English at Cambridge Park

Developing communication through speaking, listening reading and writing is a key objective at Cambridge Park Academy.

The aim of the English department in the Academy is to enable all pupils to achieve their highest potential as a reader.


We use the 'Letters and Sounds' resource published by the DfES as a basis for the teaching of phonics.

Pupils develop their grammar, reading and spelling skills through a variety of activities: computer based, kinaesthetic e.g. using Phonix cubes or magnetic letters and games and paper-based activities. Pupils in Key Stage 2 and 3 also have access to the Lexia Core 5 internet-based reading and spelling programme. All pupils have access to a variety of Literacy activities using iPads e.g. Mr. Thorne does Phonics and Twinkl.

Reading schemes

With this in mind we enable pupils to consolidate their reading skills through the use of a range of reading schemes. In the Primary department, the principle reading schemes are: Phonics Bug, Big Cat phonics, Oxford Reading Tree (www.oxfordowl.co.uk) and Wellington Square.

Pupils also regularly develop their reading skills through guided reading lessons.  For guided reading lessons we principally use the Rapid Reading and Rapid Plus reading schemes; however, guided reading lessons are based on pupil need and interest and a variety of other texts may be used to both motivate and enable pupils to access reading at all levels. 

Pupils are encouraged to take reading books / activities home. Please contact Mrs. Walker or your child’s form tutor if you would like your child to take a reading book home.

Key Stage 4

We continue to work on key skills to develop and consolidate reading, writing and communication.

Pupils will work towards a variety of qualifications dependent on their ability: 

  • CERTA Personal progress 
  • AQA Entry Level ‘Stepping up to English’ qualifications 
  • OCR ‘Living Texts’ (GCSE equivalent), level 1 or 2

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