Supporting your child’s learning

Click the link below to see our homework policy…

Ash Green Homework Policy

… or scroll down to read some advice for helping your child at home.

Reading

Research shows that the most important thing you can do to help your child achieve at school is read with them. Little and often is the key!

There are three things that your child needs to learn to do:

1) Decode words
2) Understand what they have read
3) Enjoy it!

Reading with your child should be enjoyable. The more fun you have, the more likely you are to instil a love of reading. Encourage discussion with your child when reading with them. They will probably ask you some interesting questions, so don’t be afraid to stop reading and explore these further.

Here are some tips for engaging reluctant readers:

  • Listen to audiobooks to get them interested in stories
  • Show them that you love reading too. Visit the library together and choose some books for you and for them.
  • Go for something that you know will engage your child. Perhaps they are really into wildlife, so a non-fiction book may be a good place to start.
  • Ensure your child can easily access books in your home. Have shelves at child height and books in each room.

The Oxford Owl website has 250 free, tablet-friendly e-books for you to access at home. You can access the website here.

 

Spelling

Please support your child in learning these words in preparation for their weekly spelling test. There are many methods to use at home: the basic strategies of ‘sounding out’ using phonics and ‘look, cover, write, check’ work for many learners. However, you may also wish to try some of these approaches:

  • For tricky words, think about shape and size of the word.
  • Break words into syllables, e.g. re-mem-ber.
  • Use a mnemonic, e.g. necessary: one collar; two sleeves.
  • Say words as they sound/in a funny way, e.g. Wed-nes-day.
  • Encourage the children to find words within words, e.g. parliament: I AM parliament.
  • Sing it!

 

The following apps can also be used to liven up learning spellings:

  • Squeebles Spelling;
  • Spell with Pip;
  • Phonics Play;
  • Mr Thorne;
  • Pop words;
  • Word Bingo.

 

Maths

In order to support the teaching and learning of Mathematics in school we have purchased the Abacus Maths programme. It is a toolkit that has been written for the new Primary Maths Curriculum.

To help children make sense of and practise their maths, Abacus provides a combination of games, interactive activities, pupil videos and pupil worksheets, focused around an interactive pupil world where your child can earn rewards and personalise their learning.

Each week you child will be allocated a homework game by their Class Teacher. There are different levels of difficulty. If the task you are allocated each week is consistently too hard or too easy then make your teacher aware of this so that they can adapt the activity.

To log into the pupil world:

  1. Go to www.activelearnprimary.co.uk
  2. Enter your login details and click “Log in”.