Home Learning

Parents are a child’s first educator and we cannot underestimate the value of a successful and collaborative relationship between home and school.  Parents can support their child’s education more effectively if they know what the school is trying to achieve and what they can do to offer support.

Home-School Agreements

Home-school agreements provide a framework for the development of such a partnership. The contents of the agreement will clarify what the school is trying to achieve, and the agreement will set out the role of the school, parents and pupils in this vital partnership.

Download our  Home School Agreement

Home Learning Workshops

In order to support the Home-School learning partnership, we run successful Maths and Literacy home learning workshops for Reception parents and carers. We will be planning more for the future but in the meantime, you can watch a video of both workshops by following this link, if you have been provided with the password.

In addition, we also ran a workshop to “Encourage Your Child as a Writer”. As you will be aware from previous communication and workshops, we teach children to read and write using a phonics approach. This workshop offered advice on overcoming barriers to writing and examples of fine motor activities to support development of writing skills. You can watch a video of this workshop and download the resources if you have been provided with the password. There is also some further resources below.

Encouraging Your Child as a Writer

As you will be aware from previous communication and workshops, we teach children to read and write using a phonics approach. In the same way as we support children to segment words to then blend and read, we practice segmenting to spell. By the end of this academic year the national expectation is that most children will be able to write multiple simple sentences independently which may not be spelt completely correctly, but they are ‘phonetically plausible’ with many tricky words spelt correctly.

During the workshop we shared a number of fine motor activities to support development of muscle strength, coordination and dexterity, which are all essential to support the development of your child’s writing skills. Photos and descriptions of these activities can be downloaded here: Fine Motor Activities. In addition, we highlighted ways to overcome barriers to writing and a book list to inspire writing, both of which can be downloaded here:  Overcoming barriers to writing    Book list to inspire writing

The photos below chart the progression from mark making to writing in developmental order, although it is important to note that each child will develop differently.

 Year One Play Maths

During the first half of the spring term, parents and carers of Year 1 pupils were invited to come and watch their child take part in a maths session, and to play some number games together. These were so enjoyed by the children, learning alongside their parents and carers at school. The session demonstrated the types of activities we use at school to develop children’s understanding of number and are good examples of home learning activities that families may wish to try out or adapt. As a little reminder, or if you were unable to attend, here are some photos from the sessions and you can also download the activities that were introduced here  Play Maths Session Activities Happy home learning!

Year One Play Phonics

In addition to the Play Maths, we also invited parents and carers to attend a Play Phonics session. Here are some of the suggested games and activities – some additional information is provided about how to play these games in the photos and instructions which can be downloaded here: Play Phonics Activity Instructions

• Tricky word bingo – make your own bingo board of tricky words for an adult to call out.
• ‘Get posting’ post word cards through pretend doors with matching grapheme written on them.
• Teddy’s moving box – write down the objects in the box so they don’t get lost when Teddy moves house.
• Please Mr. Crocodile can I cross the water? Only if you can read these words!
• Phoneme families – match the different graphemes that make the same phoneme (sound).
• Silly soup – only words with split vowel digraphs can go into the soup.
• Spot the grapheme – looking in books and recording the digraphs and trigraphs found.
• Trash or treasure? Is this a real word or not? Put in the treasure chest or the bin.
• Beat the timer. Can you read all of these words before the timer runs out? (A mixture of real and ‘alien’ words.)
• Make your own alien words from the grapheme cards.

 

Should you wish to find out more or have a particular interest in attending a home learning workshop, please see Janice Harris.

Topic Leaflets

In addition to the Home-School Agreements, we provide termly topic leaflets which outline the areas that will be covered for the coming term.  This helps parents to support their child with their education in school, and provide opportunities for extended learning in the home.  The leaflets are available for download in under the relevant class pages.