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