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Helping Your Child At Home

There are lots of ways that you can support your child at home. Strong partnerships between school and Parents/Carers are essential so if you have any questions, comments or concerns, please speak directly with your child's class teacher. Further information can also be found on your child's class page.

EYFS

Establish good routines - having regualr meal and sleep patterns are essential for your child (Stork Club runs every Thursday from 9am-10am and this is an opportunity to work/meet with Mrs Steele and the school nurse/health visitor. They offer advice and support with all aspects of early development, including routines, feeding, sleeping, toileting etc)

Talking - your child's language development and their understanding of the world around them will improve with regular conversations. Try asking your child questions about their day, about what they are doing when they are playing, talk to them about your day and encourage them to ask you questions.

Reading - Read to your child as often as possible. Let them see you reading. Promote reading for pleasure and engage them with different texts. You don't just have to read books - follow a recipe, read instructions on a game etc.

Practise letters and sounds - Your child needs to learn letters and sounds - this will help them with their reading, phonics and spellings.

Promote mark making/writing - encourage your child to write, draw, colour. They dont have to use paper and pencils - they could chalk on the ground for example.

Counting/number knowledge - practise counting with your child - can they count forwards/backwards? Do they know what the numbers look like? 

Experiences - wider experiences will help your child to develop socially as well as help them with their understanding of the world. Visit the park, feed the ducks, take a bus ride, go swimming etc. All of these experiences are invaluable.

Self care - toilet train your child, encourage them to become more independent with self care. Can they have a go at brushing their teeth or get dressed with greater independence? 

KS1

Establish good routines - having regular meal and sleep patterns are essential for your child. Please speak to Mrs Steele if you/your child needs any support with this.

Talk to your child - when children talk about their day - what they have learnt, what they enjoyed the most, anything they found hard, they are subconsciously reinforcing their learning from the day. Can your child 'teach' you anything new that they have learnt?

Reading - Reading to an adult at least three times a week is essential. You can also help your child by asking them questions about what they have read, what they think might happen next in a story, who their favourite character is and why etc. It is also good for your child to see you reading too. Talk to your child about what you have read, what your favourite book was as a child etc.

Practise spellings - Your child has key words that they need to know how to spell. Encourage your child to learn and practise these. Stick the words up so that your child is seeing them often.

Practise number bonds/times tables - your child needs to know their number bonds and to be able to recall the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. Practise them whenever possible - play games, chant them, test each other etc.

Self care and independence - teach your child how to tie their laces, encourage them to dress/undress themselves, ask them to help pack their book bag with all of the things they need for school etc. Can they do some jobs at home such as making their own bed or helping to set/clear the table?

Lower KS2

Establish good routines - having regular meal and sleep patterns are essential for your child. Please speak to Mrs Steele if you/your child needs any support with this.

Talk to your child - when children talk about their day - what they have learnt, what they enjoyed the most, anything they found hard, they are subconsciously reinforcing their learning from the day. Can your child 'teach' you anything new that they have learnt?

Reading - Reading to an adult at least three times a week is essential. You can also help your child by asking them questions about what they have read, what they think might happen next in a story, who their favourite character is and why etc. It is also good for your child to see you reading too. Talk to your child about what you have read, what your favourite book was as a child etc.

Practise spellings - Your child has key words that they need to know how to spell. Encourage your child to learn and practise these. Stick the words up so that your child is seeing them often.

Practise times tables - Your child needs to know their 3, 4 and 8 times tables (in addition to the 2, 5 and 10 times tables). These need to be known as number facts so that your child has instant recall of them. You can help your child by playing games, testing each other, chanting and singing them. There are many games that can be found online to help with this, also.

Independence - Your child should be becoming more independent and you can support and encourage this by ensuring that they dress themselves, can tie their shoe laces, pack their own bags for school, help to prepare packed lunches etc. Your child should know when they need their PE kit and you can help by encouraging them to prepare for each day at school with independence.

Upper KS2

Establish good routines - having regular meal and sleep patterns are essential for your child. Please speak to Mrs Steele if you/your child needs any support with this.

Talk to your child - when children talk about their day - what they have learnt, what they enjoyed the most, anything they found hard, they are subconsciously reinforcing their learning from the day. Can your child 'teach' you anything new that they have learnt?

Reading - Reading to an adult at least five times a week is essential. You can also help your child by asking them questions about what they have read, what they think might happen next in a story, who their favourite character is and why etc. It is also good for your child to see you reading too. Talk to your child about what you have read, what your favourite book was as a child etc. Your child needs to develop a good stamina for reading in order to be well prepared for the SATs that they will take in Year 6.

Practise spellings - Your child has key words that they need to know how to spell. Encourage your child to learn and practise these. Stick the words up so that your child is seeing them often.

Practise times tables - Your child needs to know all multiplication facts up to and including 12x12. These need to be known as number facts so that your child has instant recall of them. You can help your child by playing games, testing each other, chanting and singing them. There are many games that can be found online to help with this, also.

Independence - Your child should be independent. This is expected at school and it is of great benefit if you promote this at home too. We are preparing your child for the next stages in their education and at high school they will be expected to manage a timetable, arrive at school equipped to learn and to carry out lengthy pieces of work at home. In order to fully prepare your child we expect the follwoing: All children to arrive equipped to learn (books and records signed, PE kit, swimming kit and any homework tasks to be brought to school when needed on a weekly basis), all children to be dressed appropriately - this includes wearing a coat when necessary, all children relaying messages accurately between school and home where appropriate, all children arriving for school on time and everyone having greater ownership over their progress and development. You can help by having the same expectations and supporting the school with this.

 



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