Together, we can do it!
At CJS we believe that reading is a skill for life; one that underpins almost everything else we learn and ensures an individual can develop into an informed and active member of this ever-changing society. Our aim is to equip each and every one of our pupils with a love of reading and a secure set of reading skills which will aid them with the next stage of their education and life beyond! A newly refurbished school library was unveiled in April 2017, and stocks of reading materials – including interactive libraries – have been invested in heavily since September 2015. Reading Champions are appointed in each class to lead other pupils; check that pupils are reading daily at home; and drive pupil engagement in reading through competitions, rewards, prizes, trips & library-related learning opportunities.
To meet the differing needs of various groups of learners catered for at Catherine Junior School, reading is taught in a variety of ways. For those in the early stages of language acquisition, the Roots programme taken from ‘Success for All’ is used. This involves the teaching and learning of phonemes (sounds) and the corresponding graphemes (letters or strings of letters) in small groups of pupils at a similar stage in their language acquisition. Roots pupils are assessed every eight weeks and moved to the next stage when they are ready.
The Roots programme consists of:
All other pupils receive at least two shared reading sessions per week, with their class teacher sharing a text with the class whilst overtly modelling the reading skills required to comprehend and absorb the information in the text in a meaningful way. These skills are then assessed in a subsequent small group guided reading session (one per pupil per week), where each pupils’ grasp of targeted reading skill(s) is monitored on a weekly basis. The school adopted the KTC (Knowledge Transfer Centres) programme of teaching and assessing a small number of crucial reading skills in this way in 2016 and we thank the support of local school, Highfields Primary, in starting us on this learning journey.
Reading forms a large part of other lessons across the curriculum, including English. Here, the focus is on unpicking what authors have included and why, with a view to use these to become more effective writers ourselves. These may include (depending on the pupils’ age and stage of education): choices of vocabulary; description; technical application of various grammatical structures; and supplementary features of the text.
All pupils are expected to read for at least 10 minutes at home, at least five times per week. Home reading is rewarded through the collection of stamps which earn certificates, badges and even the occasional off-site trip to meet an author or select new reading materials for the school. Reading Champions are selected by each class each year to monitor home reading, collate records and identify pupils who have earned rewards, allowing for 18 pupils per year to develop within a class leadership role and have a noticeable impact on the learning of peers.
What are novel studies?
Why have we chosen to teach English through this approach?
Writing within Novel Studies
Non chronological and chronological reports
Autobiographies and biographies
Novels for the Spring Term
Year 3 - Esio Trot - Anthony Brownes
Year 4 - The Butterfly Lion
Year 5 - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Year 6 - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
We teach maths in a variety of ways to engage children and help them consolidate their learning. We use Maths No Problem scheme to support the children's lessons. This scheme follows a teaching cycle of direct instruction, guided practice, partner teaching and independent tasks.
Click on the picture below to view the Maths No Problem videos discussed at the recent Maths workshop.
We encourage children in all lessons to use practical equipment (concrete representation), before making drawings and diagrams to show their understanding (pictorial representation). When children are confident in their understanding they record their calculations in written form for example 12 x 2 = 24 (abstract representation).
This cycle of teaching and learning ensures children are secure with their Maths understanding (mastery curriculum).
We have introduced 'Mathletics' which is an online program. This allows children to complete homework linked to their learning at school in a fun and safe environment.
What is Project Based Learning (PBL)?
Why teach the new curriculum this way?
Please click on link below to find out more about PBL at Catherine Junior School
We are committed to ensure all children study R.E., in preparation for later life. This encourages a tolerance of all religions and promotes British Values.