The best way to help and support your child at school is to give them your love and encouragement. Your time and interest in what your child does at school is very important and shows your child that you care about their learning. Sharing a book together is a good way of encouraging your child to read and we ask parents to try and spend 15 minutes a day reading to, or with, their children. Learning songs and rhymes off by heart will help to develop your child’s memory and language. Children enjoy playing games and this helps them to learn how to count, how to share and also how to cope with winning and losing.
We hold regular parent events and workshops to support parents in helping their child with learning at home, with themes such as phonics, reading, maths, writing, safeguarding and E-Safety. Also look out for information in the weekly newsletter about the areas of the curriculum the children have been learning.
Supporting reading & phonics at home
What can I do at home to inspire my child to read?
- Have a range of reading materials in your home (e.g. recipes, magazine, newspapers, e-books, TV guides etc.).
- Read in front of your child. Let your children see you read frequently and read for pleasure – you are their role-model!
- Talk to them about things you have read in magazines or newspapers.
- Designated story time, have a set time in the day/evening where you read with your child or your child reads to you.
- Visit the local library together. It’s always fun choosing new books to read, and keep an eye out for special author events at the library or local bookshops.
- Give books as presents and rewards, and encourage your children and their friends to swap books with each other.
These are all ways that you can encourage your child to develop a love of reading, and for them to understand the purpose of reading for pleasure.
How can I support them with their phonics at home?
- Go through their phonics flashcards daily - Can they identify the sound? Can they do the action?
- Encourage them to play phonics games online to practise their phonemes, and segmenting and blending skills.
Useful phonics websites:
Phonics Bloom - website with Phase 1-5 games, tablet and mobile device friendly.
Top Marks - website with Letters and Sounds phonic games.
National Literacy Trust - website with activities, tips and advice.
Phonics Play - website with Phase 1-5 games, use school subscription.
Letters and Sounds - website with Phase 1-5 games.