Helping your Child with their Learning

All parents want their child to succeed in school and it can be very difficult to know how best to help your child with homework or support their learning in class.

Parents have often learned different methods in e.g. Maths and don't want to go against what the school teaches. Parents often welcome guidance from teachers on which books to buy for their children or on which websites are most helpful.

The aim of this page is to give as much information as possible on how to help your child with their learning, especially for English and Maths.

English

The most helpful thing any parent can do for their child's learning is to give them a love of reading and books. Fluent readers will always have much greater access to the curriculum and learning. The school recommends that children should read every day.

Click to see the names of the letters of the alphabet and how to write them correctly using the correct grip

In Foundation Stage children learn phonics using Ruth Miskin's Read Write Inc. There are some videos for parents that can help you teach your child phonics and which match the school's methods.

An online reading scheme is also available to help children in the early stages of learning to read or if they forget their reading book.

Here are some lists of recommended books for different ages and lists of books for Foundation, Y1, Y2, Y3, Y4, Y5 and Y6

It may be helpful to read 10 Tips for hearing your child read

Maths

Two of the most helpful things a parent can do for their child are first to ensure they have instant recall of number bonds to 20, (i.e. 1 + 19, 2 + 18, 3 + 17 etc) and second to have instant recall (not counting up in multiples until the desired number is reached) of all multiplication facts up to 12 X 12, i.e. knowing their tables up to 12 X 12. This should be achieved by the end of Year 4. A complete list of what children in each year group should learn in Mathematics can be found HERE.

The written methods the school teaches for the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, division are detailed HERE

You can find general guidance about all aspects of Mathematics learning for Primary children in the Parents' Numeracy Toolkit

If you would like to see any particular guidance on Mathematics in this section of the website, please contact the school office.

Science

The science curriculum is split into 4 main areas: chemistry, biology, physics and working scientifically. Science is everywhere. Talk to your child about what is happening when you are.... cooking... exercising... looking at the weather... gardening.

Science is around us every day, everywhere. It is in the physical changes that happen to the ingredients when we cook; the condensation on the windows of our houses, cars and buses; the toys that float and sink in the bath, the pram or bicycle that is harder to push uphill or over different surfaces.

Science is the stars above us and the gravity that pulls us to Earth. Discuss with your children why these things happen. Question what will happen if...? Explore the world around you!

Useful websites for Science are:

http://www.nsta.org/sciencematters/tips.aspx
http://www.nsta.org/parents/explore.aspx
http://www.primaryscience.ie/activities_simple_search.php
http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/science
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks2bitesize/science

 

PE

It is vitally important that children bring their PE kit to school so that they can take a full and active part in all PE activities. Remembering the school rules regarding jewellery will also ensure they are able to participate in PE lessons. Encourage your child to join one or more of the many after-school sports clubs that the school offers - this can build self-esteem and improve general health and well-being!

Educational Visits

Please ensure your child goes on the many educational visits organised by class teachers. These can help bring the classroom learning to life and strengthen it long after the visit has taken place.

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