At Essa Primary Academy we use Focus Education’s highly regarded English Resources as the basis for our bespoke Essa Curriculum. It provides continuity and progression in the teaching of English and supports pupils in mastering and deepening learning. The curriculum is based on the use of high-quality texts, which provide the driver for each unit. Across each year group, texts from classic to current authors have been selected to ensure that pupils experience a wide and rich reading curriculum to promote a life-long love of reading. Similarly, a range of poetry is fully integrated.
Each unit is broadly 6 weeks with flexibility built in to extend, adapt activities or introduce alternative activities based on rigorous on-going assessment. Outcomes and objectives are clearly identified and activities planned to ensure that they are based on the year group learning. Attention has been paid to looking at progression within each objective, breaking them down into steps towards achieving the end of year learning.
There is a sharp focus on reading and the units cover a wide range of questioning and activities, which are used in whole class teaching and guided reading lessons. The beginning of each unit concentrates on understanding, responding to and deepening children’s’ understanding of the text. This focus continues with on-going reading activities matched to the identified reading objectives.
In terms of writing, children have many opportunities to practise and consolidate writing skills, formally and informally, throughout each unit. All children will complete a ‘Big Write’ every two weeks so teachers gain a snapshot of a child’s progress in writing regularly throughout the year.
Grammar work is clearly identified with all grammar being taught purposefully, in context so that it can be used in the identified outcomes. SPaG is integrated into English lessons wherever possible, so that children have the opportunity to apply newly taught skills immediately.
We follow the PenPals Handwriting programme.