How can you support your child’s learning?
You can use the guides on this page to support your child to learn more at home. Don’t forget to read the other sections here, especially Homework (with activities that provide an opportunity to participate in your child’s learning), Newsletters (which can provide some ideas about class activities that could be continued at home), and Reading, Writing, Maths (where you’ll find a description of the different levels your child may be working at with some skills and activities that will support the next steps).
Probably the easiest way to help your child is to read each day. Reading Activities leaflet will provide lots of activities to make reading an even more enjoyable and active experience for all. Children should be encouraged to read aloud and read on their own, but being read to is really important, too, so don’t overlook the bedtime story!
With just three points to remember, a Handwriting Guide is easy to follow and a great way to support your child. Children have told us that with better handwriting they feel more confident and proud of their learning!
Mums / Dads / Carers often say they are less confident about supporting their child with Maths. The first rule is: don’t suggest that Maths is less important than Literacy! Mental calculations, estimating, measuring and telling the time are important skills we use every day. Beware of saying in front of your child that you weren’t good at Maths at school – children might perceive this as you saying it’s OK to have these low expectations.
Instead, have a look at this Mental Calculation Strategies guide which outlines useful techniques that people use to calculate in their head. Addition and subtraction uses some similar strategies, so they’re colour coded and next to each other (number bonds, for example). It’s the same for multiplication and division (doubling and halving, for example). If you’re not sure, please ask a teacher in school.
Mental Calculations Expectations provides a useful guide to what mental skills your child should be practising both at home and school. Again, do ask if you’re unsure.
Any teacher will be happy to give you a hard copy with some explanations and ideas for how to practise written calculations at home. Take care not to confuse your child with methods that are not learnt in school.
This Homework Tips for Parents is a useful guide to general support, especially in Reading and Writing.
For younger children beginning to learn to read and write, we know phonics can be confusing to parents (much less so for children!). At home, encourage your child to listen and say sounds:
Support for Revision:
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