Horsehead Lane, Bolsover, Derbyshire, S44 6XH.
We are a member of Derby Diocesan Academy Trust - Registered Company number 9442311.

01246 822324

Bolsover Church of England Junior School

With Faith, Hope and Love, we grow together.

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English at Bolsover

“The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written language, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.”

(DfE 2013)


To become fluent in reading, writing and expression.


English – opens up a world of creativity and adventure to take our pupils forward to the future.

"Reading and writing float on a sea of talk..." - James Britton


Reading, writing, speaking and listening together form the key components of human communication. We learn from one another through our ability to communicate, and so it is undeniably true that English lies at the heart of all learning at Bolsover Church of England.


At Bolsover Church of England Junior School, our English curriculum is designed to ensure that our pupils secure the necessary reading, writing and linguistic skills to become enthusiastic and independent writers, articulate communicators and develop a love of reading. We believe that a high-quality English education will teach our pupil to speak, write, listen and read fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions, both verbally and written form, to others.


We have developed and planned an ambitious, creative and innovative English Curriculum to support and challenge all of our learners. We strive to provide exciting and engaging lesson, which immerses the children in their learning and fosters a love for reading, a passion for discovery and confidence to explore the world around them.


We follow the National Curriculum programmes of study and have tailored our school curriculum to meet the needs of all of our learners, providing them with the essential knowledge, understanding and skills necessary.


A range of high-quality texts have been carefully chosen to enrich the teaching and learning linked to out half-termly topics and provide memorable and enriching experiences for our pupils.


We believe English underpins the work undertaken in all other areas of the curriculum and is essential for educational and social progress. The acquisition of language skills is of the utmost importance and, therefore, the teaching of all aspects of English is given high priority within school. Overall, our English curriculum provides our pupils with the necessary life skills for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences they will undoubtedly face in life beyond Bolsover.


Subject Leader

The subject leaders for reading and writing in school are Mrs Lesley Ellis and Miss Sophie Spencer. They can be contacted on 01246 822324, or via our school email at Our English nominated governor is Mrs Christine Holmes-Elenor who can be contacted via the same contacts above.


The National Curriculum Aims

The National Curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:


  • 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. 


You can find the full National Curriculum programmes of study for English at Key Stage 2 by clicking here.


Subject Policies & Guidance

English Policy

Reading at Bolsover Policy

Handwriting Policy


Curriculum Document - what do the progression of knowledge, skills and vocabulary in English look like at Bolsover?

Assessment in English 


Careers in English

The skills you gain across the English curriculum can apply to a wide range of careers. The teaching and learning of English supports careers in:

  • Author
  • Journalist
  • Education – such as a teacher
  • Politician
  • Lawyer
  • Marketing Executive
  • Writer
  • Actor


Useful links and websites for English

Reading & Writing

BBC Bitesize - Reading & Writing

BBC Bitesize - Different Writing Genres


BBC Bitesize - Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling

Grammar Monster


Speaking & Listening

BBC Bitesize - Speaking & Listening

Gallery - Evidence of English In School