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How can I help my child at home?

Helping your child at home...

Learning should be fun and your child will learn through the play experiences they have at home.  Here are some ideas for helping your child to learn at home...


1. Read, Read, Read.

Listen to your child read to you for 10 minutes.  Read bedtime stories together.  Look at pictures in books and make up your own words for the story.  Learn rhymes and poems.  Read jokes.  Read information from books, packaging, instructions, letters.  Listen to audio books.


2. Word Games

Boggle, Scrabble and Banagrams are great games to support spelling and vocabulary.  You could also play open ended games like: how many words can you think of to describe ____?  How many different ways can you travel, what words would you use to describe what you are doing?  You could also begin building colour vocabulary by describing things as beige, sky-blue, cerise, teal, amber instead of using the basic colour vocabulary they already know.  Word searches are also popular.


3. Maths Games

Orchard toys make some amazing games for teaching many maths skills.  

As well as these, dominoes, darts games, card games, any games with dice such as snakes and ladders and Yahtzee are really good fun ways to get your child interacting with numbers.  There are also junior sudoku puzzles your child may enjoy and some electronic games I've linked to on our class page.  Counting coins from a money box is another great maths activity.


4.Fine motor skills

Playdough, Lego, K'nex, jigsaw puzzles, colouring, painting, cutting and sticking are all great ways for children to develop their fine motor skills and dexterity as well as allowing them to be creative and to solve problems.


5. Age-appropriate responsibility

Children need to gradually develop independence and responsibility.  Things your child can do in key stage 1:

  • Carry their own bag to and from school
  • Get their uniform, bag and shoes ready for school the night before
  • Help to make a sandwich
  • Help with dusting and light hoovering
  • Put their own toys away
  • Pair up socks and put some washing away
  • Laying the table for dinner
  • Helping with shopping, including reading and writing simple lists
  • Helping with weeding, picking vegetables, raking leaves 


6. A range of experiences

Children will benefit from any experiences you can give them.  Walking along the river or through the forest spotting plants and animals gives a child so much to talk about.  A day at the beach, the zoo or the farm will develop understanding of different animals and environments.  Bikes rides and walks will develop road safety awareness amongst another skills.  Visiting museums and other cities will open children's eyes to our rich history and diverse culture.  Play parks develop children's gross motor skills and encourage them to take calculated risks, pushing the barriers of their comfort zone.

You don't need to spend a fortune to give a child a great experience.

7. Telling the time

In years one and two, telling the time focusses solely on understanding of the analogue clock, we do not delve into digital time.  You may want to consider this when buying clocks and watched for your children.  In year 1, children are expected to know how to tell the time to the hour and half hour using the vocabulary o'clock and half past.  In year 2, we extend this to tell the time to the nearest five minutes including quarter past and quarter to.  When telling the time with your child it may be helpful to use langusge such as 25 to 10 instead nine thirty-five to support their understanding.


8. Memory

Memory is key to learning and can be developed through use of games.  Matching pairs, my mother went to market, and kims games are all good games for this age group.