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 – 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!