Helping Your Child at Home
There are many ways in which your help at home can greatly contribute to your child’s progress in school. First and foremost, the children have a better experience of school if they arrive refreshed from a good night’s sleep, a filling breakfast and on time for the start of the school day.
For all children, it is really helpful if someone at home can talk to the children and show an interest in the topics they are doing in school. Reading is so fundamental to everything we do that regular reading at home as well as in school makes a significant difference; encourage them to read aloud to you. Taking your child to the library once in a while is also helpful, and children who see their parents read are more likely to do so themselves. Children of all ages really benefit from having an adult read to them too - for younger children, this can give them access to some of the many amazing books out there that they cannot yet read by themselves. Older children can be encouraged to persist with longer and more challenging texts if an adult can read some of it with them. Also, don't be afraid to turn a story in to a piece of drama - children love to see a story come alive!
Children need time to practise and consolidate their knowledge of spellings, times tables and other number facts. Each Class teacher will ensure that you know the expectations for their class. In daily life, there will be many opportunities to make learning real, so please do make the most of these e.g. telling the time, weighing and measuring in the kitchen, reading road signs, counting objects, learning about the world of nature.
Please check your child’s book bag for details of particular tasks they have been set and do help with these. As the children move through the school a greater emphasis will be placed upon independence and resilience; however, a parent taking a keen interest in their tasks is always a positive.
The use of computers and technology is now second nature to children, so as well as playing games, it is useful to encourage the use of technology for other learning. Children can access information about the topics they are doing is school. There are many sites that help children to practise useful skills. Here are just a few:
- www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies Games - stories and updates on every under-six's essential viewing.
- www.haringkids.com - wonderful interactive site by Keith Haring, an artist who loved children - activities, stories, animations and an addictive online colouring book.
- www.howstuffworks.com - engaging encyclopaedia of the modern (and not so modern) world, with good illustrations and clear text.
- www.mrmen.com - videos, games, stories and more from 24 of Roger Hargreaves' unbeatable creations.
- www.seussville.com - a gentle celebration of all things Cat In The Hat.
- www.gamesforthebrain.com - fun ways to develop thinking.
- www.guinnessworldrecords.com - searchable database of record-breaking feats - but only some, of course, they still want you to buy the book.
- www.cool-reads.co.uk - 10- to 15-year-olds pick and review their favourite books. More than 2,000 entries and growing.
- www.funology.com - from Brain Drains to Boredom Busters, jokes, games and interesting factoids - with a little learning along the way.
- www.topmarks.co.uk - well designed and good fun reference site for all those homework queries.
- www.ixl.com - numeracy and literacy challenges for all age groups.
If you have any other questions as to how you can help at home then please do arrange to see your class teacher.