How Can I Help My Child at Home?
Parents often ask how they can help their child at home. We value the partnership between home and school and therefore encourage parents to help support their child’s learning in many different ways.
Each year group has produced a welcome letter which will hopefully answer any queries which parents might have about the work their child will be doing in class this year.
Other ways you can help to support your child…
1. Read, Read, Read…
Read with your child at home. Choose a quiet time to do this, 10 -15 minutes is usually long enough. Make reading an enjoyable experience. Sit with your child. Try not to pressurise if he or she is reluctant. If your child loses interest then do something else. Join the library and find books that you can bring home to enjoy. The mobile library visits Godinton Park on a Friday. To find out more about Ashford Library Services, click on the link below.
Ashford Library Services
In March this year, we held an information evening for parents which outlined practical things that parents could do at home to support their child’s reading as well as providing an overview as to how reading is taught throughout the school.To view the slides from the information evening, click on the link below.
Helping my child with reading – Information evening for parents (powerpoint presentation) Helping my child with reading – Information evening for parents (word doc)
2. Phonics and Spelling
Help your child with their phonics knowledge and spelling. If your child is working on one of the Letters and Sounds phases you will have been informed as to which phase this is. Use the link below to access the phonics pages on the school website where you will find information about each phase. If your child has moved on to learning other spelling strategies then have a look at the spelling booklet produced by the school which contains lists of high frequency words for each year group. Encourage your child to practise spelling these words.
3. Times Tables
Under the new National Curriculum, children are expected to know all their times tables up to 12 x 12 by the end of year 4. You can never practise these enough. There are lots of online times table games which children can play.
4. Working It Out
We are in the process of updating our Mathematics Calculations Policy which gives an overview of the methods used in school for each of the four operations. Click on the link below to access a guide for parents, containing information about the way that different calculations are taught.
Mathematical Calculations – Guide for Parents (*NEW*)
5. An Exciting Curriculum
Encourage your child to take an interest in the topics being studied in class. Get books out of the library which relate to aspects of history or geography. Our website provides a complete curriculum overview highlighting what is being taught in each year group. For more information, click on the link below.
Curriculum coverage at Godinton
Encourage your child to complete any homework tasks set. Homework is always a contentious issue for parents, with some thinking that the children get too much and others believing that the children should have more. Homework is not just about consolidating the children’s knowledge and skills; it is also about getting into good habits with personal learning. Children should complete homework carefully as they would a piece of work in class e.g. use pencil to write with rather than felt tip pens.
Encourage your child to show their creative talents or to pursue a particular interest by participating in Creative Homework. This is set three times a year, just before each half term holiday.
Godinton Homework Policy
Godinton Homework – A Guide for Parents
7. Have Fun!
Give your child enriching experiences which encourage them to take an interest in the world around them. This may be visiting a place of interest, playing on the beach or exploring a wood. It could be going swimming, cooking, riding bikes or simply playing together at home. Even simple experiences give children ideas which can assist them with their creative writing. Join in with events at school such as our Saturday morning cooking workshops or PTFA. They all help to broaden children’s experiences.
Saturday Morning Cooking Workshops
Have a look at the National Trusts website – 50 things to do before you’re 11 and three quarters. It provides suggestions for free, fun outdoor activities
50 things to do before you’re 11 and three quarters
8. Read All About It!
Have a look at the ideas in our regular literacy and maths newsletters. Each newsletter takes a different theme and contains ideas and suggestions for things that you can do together at home. Click on the links below to view the newsletters.
Literacy Newsletter – February 2014 Mathematics Newsletter – February 2014 Literacy Newsletter – June 2014 Mathematics Newsletter – June 2014
9. Hit the Target
Support your child with their targets. When you receive your child’s report three times a year you will also receive a copy of their targets for reading, writing and maths. The targets are only one small part of everything which your child is working on at school, and sometimes the children do move quickly through the targets set, but they are there to give you ideas for key areas in which you can help to support your child. The midyear report also contains information about what your child will be working on in the coming months.
10. Handwriting and Presentation
At Godinton we teach the children cursive handwriting (joined up handwriting). Once the children are at a stage when they are ready to form letters we teach them the correct way that each letter should be formed. After they have developed this skill we then move on to showing them how to join these letters to each other. The link below shows the cursive letter formation which we use at Godinton. Cursive handwriting guide Encourage your child with the correct formation of their letters when writing or completing homework tasks at home. Good presentation is important both in school based tasks and homework tasks. It encourages the children to take pride in their work. Godinton Primary School Presentation Policy Some tasks at school involve word processing. Help your child to develop their touch typing skills by using the free online activity from the BBC. Click on the link below. BBC Dance Mat Typing
If you are interested in learning more about how you can help your child at home, then the school offers an Adult Education class which runs on a Friday at school. For further information please contact the school office who can put you in touch with the course tutor, Louise Moore.
There are plenty of websites designed to help parents support their child’s learning: BBC – Parents Support your Child’s Education Oxford Owl – Free e books as well as advice on how to support your child’s learning Understanding Progress in English- A guide for Parents from the DFE Understanding Progress in Maths – A guide for Parents from the DFE You can also visit the Learning Zone page on the school website which has other useful links to support learning at home. Godinton Primary School Learning Zone