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At The Berkeley Academy we strive to ensure that our focus is on the quality of provision for all aspects of English. Our children are given opportunities to read, write, speak and listen through a creative and varied curriculum which places an emphasis on the individual child performing to the very best of their ability.


We seek to ensure that each child becomes a confident individual who develops as a fluent writer, capable of expressing emotions and opinions clearly. Children are encouraged to think about purpose and target audience when writing, studying both fiction and non-fiction genres. An emphasis on working to a high standard of presentation ensures that children produce work of which they can be justifiably proud.


Through use of our large school library we actively promote reading and encourage the children to also make use of local library facilities. Throughout the year the school seeks to engage with visiting authors, poets and drama groups. The children enjoy celebrating activities such as World Book Day, whole school reading challenges and currently actively participate in the BBC Radio 2 “500 words” competition.


Phonics is taught cross the school on a daily basis. The children are ability streamed within Key Stage One for the phase that they are working in. The ‘Letters and Sounds’ structure is used to deliver daily phonics lessons. At Key Stage Two, the children are taught using both the ‘Letters and Sounds’ and the ‘Support for Spelling’ structures.


Our ultimate aim is that each individual becomes a confident speaker and listener who is able to value and respect the opinion of others.