Supporting Learning at Home
The more supported a child feels at home, the more effectively he or she will learn at school. Getting involved in your child’s learning, even in a simple way, will help your child develop a positive attitude towards learning.
Supporting Pupils in the Secondary Phase
Parents are asked to support their children in the Secondary Phase in completing their homework by checking and signing their planner on a weekly basis, encouraging a high standard of work and by engaging them in conversation about their work.
Homework, or Independent Learning, is a key aspect of the learning process. Homework is used to consolidate learning from lessons and to practise key skills. Independent study is crucial in developing skills such as time management, research and organisation, and meeting deadlines. These are all very important at the academy and in later life.
Encouraging your child and praising their achievements will increase their confidence. When your child has difficulties, try to give feedback rather than criticism, which will help them think about where they went wrong and how they can improve. There are scheduled opportunities throughout the year for parents and carers to discuss their child’s progress with their teachers, such as Progress Reviews, however if you have any concerns at any other time, please contact the academy and arrange to speak to a Student Manager, who will be happy to help.
The importance of reading
Studies show that reading for pleasure makes a big difference to children’s educational performance. Children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading tests than those who don’t, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of other cultures. All Secondary students should be undertaking reading regularly, in addition to completing their set homework. We hope that you will encourage your child to read daily, for at least twenty minutes. Support your child’s reading development, whatever their age, by having books, magazines and newspapers in the home and letting them see you and other family members reading them.
It is particularly important that students are supported in the run-up to examinations. The Science faculty have put together some useful information for parents on how they can support their child's revision and exam preparation:
Supporting Pupils in the Primary Phase
As a parent, how can I help with my child’s learning?
All the fun activities that you do with your child at home are important in supporting their learning and development, and have a really long lasting effect on your child’s learning as they progress through school.
Even when your child is very young and is not yet able to talk, talking to them helps them to learn and understand new words and ideas. If you make the time every day to do some of the following things with your child it will make a real difference to your child’s confidence as a young learner.
Source: Parents' Guide to the EYFS, www.foundationyears.org.uk
Sharing stories with your child is an enjoyable experience for both of you. By sharing books together children learn to love books as well as learning how to handle them. It is important to have books available at home, remember there is no charge to join the local library. Always find a quiet place to read.
Show your child …
¨ How to hold a book and turn the pages one at a time carefully
¨ Move across the page working left to right
¨ Read from top to bottom
¨ Talk about the front and back of the book, the beginning and the end of the story
¨ Point to the words as you read them
¨ Point out the spaces in between the words
¨ Talk about the pictures
¨ Ask your child if they can tell you what might happen next
We know that the excellent partnership we enjoy with parents at our academy makes a real difference to the progress children make. That's why we support parents in helping children with learning at home as well as at school. Each week, children will bring home their 'Learning Together' homework. This work will be planned to your child's stage of development and may include: phonics work; 'tricky' words to learn to read on sight; spellings; handwriting; mathematics; research etc. Your child will also be doing lots of reading in school and will be bringing their reading book home every day. It makes a real difference to pupils if someone at home can hear them read every day.
Each half-term, children will also be bringing home their 'Learning Log' which is a wonderful opportunity for parents and children to work together in a creative and interesting way. Each year, we hold Family Learning sessions to look at how parents can support learning through homework and Learning Logs.
We also provide a handy fridge magnet with a brief reminder of how parents can help their child each day and week. Please do not hesitate to ask your child's class teacher or Mrs Keasey, Home School Liaison Officer, if you would like any further information or support.