole curriculum, underpinning the development of reading and writing. At Park Community Academy we seek to celebrate each child’s communication strengths and meet their individual needs within a total communication, child centred approach. 
Pupils also participate in discrete communication lessons which build on children’s strengths in speech, language and communication and move their skills forward. For more information about how children’s speech, language and communication skills are supported please see the Park Community Academy SEND Information Report.

Reading starts in our Reception class, with the introduction of phonics when the children are ready.  Phonics is taught using Rapid Phonics.  In addition, activities from Letters and Sounds and Jolly Phonics 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.  We also use Rapid Phonics online and Rapid phonics books to support lessons and teaching.
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 3 times a year using PM Benchmark.
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.  Children are also twice a year through an independent write activity to monitor progression.










Yr. 1

 Theme - Inventions

Historical inventions through advertising and instructions

The writing machine

Information text– about your invention

George’s Marvellous Medicine, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Wallace and Gromit – Nick Park

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

Local community in the news, local papers, news that affects our community

Developing the community local projects/charities

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

The Story of Baba Yaga

The House With Chicken Legs

Instructions to make Honey Bread

Language and features from different cultures in text


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 The Clockwork Crow, The Last Spell Breather, Wonder

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.

Exploring a Narrative – This unit aims to enable earners to demonstrate knowledge of narratives taken from a range to include novels, short stories or media texts.