Support Your Child's Learning
The research is conclusive. Children do better when their parents are engaged with learning at home. Alongside regular, on-going home-school communication, Parent Workshops and school Open Days, on this page, we aim to provide you with tools, suggestions and resources that will help you support your child's learning.
Parent’s active engagement with their children’s school and their learning is the most important long-term influence on academic success and behaviour. Bewick Bridge is committed to securing strong home school relationships to ensure this. Our school calendar will keep you up to date with what is ahead and we send weekly reminders via the Friday Newsletter.
Top ways to get involved:
- Come and celebrate children’s successes with our Friday Celebration Assemblies at 3.00 p.m.
- Attend your child’s class Exit Points to see and hear about their learning through the International Primary Curriculum (IPC)
- Volunteer to accompany your child on an Educational Visit.
- Take time to read the weekly class newsletters (Bewick Bugle) and talk to your child about their learning.
- Stay and play with your child (Reception classes) on Friday mornings.
- Attend school events.
- Attend parent consultation evenings regularly.
To find out more about supporting your child's metacognitive skills (ability to think about and develop their own learning), visit our Supporting Learning page. On our Parent Workshops page, you can also find information about Growth Mindset and how to use praise to develop resilient and independent learners from workshops we have offered.
- What have you been learning today? (as opposed to what have you done today?)
- What new knowledge do you have? What new skills do you have? What do you understand better after today?
- Why are you learning this?
- How did this connect with things you have learnt about before?
- Is there something you really liked learning today?
- Can you teach me/ someone what you learnt today?
- Was there anything that you’d like to know more about after today?
If your child is at the stage of developing or mastering phonics, here are some useful resources you can access at home:
- http://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com. There is no charge for this site, though you need to register your details to sign up.
- http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/InteractiveResources.htm - there are phonics games for different phases. You could direct parents to particular phases.
- Geraldine`s phonics You Tube videos - (Google ‘Geraldine the giraffe’)
- Mr Thorne's phonics -www.mrthorne.com
- http://www.ictgames.com/literacy.html - a good selection of games, including Forest phonics (www.ictgames.com/forestphonics) and Look cover write check (www.ictgames.com/lcwc)
- www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies - You can listen to stories and play games on this site. It links to the BBC television channel Cbeebies. The Alphablocks games are good for learning how to say and spell words.
- http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Interactive.aspx?cat=40 – the letters and sounds; words and spelling; and learning to read sections may also be useful.
- https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-school/for-school/oxford-owl-ebook-collection - you need to register for an account, but it is free. And then you can search by Oxford reading tree book level or Letters and Sounds Phase - there are some good games/ activities with the books too.
Each child in KS1 and 2 has a Reading Journal. This is a book in which they can keep a record of what they read; this will help them keep track of the books they have read and make sure they are enjoying a 'balanced reading diet’. It will also provide a space in which to record their thoughts about and responses to what they are reading (they will be required to do this at least once a week using the prompts provided but can do it more often should they wish).
We encourage children to decorate their journals to make them personal to them. We’d also encourage you to talk to your child about their journal and to talk to them about if and how you might support them. If you read with them, you might like to record a comment too. Time and time again, research shows that learning to read - and to love to read - is directly linked to children's success at school and beyond. As parents, you can make a big difference to your child’s success as a reader by encouraging your child to read as much and as widely as possible at home. A short daily reading session at home can make all the difference to your child’s progress. Keep your eye out for regular ideas and suggestions for how you can help your child develop as a reader in the school’s newsletter.
Science: Great activities to do with your child at home
Here are five fun activities you can do at home with your child using just household objects. Warning: you WILL make a mess, and that’s half the fun!
Professor Robert Winston writes:
“Helping children learn about science isn’t just about nurturing the scientists of the future. It’s about ensuring every child develops a natural curiosity about the world around them, so they start to think analytically about situations.
Why is this important? Well – if you think about it – so many of today’s decisions require you to be analytical and ask the kind of questions a scientist would.
How much red meat should I be eating? Do the health claims of a product add up? Should we be building more nuclear power stations?
An understanding of science is behind so many of today’s decisions, let alone tomorrow’s. If we want a better society, we have to give even the youngest children a fantastic introduction to science.
KIRFs - Each child in Y1-6 has a set of KIRFs (Key Instant Recall Facts) to focus on each half term. Your child should bring a paper version home, but you can find the whole collection here. These are facts to practise at home in order to increase pupils' speed of recall. This can be practised digitally, orally, with objects or on paper.
Fun Maths activities to do at home - Please have a look through some of these short, simple maths games and activities that can be played anytime, anywhere. If you could play an activity a day with your son/daughter, it would greatly improve their mathematical abilities. The year group is merely a guide – if you need to dip into a higher/lower year group’s activities, then please do. Find games that are challenging enough for your own child. Have fun!
Parents Guide to Primary Maths - A Parent's Guide to Helping your Child with Maths
Make your child a Maths Star KS1 - A Parent's Guide to Helping your Child with Maths
Maths Glossary for Parents: http://www.theschoolrun.com/primary-numeracy-glossary-for-parents
Maths Dictionary for Kids: http://amathsdictionaryforkids.com/
- Maths for Mums and Dads by Mike Askew and Rob Eastway
- Help Your Kids with Maths by Carol Vorderman
- BBC Bitesize – KS1 & KS2 Also good for other subjects. Other areas of the website are great too, cbeebies, schools etc.
- Woodlands Junior – maths games split into areas of maths
- Maths is Fun– fun maths and logic games and explanations of mathematical concepts
- Top Marks – lots of games and split into ages
- Mr Nussbaum – good games and fun maths
- Nrich Maths – a great resource for mathematical activities for all ages
- Count On – good maths games
- Fun Brain – fun maths games
- Murderous Maths – a busy website and there is a set of books too.
- Coxhoe School – lots and lots, split into areas of maths
- Primary Games – other areas of the curriculum too
Oxford Owl for Home was created by Oxford University Press to provide advice for parents who want to support their children through primary school. The site features expert tips on helping your child develop the key skills that will give them the best possible start, and help them approach learning with confidence and enthusiasm.
Visit Oxford Owl for Home, a website packed with a range of free resources and advice on how to support your child(ren) throughout their time at primary school, including:
- a guide for starting school, including information on how to prepare your child over the summer and on the first day, as well as more general information about what to expect and how to get involved as a parent
- school jargon busters (Maths, literacy, grammar, punctuation and spelling) to help you understand the different terminology you will hear your children and their teachers using
- phonics made easy - a range of resources to support the understanding of phonics and how it is taught and learnt
- how to support your child in Maths, including games to play at home, videos explaining different methods taught in school and other top tips
- how to support your child in reading, including recommended books, how to support the learning of phonics, what they will be learning at school and how, games to play at home to support the development of reading skills and more, all organised into age ranges so you can easily find the support you are looking for
- a free ebook library that can be read at home
- videos and games to tackle times tables
Apps, and technology overall, are another tool for learning. Children get the most out of playing with apps if they are well chosen by parents and if played together.
The National Literacy Trust have put together a guide for parents with tips for how to choose and use apps to support children's literacy development, as well as a selection of apps they have already identified as supporting the development of listening and attention, understanding, speaking, reading and writing skills.