At Fishponds CE Academy, we pride ourselves in our dedication to developing children’s literature. At the beginning of this academic year, we adopted the teaching sequences of the Power of Reading across our school. This has allowed us to embark on a journey to develop our children’s confidence when exploring texts through dance, drama, creative writing, poetry and various art media.

Our carefully chosen texts have been tailored to our curriculum. As a school, we find specific links within other subjects, enabling our children to become both knowledgeable and language rich across a range of topics.

At the beginning of each new text, we captivate our children’s imagination through explorative learning. We continue to develop our children’s reading and writing skills throughout the term, to empower them to create their own extended piece of writing, in response to their text, by the end of each term.

Books of both a fictional and non-fictional nature are chosen to enhance the understanding of various theme, genres and book features in every year group.


To find out more about the Power of Reading, please follow this link - https://clpe.org.uk/powerofreading.


The National Curriculum

The National Curriculum is used to ensure all children develop the relevant knowledge and skills for their year group.

Year 1 Curriculum Overview

Year 2 Curriculum Overview

Year 3 Curriculum Overview

Year 4 Curriculum Overview

Year 5 Curriculum Overview

Year 6 Curriculum Overview

English National Curriculum


Writing Targets

Each term, the children are set writing targets throughout the year. The teachers choose relevant targets for each child based on their next steps in learning. The children will be taught their targets and given opportunities to apply them in a number of pieces of writing. Target stickers are used to acknowledge when a target has been shown successfully. Once they have demonstrated confidence in using their target independently on a number of occasions, the teacher will set the children new targets.

Writing Across the Curriculum

We encourage children to apply their writing skills outside of the English lesson. The children are given opportunities to complete extended pieces of writing within non-core lessons. 


The children receive spellings each week to learn. Focused teaching of spelling takes place in each year group. Children are taught the spelling rules and key spellings outlined in the National Curriculum.  As well as learning rules and patterns, children are taught strategies to support them with learning spellings.

Spelling National Curriculum


In 2017/2018, we introduced a cursive approach to handwriting. In EYFS, the children learn to form letters, moving to a cursive formation when they are developmentally ready. In Year 1, the children form letters in a precursive style (unjoined). The children will begin to join some letters. By the end of Year 2, all children are encouraged to join their handwriting.