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At CCJ, we ensure that our English Curriculum is really varied and exciting to ensure that our children are interested and engaged in their reading and writing sessions. We use high quality texts from Shakespeare to Roald Dahl and work on a two year rolling curriculum. On this page, you will find lots of helpful information about how to support your child with spellings, reading and writing so that your child can make the best possible progress.


Please click on the links below to access the information from our recent reading workshops.

Comprehension and Active Reading PowerPoint

Early Reading and Benchmarking PowerPoint

Book levels

At CCJ, all children who are not yet 'free readers' will take a short benchmark assessment, which means they will read a short passage aloud to an adult and answer comprehension questions about what they have read. This will help us to choose the correct level book for them so that the texts they bring home are just right in terms of challenge and new vocabulary. The chart above shows the order of the book levels at CCJ.
Year 3 parents should note that the reading scheme at the Infants goes up to lime level, after which children are 'free readers'. As our reading scheme has more levels, some children who were previously free readers at CCI will now have a levelled reading book again. Although expression and pronunciation are extremely important, children will also need to have a good comprehension of events, the characters and the themes to move up to the next level.
Our reading books can be found in the 'Reading Hub' in the middle of the school, right next to our library, where there is a new display showing all the reading levels. Children also have the opportunity to choose a book from our extensive selection of library books to take home and read in addition to their levelled text.
As part of our weekly homework, all children should read their levelled reading book (or library book if they are a free reader) at least five times a week. Every child has a yellow reading record to note when they have read and to keep a track of which books they have already read.
Comprehension is a very important part of learning to read so it is important to ask your child lots of questions about their book to help them progress to the next level. If you have any questions or concerns about your child's book level, please speak to their class teacher, who will be able to discuss your child's next steps.

Free readers

If your child is a free reader, which means they are working above the level of our reading scheme, we will be developing a new scheme over the next few months so that they have regular access to high quality texts - watch this space! In the meantime, please encourage them to use our wonderful library to choose a good read. 

Spelling in school

At CCJ, we make sure that spelling is fun! Every week, children have the opportunity to practise their spellings in school three times a week. Children complete a range of different activities to help them learn spellings rules and then use them correctly in their own writing.

Spelling at home

To help your child become a confident speller, we set weekly spellings on a Tuesday and these are tested in class the following Monday. Depending on your child's year group, the amount of spellings your child receives will be slightly different.

Lower Band: 5 spellings linked to a weekly rule and 3 statutory words

Year 5: 7 spellings linked to a weekly rule and 3 statutory words

Year 6: 8 spellings linked to a weekly rule and 3 statutory words

We recognise that not all children learn spellings in the same way and therefore we encourage children to develop strategies which work for them. Here are some different strategies you could use at home to support your child with learning their spellings.

What are statutory words?

Statutory words are words which the Department for Education requires all children to have learned before they leave primary education. There are two different lists for Key Stage 2: words which children must have learned before the end of year 4 and words which children must have learned before the end of year 6. These words are either words which don't follow the weekly rules children are learning or words which are frequently misspelled or tricky to remember.

At CCJ, your child will learn three of these words every week.

Please find the statutory word lists below:

 Lower Band Statutory Words.pdfDownload
 Upper Band Statutory Words.pdfDownload
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