Our school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect all staff, visitors and volunteers to share this commitment.
If you have any concerns regarding the safeguarding of any of our pupils please contact one of our Designated Safeguarding Leads: Mrs Sarginson, Mrs Hill or Mrs Dixon
Please see the safeguarding section of our website under Policies > Safeguarding.
We believe reading underpins all areas of the curriculum. We teach the basic skills of reading from reception following ‘Read, Write Inc’ which links phonics teaching with quality texts. In order to further support the children, they take home a reading book that links to their current phonic learning. After they have completed the programme their reading book will be taken from the schools book banded reading scheme. It is expected that all children, from the youngest in reception to the oldest in year 6, read their school reading book to an adult family member every evening. Alongside individual reading time with the teacher, children take part in a daily whole class reading sessions. During these sessions, the class read a text and answer related questions to what they have read. This also gives children an opportunity to explore and engage with a wider variety of text during a week, including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, songs and play scripts. We focus questioning on pre-knowledge, grammatical aspects, prediction, vocabulary, deduction, inference, authorial intent and literal retrieval.
We also have a range of reading interventions across the school including CODE, BRP and Precision Teach. We have a Reading Recovery teacher who works alongside the children in year 1.
We promote reading for pleasure across school by inviting authors to talk about their work. We have an extensive library where children can choose a book of their choice to take home to read with their family. Our librarians run the library and support the staff librarian to organise the library and promote the love of reading.
Effort is made to ensure that writing is taught in a varied and stimulating way at Hopwood. Each week, we focus on a specific writing genre and link this with a high quality age appropriate text. The writing steps for learning are broken up across a series of lessons and teachers plan their lessons based upon the planning, writing and editing process. Teachers assess writing at the end of each unit and then set targets with the children, in order to ensure progression. Children’s writing is published in portfolios and on specific display boards around school.
We use Spelling Shed across school. Teachers provide lists of spelling words for their individual classes and the children use the interactive program as a way of practising their spelling in a fun and competitive way. Spelling Bee competitions are held termly and give the children an added incentive to learn their spelling words. In addition to this, Stella Speller visits school in order to promote spelling, she initiatives and sets challenges. Daily ‘Read, Write Inc’ sessions take place across reception and year 1 and prove to be a lively and stimulating way for the children to progress in phonics.