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English Overview

English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society. A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society; pupils, therefore, who do not learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently are effectively disenfranchised.

National Curriculum in England, DfE 2013


Welcome to English at TJS

English Coordinator: Miss S Manuel

Thomlinson Junior School believes that every child should have the right to a curriculum that champions excellence; supporting pupils in achieving to the very best of their abilities. We understand the immense value that a high-quality English education can play in enriching pupils’ lives. English at TJS aims to provide our pupils with the understanding, knowledge and skills needed to have an excellent, reading, verbal and written skills. We aim to nurture a love of reading and writing for all our pupils. Pupils will be given a rich learning diet and immersive environment, that will provide the foundations needed to be a highly literate member of society. They will recognise the importance English has on every subject and beyond the school.


Our Aims

  • For our pupils to read easily, fluently and with good understanding.
  • Develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information.
  • Acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language.
  • Appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage.
  • Write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences.
  • Use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas.
  • Are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.

Policies and Procedures

  • English Policy


At Thomlinson Junior School, we aim to enable all children to achieve to their full potential. This includes children of all abilities, social and cultural backgrounds, those with disabilities, EAL speakers and SEN statement and non-statemented. We place particular emphasis on the flexibility technology brings to allowing pupils to access learning opportunities, particularly pupils with SEN and disabilities. With this in mind, we will ensure additional access to technology is provided throughout the school day and in some cases beyond the school day.


More Information

For more information on the English curriculum at Thomlinson Junior School, please visit the Curriculum Content page and the Age Related Expectation page. Alternatively, contact the school via the main office or your child’s class teacher via Class Dojo.


Leaders understand that reading is the key to all learning. They have designed a curriculum that effectively promotes pupils’ reading fluency and confidence. Additional daily phonics sessions help pupils who are weaker readers to improve. Attainment in national assessments in reading is now above average.

Ofsted Report December 2019