23/11/2016

The importance of child literacy – and what we’re doing to help

The whole-school approach of the CJ’s programme means that our instructors work with pupils in all areas of the curriculum.

In addition to our teambuilding activities, outdoor survival skills or after-school clubs, you’ll also spot Commando Joe getting stuck into a good book in the classroom!

According to the National Literacy Trust, every year in England, thousands of children leave primary school without the confidence and fluency in reading that they need.

Worryingly, an NLT survey revealed that new assessment arrangements introduced in summer 2016 show only 66% of 11-year-olds reading at the expected level for their age group.

We believe that confidence and enjoyment in reading and writing drastically impacts a child’s progress in their wider education. As a result, we make promoting child literacy a key part of our daily work in schools.

Some of the ways we assist schools in literacy are:

  • Guided reading sessions. The instructor takes a whole class or a small group of pupils through a guided reading session. Pupils have the opportunity to read to one another or listen to Commando Joe read, answering questions about the story along the way.
  • Regular writing tasks. Pupils are asked to write down their plans for many of the tasks we set. They will work in pairs or small groups to formulate a plan to achieve an objective during the lesson.
  • Story-writing sessions. We have planned story-writing sessions where pupils are encouraged to share their ideas and write short stories – sometimes about their adventures with Commando Joe!

We want pupils to progress to the next stage of their education with confidence in their literacy skills. We also hope they’ll grow up into adults who love to read – just like our Commandos.

We asked some of our team to share the children’s books they love…

Commando Scott, working in Mallard Primary School in Doncaster, said: “My favourite children’s books are the Goosebumps series. I want to help more children to enjoy reading so I run a regular reading group which is really paying off.”

Commando Tim said: “I read at Yew Tree Community Primary in Oldham every Thursday and the children absolutely love Gangsta Granny by David Walliams. It’s a great book and I’m enjoying it as much as they are!”

Commando Kelly said: “I love anything by Roald Dahl, but Matilda was my absolute favourite. I still read books by Jacqueline Wilson and David Walliams when nobody is looking.”

Commando Bruce said: “I loved The Hardy Boys books when I was a kid, but my favourite would have to be Lord of the Rings. Phenomenal.”

Commando Lewis said: “I have two children at home. My three-year-old loves Room on the Broom and The Gruffalo. I read the Harry Potter books and A Christmas Carol with my eight-year-old – and sometimes on my own too!”

We’d love to know what your favourite book is. Tweet us @commandojoes

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The online tools you'll need to deliver and monitor the exciting CoJo character curriculum

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  • 1 x Top secret life skills and character education box
  • 1 x Full training day for staff delivering the programme
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  • SOW and 120 suggested top secret missions
  • Complete cross curricular connections
  • Judgement tracker for school,class and individual pupil
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* 12 months’ access to all resources

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£3,795 + VAT

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The online tools you need to deliver the exciting COJO character curriculum for 4 years.

  • 1 x Top secret life skills and character education box
  • 4 x training days for staff delivering the programme *1 day each year
  • Updated Character Education Curriculum
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  • Complete cross curricular connections
  • Judgement tracker School,class, individual pupil
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*Spread the cost over 4 years please contact the office info@commandojoes.co.uk or T: 0844 800 3212

EXTRA CO-JO KIT BOXES

Buy an extra CO-JO kit box to help engage even more pupils!

As you know the boxes contain enough equipment to break a large class into 4 groups and the box includes things like:

  • Camouflage nets
  • Barrels
  • Two way radios
  • Team planks
  • Tyres
  • Parachutes
  • Ropes
  • Blindfolds
  • Water containers/ Jerry cans
  • Hurdles
  • Ladders
  • Cones
  • Matts
  • CJ Drawstring bags
  • Shelter building equipment
  • Waterproof ponchos
  • And much much more!

All of this equipment can transform your playground into an exciting space for any age group!

Existing school wanting an extra box £1,250 + VAT

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Why not just buy a box for the whole school, the box is a great addition to any school and can be used for a whole school approach including:

  • Breakfast clubs
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The box can be used for anything the only restriction is your imagination.

Boxes are limited so book now to avoid long delivery times.

* New schools that are not part of the programme

* Box only

£1,495 + VAT

Programs for Primary and Secondary Schools

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Includes instructor, kit, equipment, bespoke programme and wrap around package; Breakfast, lunch and after school club.

INSTRUCTOR LED PROGRAMME 1 DAY

  • 1 x full day a week for 39 days over a full 12 month programme
  • Bespoke programme for each school
  • Dedicated support manager
  • 8:00am - 4:30pm daily
  • Extra curricular/unstructured time support;
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  • Assertive mentoring;
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*£11,000 + VAT total for the whole years programme

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*There may be a wait for an instructor due to location or availability

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  • 2 x full day a week for 78 days over a full 12 month programme
  • Bespoke programme for each school
  • Dedicated support manager
  • 8:00am - 4:30pm daily
  • Extra curricular/unstructured time support;
  • Breakfast club/lunchtime club/after school club;
  • Assertive mentoring;
  • Guided reading;
  • Team building programme;
  • Leadership programme;
  • Communication programme;
  • Parental/community programme;
  • Staff team building and health and wellbeing;
  • Character education curriculum.

*£22,000 + VAT total for the whole years programme

To secure an Instructor Pay deposit of £1,500 + VAT

*Limited availability please contact the office for full details:info@commandojoes.co.uk T: 0844 800 3212

*There may be a wait for an instructor due to location or availability

INSTRUCTOR LED PROGRAMME 3 DAY

  • 3 x full day a week for 117 days over a full 12 month programme
  • Bespoke programme for each school
  • Dedicated support manager
  • 8:00am - 4:30pm daily
  • Extra curricular/unstructured time support;
  • Breakfast club/lunchtime club/after school club;
  • Assertive mentoring;
  • Guided reading;
  • Team building programme;
  • Leadership programme;
  • Communication programme;
  • Parental/community programme;
  • Staff team building and health and wellbeing;
  • Character education curriculum.

*£33,000 + VAT total for the whole years programme

To secure an Instructor Pay deposit of £1,500 + VAT

*Limited availability please contact the office for full details:info@commandojoes.co.uk T: 0844 800 3212

*There may be a wait for an instructor due to location or availability

*Once you have paid your deposit our team will be in contact. We will come into your school to look at developing your amazing new programme and arrange a start date.

EXTRA CO-JO KIT BOXES

Buy an extra CO-JO kit box to help engage even more pupils!

As you know the boxes contain enough equipment to break a large class into 4 groups and the box includes things like:

  • Camouflage nets
  • Barrels
  • Two way radios
  • Team planks
  • Tyres
  • Parachutes
  • Ropes
  • Blindfolds
  • Water containers/ Jerry cans
  • Hurdles
  • Ladders
  • Cones
  • Matts
  • CJ Drawstring bags
  • Shelter building equipment
  • Waterproof ponchos
  • And much much more!

All of this equipment can transform your playground into an exciting space for any age group!

Existing school wanting an extra box £1,250 + VAT