Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

SENCO – Mrs Whitelam – Contact: [email protected]

SENCO Governor – Paul Warwick

Vision Statement

At Adelaide Primary School we value all children equally whatever the differences in their abilities or behaviours and believe that every child matters. We cherish this diversity and recognise the benefits to everyone in having an inclusive education system. At Adelaide Primary School we ensure all pupils, regardless of their specific needs are supported to make the best possible progress.  We believe that pupils with SEND and their parent/carers should be at the heart of planning and decision making. We aim to provide opportunities for pupils with SEND and their parent/carers to play an active role in planning their provision in accordance with the SEND Code of Practice 2014.


Click here for SEND Policy September 2020 Adelaide and HET


This is Hull’s Local Offer to Children with disabilities and special educational needs and their families.



Frequently Asked Questions


Useful information for parents


Top tips for Phonics


Knowing how to divide beats (syllables) in a word helps speed up a child’s blending to read. It can also help with spelling longer words. Start with clapping challenges. Whose name in the family has the most beats? Ask your child to clap with you as you say words like, ’won/der/ful’ or ‘com/mu/ni/ca/tion’. Next step is to ask your child to clap the beats in words by themselves. Start with two or three beat words and build up e.g air plane, ta ble, por cu pine, tel e vi sion.
This is a listening and speaking skill so your child doesn’t need to be reading a word just listening to you say a word. You need to have the skill to hear the sounds in words to blend to read and to spell unless you are using your memory. How many sounds are there in ‘shop’? Shop has 3 sounds even though it has 4 letters, sh / o / p. Collect pictures from magazines or catalogues and make collections. What is the longest word your child can sound count?
Remember not to add an ‘er’ to sounds e.g mer-a-ter = mat
Buy magnetic letters for your child to make words and ask your child what they are doing in phonics at school or ask their teacher.


Top tips for Reading


Keep reading sessions short and sweet and focus on sharing a book with your child rather than hearing them read. Breathe deeply, smile and find some funny books that you can both laugh at.
Try to set aside time each day – 10 minutes or so – to read together using books your child has chosen from the library or school. A good way to check the level of a book is the ‘Five Finger Test’. Open a page and ask your child to out one finger up for every word they don’t know. If all five fingers have been used up, the chances are the book is too difficult.
If your child wants to, it’s ok to let them read favourite books over and over again. This really helps them become fluent readers. Let them read what grabs their interest –comics, magazines, information books or text on internet sites.
Don’t jump in too quickly, just wait to see if they can work it out by themselves. If they can’t you can either just tell them the word to keep the flow of reading or use simple prompts like sounding out the letters

Your child can listen to talking books on MP3 players or tablets anywhere like in the car or simple chill out time. Playing fun phonics games using apps on your phone or tablet. Help you read text messages. They can use the internet too, to go on websites for fun reading activities. http://www.youngcalibre.org.uk/


Top tips for Spelling


th-a-n-k   d-i-a-r-y
There’s a ‘hen’ in ‘when’.

You hear with your ear.

The word separate has ‘a rat’ in it

There are keys in donkeys

big elephants can always understand small elephants – spells ‘because’

rhythm helps your two hips move – spells ‘rhythm’

necessary has one collar and 2 sleeves

Wednesday = Wed – nes – day

Knight = K – night

Gnome = G – nome

A child can usually spell 80% of a word correctly. Use small ticks to show which letters are correct and talk about the part of the word which your child needs to remember.



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Top tips for organisation


Before going to bed pack your bag and leave it by the front door. Also, the next day’s clothes should be laid out with shoe, socks and accessories. This will cut down on morning confusion.
If your child finds it hard to remember a number of things to do. Try to use as few words as possible e.g ‘Get your jumper.’
Use different colours for different activities so it’s easier to see what needs to be achieved and enough time is left for each activity.
Start getting ready 5 mins earlier. It does make a big difference if you stick to it. Confusion is heightened when rushing to get out of the house.


Top tips for memory


If you’ve just told them to set the table for 5 people, ask them to come up with a picture in their head of what the table should look like. Then ask them to draw that picture. As they get better at creating pictures (visualising) they can start to describe the picture to you instead of drawing it.
If your child is learning about the pyramids in ancient Egypt and asks how they were built, ask them to think about what it felt like to have to climb to the top of one of them pulling a heavy stone in the hot sun.
Simple card games like Crazy Eights, Uno, Go Fish and War improve working memory in two ways. Your child has to keep the rules of the game in mind, but also has to remember what cards they have and which cards other people have played.
Being able to explain how to do something involves making sense of information and mentally filing it. If your child is learning how to dribble a football, ask them to teach it to you after their coach has explained it to them.
When words and ideas are put into categories, they’re easier to remember. Playing games in which you name as many animals as you can think of can eventually lead to playing games with more complicated concepts e.g you may ask you as they can child to name as many clue words for addition (such as  ‘all together’, ‘in all’, ‘total’ and ‘plus’).


Top tips for maths


Practise what they are already learning at school. Help them with the homework the teacher sends home. If they get stuck, ask them to explain what they have done far and then look at the next step.
Playing games is a great way to practice math’s facts. You could roll a dice and add the 2 numbers together or turn over 2 playing cards and multiply the numbers. There are also lots of games and computer games available online.
Practise math’s for real purposes such as going shopping, sorting out laundry, measuring for cooking etc. Children are more motivated to learn when there is a real purpose for their learning.
Praise your child for their effort. “Well done, you are working really hard” helps children learn that their abilities can always grow as long as they work hard.


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Maths Apps