English Across the Curriculum

At Unity City Academy we seek to promote high standards of literacy in all of our subjects across the school. We believe it is vital for students to leave Unity City Academy well-equipped with the literacy skills they will need to be successful throughout their life.


At Unity City Academy we focus on three key techniques to improve students’ spelling:

Read, write, cover, check

Break the word

Memory Hook


Countless studies have proved the academic benefit of reading widely for pleasure. Reading widely and regularly not only improves your vocabulary, spelling and understanding but it has also been linked to improved results in Maths. At Unity City Academy we actively promote a culture of reading across the school, not only for the academic benefits it brings but also for the sheer enjoyment that comes from reading a good book.

All students at Unity City Academy have access to Accelerated Reader. AR allows teachers to develop a reading programme to suit the needs of all students. On average, AR will produce two years’ reading age growth in just one academic year.

Sentencing and Punctuation

From 2015, there will be an increased focus on SPAG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) in all GCSE exams. Students will be awarded marks for the accuracy of their writing in the vast majority of subjects and not just in English. With this in mind, it’s important for students to get into good writing habits in all their subjects. Classrooms at Unity City Academy have resources to support students to develop these skills, providing a consistent approach across the whole school.

Literacy and Numeracy Catch-Up Premium

The Government has made a commitment to provide additional funding to schools for each year 7 pupil who did not achieve at least level 4 in the Key Stage 2 national curriculum tests in reading and/or mathematics. The purpose of this funding is to enable schools to deliver additional support.

Unity City Academy uses this extra funding to provide additional support to year 7 students in both English and mathematics, to accelerate their learning and bring them up to speed so that they are able to reach their full potential at school.

This support includes adapted Schemes of Learning and personalised resources to scaffold learning. Primary trained teachers and specialist teaching support provide guided group work and one on one tutorials focusing on comprehension skills, sentence level work and basic numeracy.

To access English in a flash, please click here.

To access Accelerated Reader, please click here