Helping my Child at Home
Partnership with parents is vital to support the development of our children. As a school we want to give you the tools to help you support and reinforce the learning that your child experiences at home.
Your child will taught a range of strategies to solve calculations and problems in arrange of domains, from place value to geometry and statistics. Our calculation policy explains our expectations and methods and will help you use the age appropriate strategy at home.
As your child develops greater confidence, speed and fluency in reading the support they require at home changes from listening to them and helping them sound out and decode words to more challenging conversations about what they have read and exploring author style, word choice and justifying their opinions making reference to the text to support their ideas. This leaflet includes guidance on helping your child with their reading.
It is important that children are reading a range of types of books at a level appropriate to their age and reading ability. We aim to promote a love of reading but to also widen their reading diet. Encouraging our children to read different authors and quality texts is a challenge for parents.
Children have been given a brand new reading challenge this year with a Bingo grid each. Each child has their own Reading Bingo booklet with different reading requests for them to complete throughout the year. They are encouraged to read a wide variety of texts rather than sticking with the same author or book series by undertaking up to 25 different styles.
Styles of book range from stories set in space and stories by particular authors to books which have stars on the front cover and tales loved by a family member. Once a child has read one of the challenge books, they need to complete a book review which can be found inside their booklets.
Once they have completed the challenge, they will be awarded a PRIDE stamp and a prize badge.
Here are some klist of books that may help you child achieve their challenge.
The National Curriculum 2014 raised the expectation and importance of correct spelling from an early age. The age appropriate spelling information and word lists are HERE (Link to
Year 5 and 6
Stated in the National Curriculum: Pupils should be taught to:
- use the diagonal and horizontal strokes that are needed to join letters and understand which letters, when adjacent to one another, are best left unjoined
- increase the legibility, consistency and quality of their handwriting, [for example, by ensuring that the downstrokes of letters are parallel and equidistant, and that lines of writing are spaced sufficiently so that the ascenders and descenders of letters do not touch]
As a school we follow a writing scheme which promotes the teaching of joined fluent script but we allow children to develop their own style, ensuring they are meeting the requirements of the National Curriculum. Throughout school children are encouraged to improve their handwriting and seek to earn pen licence when they are regularly high quality writing across their work.