We believe:

At Parkside Academy we know that in order to provide a high-quality education, which will help prepare our pupils for their futures, children must have a solid grasp on all aspects of English: reading, writing, grammar and spelling. As Parkside has literacy at the core of our ambitious curriculum, we help inspire our pupils’ curiosity and provide pupils with crucial skills that are fundamental to unlocking all subjects in the curriculum and, equally as important, help them to explore the world around them, through secondary school and beyond.


Reading, writing and oracy are the tools within which all knowledge is imparted and entrenched; therefore ‘English’ is embedded throughout, within and across our Parkside curriculum. Within ‘English’ itself, knowledge starts from the earliest of experiences with phonemic awareness, leading to phoneme/grapheme correspondences – with children learning to read being our absolute priority. Alongside this, children constantly build their personal bank of vocabulary as well as knowledge of the way the English language works, its grammatical conventions, sentence components, its subtleties and nuances. Children also build a knowledge of ‘rich stories’, being exposed to high quality texts that are read to them, shared and discussed with them as well as reading these for themselves. Knowledge of famous authors and poets are embedded within our curriculum.


For centuries, words have been our most powerful tool in helping generations recognise their past, to help understand their present to better inform their future. At Parkside Academy, we share this love of vocabulary and the magic of words. Through reading a range of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and traditional tales, our children are immersed in a breadth of vocabulary to help them explore their place in the local community, their nation and the world, and use these texts as fuel to write their own musings on the world they live in to help continue this cycle.


Through rich stories, pupils meet significant people (from the past and present), who have left an everlasting imprint of our world. By introducing pupils to these figures within English lessons, or other subjects across the curriculum and story time; important themes, values and lessons are shared. Reading inspirational stories, provides us with mirrors, windows and doors to the possibilities of our future and allow us to set aspirations we wish to achieve.


The literary world takes many shapes and sizes and holds a whole range of possibilities. It is an area where imagination can take hold and transport us to different cities, countries or realms. Through a variety of carefully chosen books, children at Parkside are introduced to places beyond the school gates and meet people from the past and around the world. By putting the stories into context, we bring to life the sense of curiosity, exploration and discovery and, in turn, evoke these ambitions in our children.

As a school, we aim to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping children with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading – both across the curriculum and at home. As a school, we aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding.
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information.
  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language.
  • appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage.
  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences.
  • use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas.
  • become competent in the art of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.

Our tools:

From nursery to Year 1, Parkside uses Letters and Sounds (LCP) to teach and embed early reading skills and the learning of phonics. From Year 2 onwards, pupils are taught spelling patterns and understanding through No Nonsense Spelling. Teachers will also use other schemes to aid in the teaching of reading and development of reading comprehension skills, such as Read Theory, Oak National and Vocabulary Ninja. From Nursery to Year 6, each year group has a selection of Core Books which are shared as a whole class or provided to children for home use and reading enjoyment.