How can you help at home?

Getting Ready to Learn - Education Begins at Home

Your involvement is vital in helping your child learn. You can talk to your child's class teacher about how to help your child’s development and learning by getting actively involved, not just at home but in the garden, in the park and at the shops. The links below will help give you some ideas but please do not hesitate to speak to your child's teacher to see how you can help at home.  The children have regular opportunities for 'Show and Tell' so why not send in a picture, note or artefact to help them share their learning experience with their peers.

Reading:

 

  • Spending time reading with your child, even just 10 minutes a day, can make a real difference.

  • Choose reading material that they enjoy such as books, magazines, websites, packaging and leaflets – any text, anywhere. 

  • Learners in KS2 have a reading reward chart so remember to write in their reading diary each time they read at home!

 

Numeracy:

  • Look for opportunities in daily life to use numbers, whether it’s at the shops, talking about the football scores, looking up the times of favourite TV programmes in the TV guide or using the bus or train timetable to plan a trip.

  • This link explains the KS2 curriculum in more detail.

 

Writing:

There are several stages that a child will go through as they learn to write.  Each child will do this at their own pace and in their own time.  Encourage your child to write and design things for a range of different purposes such as invitations, thank-you notes, e-mails, shopping or ‘to do’ lists.  Read The stages of Early marking to help you determine what stage your child is at and to find out how you can help them.

 

Talking:

  • Talk about the text, words and numbers that you see around you.

  • Encourage your child to talk about mathematical concepts such as how much, how big and how many.

  • Look for shapes and patterns in everyday objects and the world around you.

  • Talk about and involve your child in everyday tasks that involve literacy and numeracy – cooking, playing or watching sports, paying for the shopping, planning a trip or playing a board game with the family or with friends.

  • Visit museums and galleries, if you have the chance, and use your local library where you’ll find a lot of information, support, computer access, and activities and events.

Useful Resources:

Welsh Government:  Help with words and numbers for children 0-4

Ready to Learn Activity Booklet