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BurlingtonJunior School

English Area

Through our teaching of English we aim to:

Provide a stimulating curriculum based around high-quality texts, promoting interest, enthusiasm and enjoyment of the subject.

In this section, you will find information regarding our English curriculum and any resources shared throughout the year. 

To see how English is taught in individual year groups, please go to the 'Curriculum Grids' section on the left hand side of this page.


Our aims in reading:

  • For children to enjoy reading.
  • To provide a stimulating reading environment to enable all children to become independent and confident writers by the end of Key Stage 2.
  • To develop independence in decoding words.
  • To develop comprehension, interpretation and the ability to form opinions of a broad range of fiction and non-fiction texts.

​Recommended Reading Books

​Is your child finding it difficult to choose their next reading book? The Book Trust's website is a fantastic place to start. Using their website, you can search for a new book to read based on your child's age or interests. The Book Trust have also created a number of different book lists including '100 books that children should read from the last 100 years' and 'the Great Books Guide' to name a few. Please use the links below to access these book lists on the Book Trust website.


The Teaching of Phonics

At Burlington Junior School we aim to provide a stimulating reading environment which enables every child to become an enthusiastic, independent and confident reader by the end of key stage 2. When joining Burlington Junior School, all children in Year 3 are assessed according to the Read, Write Inc baseline assessment. Children who have not met expectations in phonics at the end of year 2 are put in to differentiated phonics groups. These groups make use of Read, Write Inc resources which support synthetic phonics teaching in a systematic way. Throughout key stage 2, children continue to make use of their phonics skills to enable them to decode and blend sounds in unfamiliar or tricky words. Children also develop their abilities to understand, interpret and infer meaning in a variety of different texts and genres. Reading is developed in this way through guided reading in small groups, whole class guided reading, buddy reading across year groups, 1-1 reading and independent reading. To encourage independent reading in school and at home, children are able to select differentiated books to read according to their reading ability and they are also able to borrow both fiction and non-fiction books from the school library.  Teachers in all year groups read aloud to classes as often as possible to enthuse about texts, encourage enthusiasm and to model reading as an essential and useful skill. For more information about reading at Burlington Junior School, please see the reading section in the ‘Teaching and Learning’ Policy.


Please see Oxford Reading Tree for tips on how to read with your child.



Our aims in writing:

  • To enable all children to become independent and confident writers by the end of Key Stage 2.
  • To ensure a competent grasp of cursive handwriting.
  • To encourage enjoyment of writing for purpose.
  • To teach spelling, punctuation and grammar to improve the quality of written work.

 To view the writing assessment statements for the end of Key Stage 2, please click the link below 'Yr 6 Writing Statements for Children'.

Listed below are the spelling word lists for each year group. Please encourage children to not only learn how to spell these words but also understand the word's meaning in different contexts. 

Please click on the link below for a guide for parents to help improve your child's reading and writing skills.

To view the information from our recent ' bring a male to school' morning