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Supporting your Child's Learning


Here are some ideas you can try at home.....

Use water - go outside with a bucket and paintbrushes. You can write names, letters numbers on the wall, floor or fence and they will magically disappear. No mess. No Fuss.

Share a favorite book, photo, painting,comic or even a poster. What you look at is not as important as the discussion you have. What is happening? What could happen next? What do you like dislike about it? How culd we make it better?

Visit the local library -Books are free to borrow, and you can borrow a few at a time. All you need to do is sign up for a library card. You can also use the computers whilst you are there!

Sing Nursery rhymes, silly chants and songs , there a great way to introduce your child to rhyme and rhythm. Try clapping along to the beat or the syllables they hear. Its as easy as the ABC alphabet song.

Go on a word hunt - Ask your child to find a specific word ( maybe in their reading book or newspaper). You can do this with letter sounds and numbers aswell.

Use magnetic letters, letters cut out of newspapers, felt, sponge or even fingers to make words. Can they write their names? Can they write the alphabet?


Learning to read is about listening and understanding as well as working out print. Through hearing stories, children are exposed to a rich and wide vocabulary. This helps them build their own vocabulary and improve their understanding when they listen, which is vital as they start to read.

As children start to learn to read at school, you can play an important role in helping to keep them interested in books, finding out what interests them and helping them to find books that will be engaging and fun for them. Give time to helping them practise reading the books they will bring home from school.


What is phonics?

Phonics is recommended as the first strategy that children should be taught in helping them learn to read and write.

Words are made up from small units of sound called phonemes. Phonics teaches children to be able to listen carefully and identify the phonemes that make up each word.

There are 3 main teaching areas in phonics:

GPCs. This stands for grapheme phoneme correspondences. This simply means that they are taught all the phonemes in the English language and ways of writing them down.

Blending. This is when children say the sounds that make up a word and are able to merge the sounds together until they can hear what the word is. This skill is vital in learning to read.

Segmenting  This is the opposite of blending. Children are able to say a word and then break it up into the phonemes that make it up. This skill is vital in being able to spell words.

How to support phonics at home?

Robot talk: this is a great way to practice segmenting words and also blending.

C A T cat

M A N man




On this page you will find ideas on how to support your child's Numeracy at home.

Go on a number or shape hunt. Can you think of a number which is more the 50?Numeracy.jpg

Look at house numbers together, look for numbers when walking around shops.

Whe cooking talk to your child about weighing out the ingredients.

How much do we need? Which is the heavisest? Can you roll the dough into a long shape?

When you are at home with your child have a look around and see what 2D and 3D shapes you can find.

Singing rhymes and songs are a great way to learn the days of the week. Why not also try 10 green bottles, 5 little monkeys or even the doubles song!

Please find file on Numeracy below.