Ideas for parents to support progression at home
Since our re-opening in September 2020, we have had many parents eager to support our efforts in supporting their children with their learning to ensure good accelerated progress takes place. To assist parents with this, our staff have compiled a list of resources, websites and ideas for parents to use/look at that will support children with their learning in the four main areas of the curriculum, reading, writing, grammar/spelling and mathematics. Take a look at what we suggest down below. Most of these suggestions are generic in the sense they cover many areas of the Primary National Curriculum. We will continue to make further year group specific suggestions as we continue to move through the school year. Remember to also check out our Educational Website Link for more great ideas!
English - Reading
Reading for fun
Children should be encouraged to read whenever they can and just enjoy a good book! If your child is not keen reading lengthy story books then getting them to read a comic, a non-fiction book or a newspaper article. Reading is a fundamental life skill, so helping them to engage and reading aloud with a range of texts in everyday situations is important.
A wonderful website, that has some great ideas on how to engage your children (and whole family) with reading. It also include recommended books/stories to read with your child that are age appropriate. Their tips and advice page is great place to start.
Oxford Owl - Reading
Oxford Owl offer some brilliant ideas and under their reading tab you can take a look at specific elements for your child's reading to support them age appropriately. You can even sign up and access their free library of some texts.
The National Literacy Trust - Words for Life
Another amazing website that gives parents a range of ideas, activities and resources to use at home with reading. Definitely worth a look!
Teach Your Monster To Read
An online game based website that can support your child if they truly struggle to read. It takes an almost phonetic approach in how it engages children with their reading.
If you are ever struggling with ideas for what your child should be reading for their age, check out this amazing website that is filled with ideas and suggestions!
If you search online for 'Reading Menus Key Stage Two' you should come across Reading Menus that can assist your child in making reading comprehension a bit more fun! For an example here is one that has been made. Many of these you can find on websites like Pinterest, be careful though as some of these are written in English-American.
As teachers we always say that reading is fundamental to help children develop their understanding of the English language and how it is used in various forms. However, when they reach Key Stage Two (Years 3-6) it is important that they can show an understanding of what they are reading. Take a look at this helpful printable bookmark that has questions to aide you at home when reading with your child. A couple of questions like these after they have read to you will make a difference!
English - Writing
Writing for fun
Writing at home should be an enjoyable experience. To help children continue to build upon the writing they do at school, we would encourage parents to suggest to their children to write about things that they find enjoyable. Ideas that suggest include:
- A diary entry, so they can build up their skills in writing a recount and writing in the past tense and using the first person (e.g.: I went to school). If you want to make it more fun then change it to a Captain's Log and have them add in things that could have happened using their imagination (e.g. an alien visited the school and ate the deputy headteacher!).
- Letter writing is a skill that as we become adults it is something we need to do and the style used is similar to when we compose an email. So how about encouraging your child to write a letter to a family relative or a friend that perhaps they don't see as often? They could share something they have been up to!
- Shopping lists - get your child to help you write the shopping list and have them use bullet points or commas when writing it.
- Story writing - having your child use their imagination when creating a story is another useful skill. If your child is reluctant to write something without a prompt or a form of stimulus why not base it around something they enjoy either reading or watching. Perhaps they could write the next chapter in a book or an alternative ending? Why not encourage them to write the prequal or sequel of a favorite family film you enjoy watching together?
- Autobiography/biography - many famous people these days have 'written a book'. How about encouraging your child to write their own (autobiography) or write one based on a family relative or someone that inspires them? It could even be on one of their favourite characters!
- Newspaper article / blog / article writing - children can be fascinated by the news, so why not encourage your child to write an article about something that has happened in your family? Perhaps it's the news of a new arrival (could be a new baby sibling or even a pet!) or about an exciting journey/adventure you have been on together? If you plan to share it online with family and friends, remember to be safe!
This website gives your child the opportunity to meet some authors and find out more about their books along with this there is a writing challenge set by the author.
Different Sentence Types
When children write it is important we encourage them to think about how their sentences will vary from one to the next. Take a look at these different types of sentences that can help your child make their writing more exciting and different. It includes a range of languages and use of punctuation. Encourage your child to use this as a visual aid when they are doing any writing for fun or for their homework!
English - GPS (Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling)
A website that looks at spelling patterns and rules which can assist your child further in understanding how certain words are spelt and why.
ICT Games - Literacy
This website has a range of games and activities that your child can use to support their learning around a number of GPS topics.
ISPACED sentence starters
We use ISPACED sentence openers to support changes in sentence and understanding a range of grammar rules. Take a look at this example to help with writing at home.
A website provides a range of questions and challenges to support Key Stage Two Maths.
This website provides a range of games and activities for children to try that encourages maths skills.
More activities and ideas for children to engage in different ways to look at maths. Also look at the Daily 10 challenge which we use often in class.
Times Table Pop Videos
If you search online for times table pop videos you will see on some video platforms that others have made fantastic videos that use popular and well known songs to help with learning times table facts. Please make sure you watch them first to ensure they are suitable and safe for your child to view.