Christ Church CofE VC Junior School

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Christ Church CofE VC Junior School

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  1. Curriculum
  2. CCJ Curriculum
  3. Writing
  4. Spelling and Grammar

Spelling and Grammar

English Leader: Kathryn Davis

NEW: Grammar guide for parents

Please see below for our guide to key grammatical terms that are taught to children during their time at CCJ. We hope this will help you support your child's learning at home.

Word scrambles

Once a week, children at CCJ complete their 'word scrambles' to help them learn their statutory words (see below). The children are given anagrams of the statutory spellings that they are learning and have to 'unscramble' them to learn them correctly. This helps them to learn which letters are used in each spelling. Children have to be accurate: they must complete them all correctly three times before they can move on to the next list!

The resources for Word Scrambles can be found by following this link.

Spelling in school

At CCJ, we make sure that spelling is fun! Every week, children have the opportunity to practise their spellings lists in school. 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 Monday 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. You can find the latest spelling lists on the homework page.


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 practise some of the statutory words each week during their 'word scrambles' lesson as well as on their weekly spellings list at home.