Supporting Your Child
Phone away, how was your day?
Your child’s days at school are very busy and exciting. As we want all children to have a positive school experience it is critical that the language used at home highlights an d focuses on the positive. Here are some ideas of ways to engage in conversation about your child’s day:
- Tell me about the best part of your day…
- Tell me one thing you learnt today….
- I wonder what you did today that made you proud?
- Tell me something you did that made you smile…
- Tell me someone you played with today…
- Tell me something that made you happy today…
- I wonder what you had for lunch today…
- Tell me everything you would like to do this evening…
- Make time to read together – this should be a calm time for you both to enjoy!
- Share books, comics, magazines, catalogues – reading is everywhere and isn’t just your child’s reading book!
- If your child is tired, you read the book and get them to spot tricky words in the book, help you with sounding out words etc.
- Make mistakes as you read – children love to be the teacher and will correct you!
- Use bug club https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/login?c=0 – see your child’s reading record for log in details
- Spend time each day reading – this can be reading signs of shops, practising tricky words, sharing a book, reading labels on items in the cupboard etc.
- Talk about the book – can the children predict what may happen? can thy find their favourite part?
- Enjoy reading together!
- Let your child see you reading at home.
- Have fun with reading!
- Using mathematical vocabulary – add, take away, more, less half, full, big, little
- Encourage and enthuse
- Value their mathematical mark making
- Make maths everyday and every moment, maths is everywhere!
- Ask children to show you. Prove it, Explain it, Draw it! The answer is only the beginning.
- Allow them time to explore mathematical concepts.
- Be positive about maths around your child.
- Build their confidence in their abilities to achieve in maths.
- Make time in your week to play games, cook, go to the shops and let them buy an item.
- Spot the maths in their environment.
Have fun with MATHS!