At Place Farm Primary Academy, we aim to create an inspiring and stimulating environment which enables children to achieve their full potential and become confident, independent young people, with a love for learning. We are committed to promoting high standards of language and literacy by equipping our children with a strong command of the spoken and written word. Links to our English Curriculum Mapping can be found below. 


At Place Farm Primary Academy, we understand that systematic, synthetic Phonics is the most effective way of teaching young children to read, developing the skills they need to tackle reading new words. In EYFS and Key Stage One, children experience a daily Phonics session which incorporates aspects of ‘Letters and Sounds’ and ‘Jolly Phonics’. However, we firmly that believe that for Phonics to be most effective, it must be embedded across all areas of the curriculum and strive to make links wherever possible. We are committed to ensuring that all children become fluent readers by the end of Key Stage One. 

Talk for Writing

As of September 2016, staff at Place Farm Primary Academy have been beginning to embrace and implement Pie Corbett’s ‘Talk for Writing’, into the teaching and learning of the English curriculum. Talk for Writing focuses on three main process; imitationinnovation and invention, and provides the basis for some English planning at Place Farm. To find out more about Talk for Writing, please visit the website, which can be found at:

Big Write

At Place Farm Primary Academy, we use Ros Wilson’s ‘Big Writing’ as an approach to teaching writing and raising standards. Fortnightly, children from Year One to Year 6 complete a ‘Big Write’ session, during which they are encouraged to; talk about what they will write; find exciting vocabulary to use in their writing; magpie exciting words from other writers; have a go at using challenging punctuation; re-read their own writing to up-level and understand what they need to do to improve. 

English at Home

To reinforce our teaching of English, there are ways to support your child at home: 

  • Aim to read with your child for at least ten-twenty minutes every evening
  • Discuss new and exciting vocabulary with your child wherever possible
  • Encourage the use of dictionaries and thesauruses to support with spelling and vocabulary
  • Complete fortnightly Talk Homework to support with Big Write