Things you can do at home to help children to learn.
Reading at home is a major factor in developing children's reading and comprehension skills. 10 minutes a day is far more powerful than half an hour once a week; little and often is the key.
Every time your child your reads at home, please complete a quick note in their reading record and sign it (it doesn't matter who reads with your child, any ear will do!) The number of days your child has read at home is counted and recorded on our Raving Readers chart. The more times they read, the more prizes they get! It's that simple.
KIRFs (Key Instant Recall Facts)
Some maths is about just knowing it by heart. It makes for mentally fluent children, who can calculate quickly without having to work things out each time. Some examples are times tables, number bonds, number sequences, and addition and subtraction facts. One way to see what your child needs to know by the end of Year One is to look in their KIRFs books. This gives you a handy guide as to which skills your child should learn in each Year. As with their Reading Record (see above) please comment in their KIRFs book each time they practise a skill. Teachers will then tick the skills they feel your child has successfully achieved.
Ways to help:
- Practise letter formation and encourage your child to write their full name.
- Practise number formation.
- Count in multiples of 2s, 5s and 10s.
- Practise counting forwards and backwards from 0-100.
- Identify 2D and 3D shapes around the home and in the local environment.
- Listen to your child read every day.
- Encourage your child to learn to read and write the 'High Frequency' and 'Tricky' words For Year One - these can be found in the back of your child's reading record and on the rainbow sheet given at the start of the school year.
Here are some useful websites to help with homework, learning or just fun. (Just hit the link).
- Doodle Maths (follows what's happening in class)
- Purple Mash
- Phonics Play
- Times Tables Rockstars
- Busy Things