Focus English is a literature-based English curriculum from Focus Education.
Its aim is to support teachers and leaders with planning to guarantee there is continuity and progression in the teaching of English and to support pupils in mastering and deepening learning.
The curriculum is based on the use of high-quality texts which provide the driver for the unit. Across each year group, texts from classic to current authors have been selected to ensure that pupils experience a wide and rich reading curriculum to promote a life-long love of reading. Similarly, a range of poetry is fully integrated.
Each unit is broadly 6 weeks with flexibility built in to extend, adapt activities or introduce alternative activities based on rigorous on-going assessment. Outcomes and objectives are clearly identified, and activities planned to ensure that they are based on the year group learning.
Attention has been paid to looking at progression within each objective, breaking them down into steps towards achieving the end of year learning.
There is a sharp focus on reading and the units offer questions and activities which may be used in whole class or guided reading lessons. The beginning of each unit concentrates on understanding, responding to and deepening understanding of the text. This focus continues with on-going reading activities matched to the identified reading objectives. Word detective work should be a focus throughout.
Suggested incidental writing opportunities are identified throughout which includes working with vocabulary and sentences as well as responding to the text so that children have many opportunities to practise and consolidate writing skills.
Grammar work is clearly identified with all grammar being taught purposefully, in context so that it can be used in the identified outcomes. Grammar taught early in the year may not always be identified in subsequent units, but activities from units may be used in context in subsequent units to revisit and consolidate learning as necessary.
It will provide clarity and direction for all teachers and release them to focus on preparation and assessment.How It Works
Overview of the learning journey towards each end of year objective: For each year group, every objective - reading, writing and grammar - is broken down into steps which indicate the knowledge and understanding required to master the end of year learning. These ensure that learning is pitched appropriately and that progress is evident from unit to unit of work
Unit overviews: Six-week units, one for each half-term:
Watch a review from Essa Primary School
- High quality text identified which links to science/geography/history topic
- End of unit written outcomes identified - one narrative and one non-narrative and poetry as applicable
- Opportunities for application of prior learning identified
- Objectives identified for the unit with progression evident from term to term so that there is a clear process in which children acquire, practise and apply and deepen learning.
"Focus English has transformed English in school. I could tell by the Sats this week how much it has helped."
St Phillip's Primary School
"Easy to follow planning."
"Lots of ideas for planning activities."
"Children find the activities engaging."
"Short burst activities which work well for the children."
"Adaptable ideas for different lessons."
"Books are well thought of and suitable for children / age group."
"Use of picture books ideal for stimulating imagination and creativity."
"Links well with the objectives and is easily identified as to which objective it links to."
"Children find the books interesting/lessons engaging from adaptations of Ros' work."
"High quality texts have exposed our children to better vocabulary - school is more language rich and children now have deeper understanding of how to apply these words in their own work."
"Detailed MTPs include high quality planned out opportunities for writing across units - building blocks to end pieces are clear."