Helping Your Child at Home
- Familiarise yourself with the sounds of the alphabet.
- Schedule regular and quiet time to listen to or read to your child.
- Be patient, mistakes help us learn, they are part of the reading process.
- Find books on topics that your child is interested in (even comics count as reading!)
- Read at every opportunity (Can they read the recipe to you?)
- Ask your child questions about what they have read.
- Read a variety of text types (comics, fiction, non-fiction, poems, newspapers etc.)
- Show your child that you read too!
- Use interactive games to help the children practice comprehension skills.
- Ensure that your child is comfortable when writing – How do they want to sit?
- Encourage children to write about things that matter to them – give it a purpose.
- Use suitable writing resources i.e. are they secure in writing in pencil before moving on to pen?)
- Encourage children to read their work back to themselves to check for mistakes.
- Be patient, mistakes help us learn, they are part of the writing process.
- At a young age, spelling a word how it sounds is acceptable.
- If a child is struggling with a spelling, think of creative ways to remember or learn them (e.g. because, Big Elephants Can Always Understand Small Elephants)
- Use interactive games to help the children practice punctuation skills.
Things you can do at home to help your child with their Maths
A good knowledge and quick recall of times tables is essential to children’s mathematical progress. The children are taught up to 12 x 12. The target is for all children to know their tables and their inverses by the end of year three. It is very important that children practice their times tables daily at home.
- The foundation of maths is the times tables. Children need to learn these ‘off by heart’ and the best way to learn them is with practise, practise and more practise!
- As your child works through each times table the corresponding division facts (inverse) must also be taught e.g. 3 x 4 = 12 and 4 x 3 = 12 so 12 ÷ 3 = 4 and 12 ÷ 4 = 3.
- Some children like to learn by rote; for others it doesn’t work at all. To support their learning, work out what will make times tables stick in your child’s mind, whether that’s singing them, putting them into practice with puzzles, playing games or writing them out.
- Sit with your child while they are completing their maths homework. Even if they don’t need your help you can have a better understanding of what they are achieving in class.
- Talk about time, e.g. How long is it until lunch time? The journey takes 2½ hours, when will we arrive? We need to be there at 2.00 pm, when do we need to leave home? Many children will still need practice with reading clock times, particularly minutes past and minutes to the hour.
- Handling amounts of money when shopping, working out total costs, working out change, checking receipts. Working out prices of sale items, e.g. 20% off. Managing pocket money and saving for things.
- Practise maths on a daily basis. Ideally for at least 15 – 30 minutes per day.
Whatever you do, make sure your children enjoy it.
If they struggle to understand, make mistakes, or get bored: keep calm, make it easier, change the subject, tell them a joke, play football, go to the park …. but please don’t get cross or impatient - you could put them off maths for life.