Bishop's Cleeve Primary Academy


Core Curriculum

Our core curriculum focuses on doing the basics well, helping children develop their knowledge of Reading, Writing and Maths. We are passionate about providing children with meaningful experiences which help them to link their learning.




At BCPA we use the Talk for Writing approach to teaching English across the Whole School. We have worked closely with Talk for Writing Trainers in recent years to develop an exciting, engaging and excellent learning experience in all areas of English; Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing which allows for children to develop their skills holistically and enjoyably.

Units of work begin with a "hook" to set the learning off and this excites and engages pupils. All classes use story mapping to teach the 'model text' when teaching stories and follow the cycle of Imitation, Innovation and then the opportunity to Independently Apply their new skills. This approach is also used when teaching non fiction units.

Role play, discussion and active learning is encouraged in English and the subject is often linked with curriculum themes, allowing children to make links with their learning and develop their vocabulary.  The practice of Shared Writing is embedded and teachers model writing regularly, asking for the pupil's ideas as they do so.

Writing in English is frequently celebrated through the practice of 'publishing' and this is presented either as a display or in their topic books, or often, both.

We have regular visits from practising Authors to inspire our children in their writing. Our Teachers are really passionate about it too!


At Bishops Cleeve Primary Academy a love of reading is fostered and developed in all our children. During their first year of school, children
are taught to read and write through the use of systematic synthetic phonics. We use Essential Letters and Sounds to deliver this right across EYFS, year

and also into year 2. In Early years, the children are taught all of the sounds and use these to segment for spelling and to blend together for reading. We use the ‘Reciprocal Reading’ approach to teach reading. This method is a tried and tested way of supporting children develop their decoding and comprehension skills.

Phonics - Essential Letters and Sounds



“We aim for all children to read well, quickly” 

What is phonics? 

A method of teaching beginners to read and pronounce words by learning to associate letters or letter groups with the sounds they represent. There are 44 main sounds in the English Language. Each sound is represented by a grapheme (the written representation of a sound). 

In the GLA we follow Essential Letters and Sounds (ELS). The key principles of ELS are based upon: 

  • The delivery of whole- class, high-quality first teaching with well-structured daily lesson plans. 
  • The use of consistent terminology by teachers, children and parents. 
  • The use of consistent resources that support effective teaching. 
  • Repetition and reinforcement of learning. 
  • Regular and manageable assessment to ensure that all children ‘keep up’ rather than ‘catch up’.  
  • The ‘E’ model  

All of our pupils in EYFS and Year 1 have daily ELS lessons. ELS teaching also continues in Year 2 and into Key Stage 2. If required, some pupils receive ELS interventions to support the ELS principle of “Keep up not catch up.” This ensures all our pupils have the best start to early reading.  

We regularly host ELS parent sessions which provide you with the opportunity to learn about how we teach phonics to your child/children. These sessions also inform you about reading with your child at home and giving you the opportunity to learn some sounds yourself! If you were unable to attend our most recent session or are new to our school please speak to your child’s class teacher as we are always very happy to provide more information.  

For further information on how you can support your child with their phonic learning, please follow the links provided. 

ELS parent presentation

ELS sound mat phase 3 to 5


Children are taught efficient written methods for mental and written calculations in maths, which are practised and applied through a wide range of contexts. We use Power Maths as a resource to support teachers in the delivery of high quality maths lessons. The core mathematical skills are revisited frequently in order to enable children tobecome proficient in number fluency, allowing them to choose and use the most efficient and effective methods for solving problems and undertaking investigations. We aim to develop learners who adopt life-long skills central to mathematical fluency and mastery.