Supporting your child
Supporting Your Child’s Learning
The most successful children know that their family supports them and shows an interest in their day to day school life.
- Talk to your child about what they are doing at school.
- Encourage them to find out things for themselves.
- Read books with your child. Take them to the local library and help them to choose books.
- Let your child help you in the kitchen and when you are doing other work in the home.
- Listen to your child. Encourage them to ask questions. If you do not have the answer, why not find out together?
To be effective, home learning needs to be part of a wider partnership between parents and school.
It is a fact that children develop their skills, interests and talents when parents encourage them to make maximum use of the experiences and opportunities that are available outside of school. Our KS2 children have weekly homework which includes maths, reading and spellings. They also have projects links to their school learning experiences which we call Learning Logs (click here to see some examples), these are usually over 3 to 4 weeks.
Ways parents can help:
- Listen to your child read on a daily basis and discuss their book with them.
- Home learning is a learning tool, so go out and about – learn together!
- When appropriate, extend the home learning tasks by using appropriate websites or library resources.
- Help your child find a suitable place to engage in the home learning tasks
- Make sure your child doesn’t spend too long on a home learning task.
- Use your child’s Home Learning/Reading Diary as a method of communicating with the class teacher.
- Help your child and show support, but do not confuse your child by showing them methods that are not being used in school.
- Breakfast gives children the energy to learn!
- Talk to your child about their learning.
It is really important that you listen to your child read each day and that you share books with them. This will help them develop a love of reading and also support their learning in all areas of the curriculum. Click here for some questions you could use to talk to your child about their book to help develop their understanding of what they have read.
The main thing is little and often – 10 minutes a day is better than one long session a week.
As a school we have purchased mathletics which your child will be given a login for in KS2. This gives them opportunities to practice things they have done in class as part of their homework or as extra learning. We also have a strong focus on learning times tables and support with this at home can really benefit the children’s overall maths learning. We have a structure that the children work through with certificates for key achievements. See times table progression. There are links on the ‘Kids Zone’ to websites that can help with this. We believe it is essential that maths is part of everyday life and so using maths outside school really benefits your child’s learning. Click here for some ideas.
Different children learn in different ways but these are some suggestions:
- Look, cover, write
- Using colours – rainbow words
- Making up rhymes or mnemonics
- Air writing
- Painting the word (water on a paving slap is less messy)
- Writing in sand
- Making the words from plastercine or playdough
- Saying them aloud
- Sounding them out
- Colouring the tricky part