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At Blue Coat Junior School, we recognise that every child has the right to an education and within that education, we understand the crucial importance of studying the English language. The English language is the basic language of communication within our society and is the foundation for almost all the learning which takes place in our school. We believe that a mastery of language can empower the learner and allow children to express their thoughts and ideas more fluently, accurately and, ultimately, to their greater satisfaction. Through reading in particular, children have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Improved performance at reading, writing and spoken language is essential for independent learning and allows children to deal more successfully with other curriculum subjects, while enriching their lives beyond school. 


Our central aim for English is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. 


Our aims in teaching English are that all children will: -  

  • Develop the necessary skills to use the English language confidently, appropriately and accurately to the best of their ability;  
  • Be able to speak clearly, fluently and cogently;  
  • Be able to use discussion in order to learn by elaborating and explaining their understanding and ideas to others;  
  • Be able to listen to the spoken word attentively with understanding and empathy;  
  • Be able to read a wide range of materials easily, fluently and with good understanding for enjoyment and for information, in order to engage with the wider world;  
  • Be able to write clearly, accurately and coherently for a range of audiences and purposes using spelling, punctuation and grammar accurately and confidently.

Our Reading Vision

Undeniably, reading feeds pupils’ imagination and opens up a treasure trove of wonder and joy for curious, young minds. Our vision here at Blue Coat is that all pupils are given the support and opportunity to realise their full potential. Through reading, we help our children to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. We believe that reading is a fundamental skill that allows children to access and enjoy the wider curriculum. Staff in our school recognise that reading is central to children’s progress, and our aim is to create a partnership between staff, children and parents/carers which we see as crucial to the success of their education, and to developing a lifelong love of reading.


‘The more you READ, the more things you will KNOW. The more that you LEARN, the more places you’ll GO!’ - Dr. Seuss


‘If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.’ -Stephen King

Reading Exemplar Work

Writing Exemplar Work