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Supporting your child’s learning


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The link between home and school is vitally important and very significant in the learning of a child.  If the link is achieved well, the sharing of information and joint focus on the very best interests, can help that child make incredible progress whilst also growing to love learning.  As a school, we greatly value the skills involved in being able to learn independently.  These allow an individual to follow whatever interests and aspirations they might hold.  We teach and practise these skills as part of the school day and, by providing the opportunity to also practise them outside of this time, parents and carers play a vital part in ensuring that genuinely lifelong learning  can be nurtured and realised.

Developing and extending the home/school link is best undertaken on a specific, one-to-one basis, where all the intricacies of the individual child’s learning, interests, background, aspirations etc can be readily considered.  Accordingly, class teachers are always happy to  meet with you on a one-to-one basis to discuss your child in specific and unique detail.  Please feel free to arrange a mutually convenient meeting directly with your child’s class teacher by calling the school office.

This page intends to provide some good general advice and links to supporting your child at home.  These can be used in isolation or, ideally, in conjunction with strategies and approaches specific to your child, demonstrated by their class teacher at a one-to-one meeting, as described above.

Helping your child with reading

  • Reading with your child is vital. Research shows that it’s the single most important thing you can do to help your child’s education. It’s best to read little and often, so try to put aside some time for it every day.
  • Think of ways to make reading fun – you want your child to learn how pleasurable books can be. If you’re both enjoying talking about the content of a particular page, linger over it for as long as you like.
  • Books aren’t just about reading the words on the page, they can also present new ideas and topics for you and your child to discuss.

Tips for helping your child to enjoy reading:

  • Play reading games e.g. ‘Can you see a letter ‘a’ on the way home?’ or ‘Can you find the word after kind in the dictionary?’
  • Share pictures in books and make up stories together to encourage your child to enjoy books before he or she can read words.
  • When singing together, have the words in front of you.  Even though you may know the song, it’s a reminder of what the words look like.
  • Visit a library and let your child borrow books and other media to enjoy at home.
  • Make a regular time for reading – perhaps when you get home from school or just before bed.
  • If English isn’t your family’s first language – you can talk about books and stories, look at pictures, and develop a love for sharing books together.
  • Look for books that you know your child will be interested in – maybe sport, adventure stories, cookery or poetry.
  • Have interesting children’s books available around the house for your child to enjoy.
  • Ask your child questions about the story or text that they are reading.  As they become more confident, start to ask them to make predictions; what might happen next in the story?  Look for how they link their predictions to the information that they have already gleaned from the text – how accurate and/or incisive is this?  To take this a step further, ask them what might have happened before the story started – if they can do this accurately and make links to the text, then they are beginning to be able to infer – a powerful and advanced reading strategy!

Helping your child with maths

  • Try to make maths as much fun as possible – games, puzzles and jigsaws are a great way to start. It’s also important to show how we use maths skills in our everyday lives and to involve your child in this.
  • Identifying problems and solving them can also help your child develop maths skills. If you see him or her puzzling over something, talk about the problem and try to work out the solution together.
  • Don’t shy away from maths if you didn’t like it at school. Ask us about new ways to enjoy the subject with your child!

Tips for helping your child to enjoy maths:

  •  Point out the different shapes to be found around your home.
  • Ask your child to do little jobs that involve counting e.g. getting spoons out for tea or counting the right money out in the shop.
  • Talk about the quantities and weights of anything you buy.
  • Let your child handle money and work out how much things cost.
  • Look together for numbers on doors, street signs and cars.
  • Work out how long a journey took, or estimate how many steps it will take to reach the lamp post.

At school, we have different methods we teach in Maths to help your child learn correctly. These are set out in our calculation policy, which is available from the school – just ask!

Homework

  • Homework reinforces what your child is learning in school. It also gives you a chance to become involved in the learning process.
  • Daily reading is extremely important. Your child may always have a book in his or her bag – try to read the book together every night. You’ll be asked to fill in a ‘reading record’ about your child’s progress with reading. In Y5/Y6 children are asked to take ownership of their home reading and write their own diary comments each night.
  • Please make sure that you talk to your child about what they learned in school each day. This can be the most valuable homework of all because it shows your child that you are interested in what they are doing at school and that you value the time they spend at school.
  • Tips for good homework habits:

    • Do plan a homework timetable and agree on when your child will do their homework.
    • Do allow your child to have something nutritional to eat before starting on homework.
    • Do discuss any homework tasks with your child and how it connects with what they are studying at school.
    • Do turn off the TV – but you could have appropriate music on if they find it helpful.

Don’t give your child the answer in order to get a task finished. Instead, explain how to look up information or find a word in a dictionary.

Some Useful Guides To Help:

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Useful websites:

BBC advice for parents and carers supporting learning

Advice on hearing your child read

Tips for bedtime reading

Further advice on supporting your child at school

Maths games for pupils in Y1-6 from SUMDOG

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