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There are many ways you can support your child at home. The information below is general information for all children. For ideas of specific ways to help your child, please speak to the classteacher, who will be happy to advise you.

English

The development of good skills in reading and writing is crucial for children in order for them to have fulfilling and successful futures. On this page, you will find lots of ideas about how you can help your child at home, as well as some activities you could have a go at. 

It doesn’t matter how old your child is, or how good they are at reading, sharing books together is not only essential to help them develop as a reader, but it’s also a great way to spend time with your child. Here are some resources which can help you to get the most out of your reading time together…

 Tips for reading at home

 Strategies children can use when they get ‘stuck’ on a word

 Example questions to ask when reading at home

Phonics

Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will have a daily phonics lesson in school. To find out more about how we teach phonics at Glenaire, speak to your child’s class teacher. We follow the Read, Write, Inc phonics scheme.  

Have a go at these online phonics games.

Recommended Reading Lists:

Have a look at this website for ideas about suitable books for Key Stage 2 children to read. 

Here are some ideas for Foundation Stage, Year 1 and Year 2

Writing

When it comes to improving writing, any practice is good practice! The key to getting better is understanding what you need to do to improve your writing and then practice, practice and more practice.

Ask your child what their writing targets are- they should be able to tell you! Then encourage them to write at home. It doesn’t matter what they are writing; it could be a letter, a story, a shopping list, an invitation, a play script or even a song. The important thing is that they are writing. 

Here are some ideas about how you can help with your child’s writing at home. 

Useful websites

Have a look at some of these websites for ideas and information about different kinds of writing.

Woodlands Resources

Creative writing prompts

Writing games

Maths

Every day is a maths day! It’s easy to practise maths skills with your child at home- it just takes a bit of imagination. Ask them to help add up prices of food in the supermarket, or compare the weights of two items. They could estimate how much liquid is in their bedtime drink, or work out how long their favourite TV programme lasts for. Practise times tables or number bonds on journeys or look for different shapes in the natural environment. Ask them to count out everyday objects like buttons or Smarties, then take some away and see if they can work out how many. There are lots of ideas!

 On this page, you will find some information about how we teach Maths at Glenaire, and some links to useful websites.

Useful information

The National Curriculum outcomes set out the different maths skills which are taught in each year group. 

At Glenaire, we follow a calculations policy to make sure that we are teaching teaching consistent and progressive methods for working things out. You can see a copy of our policies by clicking on the links below.

Mental calculations policy

 Written calculations policy

Useful Websites

My Maths– Children can log in to this using their usernames and passwords which have been provided in school. 

BBC Maths activities- KS 1

BBC Maths activities- KS 2

Nrich- problem solving activities

Woodlands Resources