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CSP Spelling and Language Programme

An Inclusive, differentiated whole class 

approach in 6 stages for 5-11 year olds


Published by

Read Write Company Ltd


The CSP Spelling and Language Programme is the new name for The Complete Spelling Programme by McMurray and Fleming which is published by The Read Write Company Ltd and recommended on the interventions for literacy website. Click on this link to go to the Interventions for Literacy webpage.


The Read Write Company is the sole publisher and supplier of  The Complete Spelling Programme written by Sharon McMurray MBE  and Christine Fleming and to avoid confusion with other publications with the same name 'The Complete Spelling Programme' written by Sharon McMurray MBE and Christine Fleming is being renamed 'The CSP Spelling and Language Programme'.


The CSP Spelling and Language Programme (formerly known as The Complete Spelling Programme) is a graded phonics based spelling course designed for use in the primary school. The programme is designed to develop orthographic knowledge (recognition that clusters of letters represent clusters of sound) alongside phonemic knowledge so that children know whether a spelling 'looks right'.  Morphemic knowledge is taught from the very beginning in a developmental sequence which integrates, phonological, orthographic and morphemic knowledge. It incorporates a whole class teaching approach. Spellings are planned for each school year and structured into daily word groups. Rhyme patterns and frequency words are presented three days per week and curriculum word banks are included in the programme. There are also weekly dictation sentences (Stages 2-4) and teaching notes (Stages 1-6). Learning is reinforced through support materials that are differentiated for differing abilities. These support materials include a range of activities designed to engage all processes involved in learning to spell and to provide opportunities for application of spellings learned in independent writing.


The CSP Spelling and Language Programme is an extensive literacy programme designed to facilitate effective retrieval of spellings by introducing two strategies for learning to spell (described in the teaching notes in Stages 1-3).  The programme starts in the second term in Year 1 (England, 5-6 year olds) and Year 2 (N.Ireland, 5-6 year olds).  Up to this point the initial approach to teaching spelling in many schools will be based on a phoneme/grapheme synthetic phonics programme. By this point in time children who are struggling will have been identified and the CSP programme aims to enable these children to catch-up and work alongside their peers.  The programme is designed to be used alongside a phoneme/grapheme teaching strategy (synthetic or analytic phonics) for reading.  The activities assist children in the unitization of sounds, an essential strategy which reduces the burden on working memory and helps automatic recall. Daily spellings are presented with differentiated follow-up activities designed to facilitate the integration of phonological, orthographic (visual) and morphemic strategies. Schools who purchase the programme now have access to implementation videos for Stages 1-3 of the programme.


The programme is sold in PDF format. This is to allow teachers to use the programme on the interactive whiteboard. Schools buying this programme are also granted a licence to print out paper copies for use with children in their school. Using the programme, in part or in whole, in any other school or location is strictly prohibited.


The CSP Spelling and Language Programme is only available to schools.







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