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Welcome to the English area of our website!

The subject leaders for English at St James' are Mrs. Tindall and Mrs. Uttley.


Our Christian Vision for English:

At St. James’, we aim to foster and promote a love of reading for all our children. We believe that reading opens up another world to children beyond their own experiences and can spark their imagination. Reading is something that involves the wider school community; it can be done at home with families, with an adult in school, with another child or simply for pleasure. Reading is a lifelong skill that we equip the children with so that they can leave our school ready for the next stage in their life. Beyond education, the foundations that we put into place for reading will develop vocabulary and communication skills for a wide range of paths the children may take in the future.


At St James' we believe that literacy - speaking, listening, reading and writing - is a key life skill which contributes to all aspects of academic, social and emotional development. This is why we have put literacy at the heart of our curriculum through which children not only learn the skills but have regular opportunities to apply them for a purpose through real experiences. It is our aim that our children become enthusiastic readers and writers and are able to communicate effectively and confidently across the curriculum.


Snapshot of English


Reading is an integral part of the process of learning and also an essential life skill. We are always looking to champion reading in everything that we do in school. With this in mind, we have some exciting story-based events coming up this term in school that are designed to promote a love of reading. Storytelling Day will take place on Wednesday 5th February following in March by World Book Day, which school will be celebrating on Wednesday 4th. More information about these events will be sent out/put on the website in the forthcoming weeks. 



A focus this year has been on cross-curricular writing. The children have produced some amazing work linked to their studies in History, Geography and Science. More information on the links made between English and other subjects can be found on our English overview document on this web page. 



Being articulate and speaking confidently in public (be that 1 person or 100) is a key life skill and one that we are working hard on in school. It is also one of our SKATS (Skills and Attitudes) that runs alongside the National Curriculum requirements. From speaking to their partner or teacher to performing in a whole class production, we are constantly looking for ways to promote this. This term will also see the start of the Blackburn with Darwen Debating League where our Y6 team will be putting their 'argumentative skills' to good use! The debating skill of putting your point across is also going to be developed in other classes too. 


Subject Overview

Storytelling Day - 5th February 2020