There are many different ways that you can help your child at home for them to carry on learning.

For example, it is very important that you hear your child read every day - only for 10 minutes or help them to practise their multiplication tables. This will help reinforce the learning that has taken place in the classroom.

In the Early Years, children have a 20 minutes phonic session every day, where they are taught "letters and sounds" which is a systematic synthetic phonics scheme. This helps children to learn their phonic sounds so that segmenting and blending is easier. The children are taught to segment and blend any unknown words. We use a variety of reading schemes including Bug Club, Oxford Reading Tree and All Aboard.

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 View our mathematics calculation document that outlines some of the approaches in teaching and recording calculations throughout school. You will notice many changes in the way children are taught to record their calculations from when their parents and teachers were at school, the aim being to encourage understanding and not just teaching tricks!
Below you will find a range of ideas of how you can help your child in their reading, writing and maths.

The following information tells parents what processes children go through as they progress through each stage of reading:

Developing Reader Skills

  • Recognises words from key words list and knows the characters and phrases in common to the reading scheme
  • Is able to chunk up words, e.g. st- or-m
  • Uses knowledge of blends e.g. ch, sh, ft, etc
  • Is able to predict using story and text
  • Can talk about story and characters, is beginning to use expression
  • Is able to answer questions about how they worked out unknown words
  • Is able to identify words that rhyme

Established Reader Skills

  • Uses a wide range of strategies to solve unknown words
  • Self corrects and re reads to check that their meaning makes sense
  • Can answer questions about what they have read, giving reasons for their answers
  • Can use the ‘word in word’ strategy eg can – dle- stick
  • Uses rhymes to predict words
  • Can infer meaning e.g I think….because it said….in the text
  • Has a large, secure sight vocabulary
  • Reads a range of texts with confidence

Experienced Reader Skills

  • Is able to read different texts aloud, using pace and voice modulation to create suspense, excitement and humour
  • Has knowledge of different authors and is able to comment on their work
  • Has good library skills
  • Is able to make deductions by interpreting the language in poetry
  • Can scan through text quickly to locate precise information
  • Is able to make notes from text, ensuring that all relevant information is included
  • Understands how punctuation affects reading and interpretation of meaning
  • Is able to read silently for prolonged periods and then discuss in detail what they have read
We all love to read stories to our children and it is a great way to spend and share time together. To help your child even further, no matter who is reading, try asking your child the following questions. This will help your child to understand what they have read:

  • Who is the author?
  • What is the setting - the place and time where the story happens?
  • Who are the main characters?
  • What are the main events that happen in the story?
  • What do you like or dislike about this book?
Some children prefer to read non fiction books rather than story books. This way they find out information about their favourite animal, place, hobby, or interest. These books too, can provide valuable sharing time between an adult and a child. Again, as with fiction texts, to help your child progress further in their understanding of what they have read the following questions could be asked:

  • What information do I need?
  • Have I checked the contents page?
  • Have I checked the index pages?
  • Have I looked at pictures, titles, and headings to see if they help me?
  • Have I used a dictionary to look up new words?
  • What can you tell me now that you didn't know before?
All children enjoy writing stories. However, for some chldren getting started can be a problem. If your child would like to write a story help them get started by asking them questions about it before they start to write anything down. Another good idea coul be to get your child to write out a quick plan for their story highlighting what is going to happen at the start, in the middle, and at the end. They could also plan what problem may arise in their story. The following suggestions may help:

  • What genre of story is it? – adventure, historic, fantasy, science fiction
  • Choose 2 or 3 main characters and decide what they look like and how they behave through their actions and dialogue.
  • Choose a good setting- the time and place of your story
  • Make your sentence really interesting for the reader
  • Use strong describing words- adjectives and verbs
  • Give your story a beginning, middle and an end
It is really important that children understand different concepts associated with numbers. At home children could practise their multiplication tables, place value (thousands, hundreds, tens and units) and number facts e.g. number bonds. The number facts below are also useful for a child to understand:

  • Odd numbers: 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15…
  • Even numbers: 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16
  • Square numbers: 1, 4, 9, 16, 25, 36, 49, 64, 81, 100, 121, 144, 169, 196, 225
  • Cubed numbers: 1, 8, 27, 64, 125, 216, 343, 512, 729, 1000
  • Multiples of number -are numbers that belong to its multiplications table, e.g. the multiples of 4 are 4, 8,12 …..
  • Factors of a number are numbers that divide exactly into a number, e.g. the factors of 20 are 1, 2, 4, 5, 10, 20
  • Prime numbers are numbers that have TWO factors only, e.g. 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19… 2 is the only even prime number