Helping with Homework

Thank you for your help working with your child’s homework.  You are able to use the homework diary as a record of a variety of homework activities which include: 

  • Reading
  • Keywords 
  • Spellings
  • Handwriting
  • Assembly Words
  • Impact Maths
  • Maths Games
  • ICT  

ENGLISH 

READING 

How to help your child read

· Talk about the pictures before you read the book

· Ask questions…What is happening?What is the story about?What is that?Why is he doing that

· Read the book first, then let your child join in and read with you

·  Look out for words your child already knows.  Let your child say familiar words

·  Listen for sound

·  Point to the words and letter

·  Look out for rhymes and word patterns

·  Re-read the book as often as your child wishes If your child makes a mistake

·  Read the sentence again.  Look at the first letter and sound it,  then try to use the other sounds to build a word (where possible).  Give your child time to work things out

·  If your child is having difficulties, provide the correct word or read the rest to them 

Before the reading session ends

·        Ask your child to retell the story or part of the story

·        Ask questions on prediction i.e. what might happen next?

·        Ask questions about:

Ideas

Events

Characters

Surprises

New information

The way the book is written or presented

Ask your child if they liked it and why they liked it

PHONICS AND WORD RECOGNITION

KEYWORDS 

Games you can play

  • Find the matching pair
  • Snap
  • Think of a sentence with this word in it
  • Can you find this word or point to this word
  • Find all the words beginning with a, b, c… 

SPELLINGS 

When helping your child spell, it is important that they write the words down.  In school we use the LOOK, COVER, WRITE, CHECK system 

The LOOK, COVER, WRITE, CHECK method:

  • Find a comfortable place where interruptions are less likely
  • Make sure you allocate enough time – 10 minutes is about right
  • Ask your child to LOOK and visualise the word
  • COVER up the word
  • Ask your child to WRITE the word
  • Then your child should CHECK that they have spelt it correctly
  • Praise your child if they have spelt it correctly, but if they spelt it incorrectly then you should ask them to say what happened and then try again
  • Praise your child’s efforts: the feeling of success is very important
  • If your child becomes upset for any reason then stop the session and try again later when all is calm

 

HANDWRITING 

  • Correct letter formation is very important
  • Remember that all lower case letters begin with a lead in stroke that start on the bottom line
  • c ,o, a, q are rounded letters which start with the size and shape of a ‘c’ and go round in an anti-clockwise direction
  • r, n, m, p, h, k double back after the initial down stroke
  • b, d, f, h, k, l, t have ascenders, that is they are taller than the rest
  •  g, j, p, q, y have descenders, that is tails that go under the line
  • All writing should be in lower case.  Capitals should only be used as the first letter of a sentence or name
  • Once your child has mastered the correct letter formation, joined handwriting is encouraged
  • When joining letters, the joining stroke moves to the start of the next letter, which is formed in the correct way

Look on the left at the link "Helping with Handwriting" - there's an interactive video to show you how we teach children to form their letters, so you can help them practice at home.

ASSEMBLY WORDS

Encourage your child to speak confidently, clearly and loudly when practicing words.  Can you hear your child say their words from another room?!

MATHEMATICS

IMPACT MATHS 

Your child will love the opportunity of discussing their maths activity sheets with you.  These cover a variety of maths skills and knowledge which your child needs to practise.

MATHS GAMES

Activities and games with numbers are part of learning maths.  Examples of good games include:

  • Any board game such as snakes and ladders… The children have to count on and back and add dice together
  • Uno
  • Dominoes
  • Monopoly
  • Card games
  • Battleships
  • Even computer games where choices have to be made
  • Junior scrabble
  • Counting/adding scores
  • Beetle drive or similar dice game
  • Bingo
  • Number fans e.g. show me a number 1 less than 5, show me a number 1 more than 5 etc.

ICT 

Children will be given topics/areas to explore which they can extend using the computer via the internet at home.  ICT plays an important part in your child’s education.

 REMEMBER!

Homework is an opportunity for the family to have fun together and enables children to enjoy learning and have a sense of achievement.