The English Curriculum

We are incredibly excited to announce that, after Easter, we will be launching our new Curriculum for Literacy with Unity Schools Partnership (CLUSP).  This bespoke curriculum has been written for the Unity Schools Partnership by a field of experts and promises to be a ‘gamechanger: ‘ambitious and steeped in professional growth’ (Lauren Meadows, English Consultant).  Bringing CLUSP to our classrooms will enable our ambitions to provide excellence in teaching and learning:

At Place Farm Primary Academy, we firmly believe that the English curriculum is an incredibly important vehicle through which:

  • Pupils can develop a rich and deep understanding of the wider world;
  • Pupils can explore and discuss moral, ethical and social questions;
  • Pupils can make important links between subjects, to deepen and explore their understanding of other curriculum areas;
  • Every pupil can see themselves mirrored, whilst also being challenged to step beyond their own sphere of understanding and experience;
  • Pupils are prepared for success at the secondary level and beyond.

Within their journey at Place Farm Primary Academy, we believe that every child should:

  • Have the opportunity and support to become fluent, confident and skilled communicators, irrespective of their context or starting point;
  • Be exposed to a rich and diverse range of experiences, in both Reading and Writing, and be challenged to deepen and apply their English skills and knowledge throughout the curriculum;
  • Develop conceptual fluency in Reading and Writing, through a carefully developed curriculum that encompasses the principles of cognitive neuroscience and best practice;
  • Enjoy a curriculum that places emphasis on evidence-led research: cognitive load theory, principles of instruction, making vocabulary explicit, ensuring that generative learning tasks fit together securely in a curriculum structure to develop excellence.
  • Experience a curriculum that is unapologetically ambitious, cohesive and rich in knowledge and vocabulary.

Phonics

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 that incorporates aspects of ‘Letters and Sounds’ and ‘Jolly Phonics’. However, we firmly 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.

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 spelling and vocabulary

Please see attached documents for further information, and sample planning in the resources section.