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How to help your child at home


In the middle of your reading record are several pages that show the sounds that letters, and combinations of letters, make within words. It is a good idea to regularly review and practise these. Not only will a good understanding help with reading, but will support the spelling of many words.


Regular (if possible, daily) reading will support your child in fluency and understanding of the text. It is import that you support your child in trying to work out unfamiliar words rather than reading the words for them. Ask questions about what has been read, and discuss what is happening in pictures. 

Encourage any reading - if your child wants to read shop signs, let them! Comics and information leaflets are a good source of reading material. 

Writing (and Spelling)

Again, any opportunity to write should be encouraged. Shopping lists, birthday lists, thank you letters, diaries and stories all develop ideas, help with handwriting and generate independence. 

Spellings that are sent home should be practised - use coloured pencils to created rainbow words, write sentences using the words in context, cover the word, write it and check.  The spellings that we give are those that your child is expected to be able to spell, and use within their writing in year 1.


Encourage your child to use "Real-Life" at home. 

- weighing ingredients

- counting money

- telling the time

- sharing out sweets/grapes etc 

Playing number games,  counting forwards and backward, counting in 2s, 5s, and 10s.


Outdoor Learning Ideas Across the Curriculum:

Home learning for English and maths for all year groups:


Useful Websites

This website listed above has clear examples of current Mathematical teaching methods for each area of Maths and examples for you to use with your children.        This website is tablet friendly.    Lots of tips for parents and links to other useful websites.  A range of maths games, problems and articles on all areas of maths. Parents of Key Stage 1 children should select ‘stage 1’ and parents of Key Stage 2 children should select ‘stage 2’.


Maths App for children squeebles

Useful Reading Websites for Parents

Phonics information for parents (KS1)   Tablet friendly

Phonics for children (KS1)

Reading information for parents (KS1 and KS2)

Books for children to read.

This has links to lots of advice/tips and resources for both KS1 and KS2 parents.

Spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPAG) information for parents    KS1     KS1     KS1