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.
World Book Week...
At CCJ, we celebrated World Book Day with a whole week of special events!
Children’s author Amy Wilson kicked off our World Book Week with a special assembly and workshops about her books ‘A Girl Called Owl’, ‘A Far Away Magic’ and ‘Snow Globe. We loved hearing about how Amy brings magic to life and lots of children had their own copies autographed!
The theme of this year’s World Book Day was ‘Share A Story’. On Tuesday, the children each chose a book to share with their buddy from a different class. They got the chance to explain what made their book so great and it was lovely to see everyone sharing so many fabulous stories!
On Wednesday, we held a special assembly in which we shared several of the fantastic postcards that we received from children during half-term. There were lots of different books chosen by both children and staff and it was lovely for everyone to get new ideas for some exciting books to read next!
On Thursday it was national World Book Day! To celebrate the day, children and staff dressed up as various book characters. It was lovely to see so many different costumes, and such a lot of thought and effort behind them. Well done - you all looked great! Every child also received a World Book Day £1 Token.
On Friday, children from all classes had the opportunity to design the front of a book voucher. These will be entered into a national competition. The top design will be made into a real-life National Book Tokens gift card, to be distributed across bookshops nationwide in time for Christmas! Good luck CCJ!!
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: