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Communication at Hope Hamilton C of E Primary School



We aim to develop pupils’ abilities within an integrated program of speaking, listening, reading and writing.  Pupils will be given opportunities to interrelate the requirements of Communication within a broad and balanced approach to the teaching of Communication across the curriculum, with opportunities to consolidate and reinforce taught literacy skills.


We strive for pupils to:


  • read and write with confidence, fluency and understanding, orchestrating a range of independent strategies to self-monitor and correct.
  • have an interest in books and read for enjoyment
  • have an interest in words, their meanings; developing a growing vocabulary in spoken and written forms.
  • understand a range of text types and genres – be able to write in a variety of styles and forms appropriate to the situation.
  • develop the powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness.
  • have a suitable technical vocabulary to articulate their responses.




Literary Achievement Here At Hope Hamilton School:


Last year pupils continued to do extremely well with their KS2 SATs tests at Hope Hamilton before beginning their journey at secondary school.  We are very proud of the attainment of our pupils.  The scores and comparisons to national standards are as follows:


94.4% level  4(Year 6 national expectation) and above compared to the national standard of 86%


91.7% level 4 and above compared to 83% nationally


88.9% level 4 and above compared to the national average of 74%


Our KS1 Children have worked very hard as well, as they prepare to enter KS2 at Hope Hamilton with 86.4% in Reading and 90.9% achieving national averages or higher.  Great!




Early Reading at Our School

At Hope Hamilton, we are committed to early literacy development in our students.  This begins in Foundation and KS1 where they are given a wealth of opportunities to explore a range of texts, both at their own pace and also directed by teachers.

Teacher led sessions are the basis of the entire school’s literacy program.  Our Foundation and KS1 teachers run structured synthetic phonics and reading sessions, based on Letters and Sounds.  All children in Foundation and KS1 are taught daily in streamed groups that are tailored to learning needs, altering these groups to suit the progress of each pupil.  The groups range from rhyming and active outdoor hunts for certain graphemes to more traditional comprehension and inference, depending on the needs of each pupil and progress made in previous sessions.

We have an extensive range of organised reading materials to ensure pupils have opportunities to apply rules learned in lessons.  We use Oxford Reading Tree, Rigby Star and Project X books to support progress and provide children with targeted reading experiences.

Phonics is then reinforced consistently throughout KS2 through regular whole class lessons in spelling and reading.  In addition to these, we also run reading and phonics interventions for those children who may need additional support.  This ensures that all children have a consistent program of learning throughout the school to maximise reading progress.





Parent Page

At Hope Hamilton we value the time parents spend with their children to help them to develop as readers and writers.  This can be come in many forms-  bedtime stories, applying phonics to read promotions in a shop or discussing the latest novel which you or your child has read.  All of it is valuable and we thank you for your support.


In Foundation, it is essential to establish a love of books and a secure base in phonics.  Nursery rhymes and silly songs, comics, cookbooks or books about their favourite television show all have the ability to engage children depending on interests.  This is the time that they must learn to love books and realise the doors that they can open to them.  Please seize all opportunities to nurture their love of the written word by helping your child to access anything that excites them.

In addition to this, it is important to reinforce the phonics sounds that your child is learning.  Please speak to your child’s teacher about the sounds they need to work on and read the books that are sent home with them.  These books specifically target particular stages in development.  In the covers of the phonics books, you will find tasks and guidance which will help you to work with your child.

For KS1, you will begin to move into comprehension as well as sound reinforcement.  Again, please read the guidance which is provided in your child’s phonics book.  This site also has a very important link which tells you exactly how to make the sounds as your child has learned them in school.


In KS 2 pupils reinforce phonics knowledge through regular spelling lessons.  Please work with your child on their spelling lists, focusing on patterns.  In their reading, they will be moving into further comprehension, comparison and also inference.  Please discuss basic comprehension questions as well as moving into inference about how characters feel and most importantly, always providing justification by presenting evidence from the text which they have read.

The majority of children in KS2 will have secure phonics knowledge.  If your child does not, however, please discuss with your teacher which areas you can work on at home.  They will be happy to point you in the right direction.  Rest assured, interventions will be happening at school as well, but it is vital that they are receiving support both at home and school in order for them to maximise progress.

Activities at Home

For additional guidance and games which will both engage and support your child’s growth, click on the link below.  It offers clearly organised resources from Foundation phonics activities to KS2 grammar: