19 September 2017
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Supporting Your Child at Home

One of the best ways to support your child's learning is to know what they are learning about in school. This can be found on the Curriculum Maps which are sent home each term.

The best way to support your children's learning is to encourage them to read daily, learn number facts and their spellings. Encourage them to be curious learners by taking them on trips out and about - to the park, museums, galleries, sporting events - anything that interests them - and to talk to them about what they see and experience. You can help your child's learning every day, by supporting and encouraging them and being excited by their learning.

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. 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 books:

  • Encourage your child to pretend to 'read' a book before he or she can read words.
  • Visit the library as often as possible - take out CDs and DVDs as well as books.
  • Schedule a regular time for reading - perhaps when you get home from school or just before bed.
  • Look for books on topics that you know your child is interested in.

Helping your child with maths.

Maths should be 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.

Tips for helping your child to enjoy maths:

  • Point out the different shapes to be found around your home.
  • Take your child shopping and talk about the quantities of anything you buy.
  • Let your child handle money and work out how much things cost.
  • Look together for numbers on street signs and car registration plates.
How can I help my child with home learning?

  • Do let them have a bit of time to unwind after school they will have been working all day give them a snack and drink - their brains work better with fuel
  • Make sure they have a suitable environment to work in. Let them choose a comfortable space, clear away any distractions and keep siblings away from them
  • Do be aware of modern teaching methods, eg in long division.
  • 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 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.
  • Don't teach your child methods you used at school. It could confuse them.
  • Don't let homework become a chore. Keep it fun and make it a special time that you both look forward to.


What if they get stuck?

Help your child problem-solve by explaining or showing them the steps to complete a task. Let them do the steps though.

  • Make up a similar question or task as an example. Show them how to work through it and then get them to have a go at their homework task
  • Try giving clues rather than the answer, but be aware of frustration levels - both theirs and yours
  • keep the clues simple - remind them of all the other times they have been able to work things out
  • Ideally homework will be connected to something they’ve already learned, so encourage them to think back and start from what they can do.
Don't help them too much, for example, explain where and how to find information, rather than giving it to them.

What if I don’t understand their home learning?

If you’re confused by your child’s homework, talk to their teacher - you won’t be the first parent to do this. Or it may be that your child is happy to ask for help and then they can explain things to you. They may also be able to find answers by using the internet or the local library, or by asking an older sister or brother.


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