Support your child at home
There are lots of ways that you can help your child at home – do make sure, for example, that you read frequently with your child. We have a home-school reading journal which is a useful way to communicate how your child is progressing with reading and what further support and help is needed. You can also support them with the current learning that’s taking place in school by supporting with weekly homework.
Calculations in maths are taught in a progressive, systematic way. You can download our school calculation policy (from the policies page) to find out the way we teach children to add, subtract, multiply and divide.
Children are taught to write through the development of phonics, learning tricky word spellings and through a systematic approach to the teaching of handwriting.
You can download a copy of the handwriting policy and calculation policy here which may help you at home when working with your child.
It is very important that your child has a good grasp of phonics from an early age. When children understand how letters and groups letters form sounds they are able to read and write much more confidently. At our school we have made a lot of changes to the way in which we teach phonics and as a result, we have increased the proportion of children passing the Year 1 phonics screening check from 40% (2013) to 90% (2014). We cannot underestimate how important the role of parents and carers is in children’s learning and understanding of phonics. We have prepared a list of useful websites which you can use at home with your child to support them in phonics. We also run parent workshops in school to help you better understand what phonics is and how we teach it at Longman’s Hill. Look out on the ‘latest news’ page for forthcoming workshop dates.
Here are some of the resources which we introduced / demonstrated at recent workshops which you can you use with your child at home:
For lots of fantastic FREE resources which you can use at home with your child visit the Letters and sounds website – click on the picture below.
Often parents ask us how to pronounce each sound. Click on the picture below to link to a website where you can listen to how each sound should be spoken.
There are lots of great ways to support your child at home with mathematics. The key is to make it as fun and positive as possible. Playing games is an excellent way of helping your child. Recognising patterns on dice and dominoes, for example, can be really help with creating mental images of numbers and helping them on the way to becoming fluent and flexible with calculations.
Some examples of games your could play: (some of these and more are available to borrow from the school’s maths games library)
Shut the box
Pick up sticks (with scoring)
We want children to see maths as a creative, exciting subject; to embrace challenge, learn from mistakes and enjoy the thrill of making new mathematical discoveries. The Celebrating Maths Project will help you to promote these attitudes with your children.
The Celebrating Maths Project is a series of three short videos written to give parents a range of mathematical games and puzzles to play at home.
The first video, for parents of children aged 4-5, gives ideas for finding maths in everyday situations and explains some important stages in developing an early understanding of number. The second and third videos, for parents of children aged 6-7 and 8+, give ideas for mathematical strategy games that can be played with simple equipment and an active mind!
By playing maths games together, whatever your personal experience of the subject, your child will learn that the challenge of maths is there to be enjoyed!
Follow the link below to see the three videos:
These leaflets also list more games and ideas to help your child at home.
Multiplication and Division
- recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables, including recognising odd and even numbers (Year 2)
- recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 3, 4 and 8 multiplication tables (Year 3)
- recall multiplication and division facts for multiplication tables up to 12 × 12 (Year 4)
Here are a few pointers and links to help your child at home with learning these important facts.
- Try to keep practising fun – use games (board games or online) to help.
- Discuss different strategies. We don’t all see maths in the same way!
- Children need visual images to help them see and understand the maths. Use pictures, arrays and real life objects to bring maths to life.
- Use travelling time as a opportunity to fire a few quick questions!
Links to games and songs