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.
There are many enrichment opportunities in writing across the year, including visits from Writeman, who promotes vocabulary and writing by launching writing competitions and incentives. Stella Speller also visits to raise the profile of spelling. Each week, a 'Golden Writer' is chosen in each class for producing quality writing in Golden Writing lessons. Other children receive golden stars in recognition of the effort they make.
Hopwood has a variety of reading enrichment opportunities throughout the year including celebrating national events such as World Book Day and Poetry Week. We celebrate reading at home during our achievement assembly.
We promote the love of reading across the school and support reading events in school such as World Book Day. We review new books and let pupils know what we think. We work closely with Miss Carnell to ensure the library is an exciting place to visit. We have also been working in Reception to read with some of the children every day.
As well as reading recommendations from our Reading Ambassadors, we also have the opportunity for children across the school to deliver their own book reviews. Children from Reception to Year 6 review their favourite books throughout each half term and a selection of these can be found on Friday news. Here is a sample of some of the ones that have been features this year.
Reading is at the heart of our school and we strive to inspire children to have a love of books and become lifelong readers. Our school library continues to flourish and we have recently had a big change of our library to help promote the love of reading across school. We have a brand new selection of fiction and non-fiction books which support the school curriculum and reflect the diverse world we live in. Children have the opportunity to visit the library each week to choose their own reading book to take home.
Reception and Key Stage One Reading Areas
Children in Reception and Key Stage One have reading areas in their classrooms that they can visit through the day to read one of their STAR books.
Reading at home bear
Children in Reception and Key Stage One have the opportunity to take home the reading at home bear. The children are encouraged to snuggle up at bedtime with our reading bear and share a story with them. The bag also contains a book in which they can share their experience with our reading at home bear and tell the class about the story they read with them. This is shared in the class on return.
Pupils from Years 3 to 6 choose a reading book from the Accelerated Reading scheme, which includes a wonderful wide selection of books including picture books, non-fiction and poetry. The books they choose are appropriate to their reading ability. Once the children have finished their book they take a quiz to check their understanding.
When quizzing on Accelerated Reader, it is recorded how many words are read by each child in each book. The children are challenged to see if they can read 1 million words in a year.
Children also have access to MyOn by Renaissance, which is a digital library containing thousands of authentic and exciting books. MyOn books come with lots of tools to help children enjoy and improve their reading, including audio narration. Click on the picture to access your MYOn account.
Each classroom across school has a STAR book display. The books on the display are a range of high-quality, award winning texts that children study throughout the year.
These are also shared with parents on Friday news.