Helping at Home
Schools can be daunting places for parents, so much has changed since we were at school and the expectations placed upon even the youngest Nursery and Reception children have increased. The way subjects are taught now may seem complicated, confusing or even wrong when we consider how we were taught.
I would like to reassure you however that you do not need to be a teacher to help your child at school! I hope you will see from the suggestions below that very few of them require you to actually ‘teach’ anything. The best support for your child is a little time and a constant high quality conversation (even when watching the TV!) which encourages the child to hear language and spot things in the world around them that relate to what they are learning in school.
Every day experiences, 10 minutes of your time and access to pens, paper and books are the only resources you need to help your child to experience even greater success.
If you would like to know more about any of the suggestions below, please look out for parent learning opportunities offered by the school or simply talk to your child’s teacher, who will be able to talk specifically about the things your child needs to work on.
We look forward to working with you to Build Strong Foundations for your child’s Lifetime of Learning.
With thanks to the following sources who have helped us to compile these help guides:
BBC Learning, Alphablocks, Gusford Primary, NAHT & Family Action.