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Parent Guidance

There are many ways in which you can support your child at home.  As part of our home school agreement we ask that you read regularly with your child and support them with set home learning tasks. Below are some further suggestions, ideas and advice linked to our school curriculum.



School Values 

Our school is a happy place that has children at heart and in mind in all that we do. We strive to offer the richest learning experiences where everyone achieves more than they thought possible, within a caring, dynamic and appreciative ethos.  Our school values are at the heart of our curriculum and there are many ways that this can also be supported at home.  


Here are a few ideas linked to our school values to try at home: 

  • Play board games or table top games where there is a winner this will help develop resilience and turn taking 
  • Talk about how you show respect, there are some brilliant stories to aid with this
  • Talk about manners and why they are important 
  • Take responsibility by helping to tidying up, set the table or do simple house hold chores 
  • Encourage independence - getting dressed, organising school things and laying the table

Phonics and Reading 

Phonics plays an important part in children's progression in reading.  For guidance more information can be found here.  


Why not try: 

  • Looking for letters in the environment, for example car number plates, signs, adverts, tickets and brochures.
  • Sound talk short words frequently at home, for example instead of saying sit down, say s-i-t down, so children are used to hearing words broken down.
  • Read with your children as often as you can, the more you model reading, the more they will want to join in. Show them how you enjoy reading for pleasure.
  • Visit local libraries and book shops together. Share your child's school library book at home.
  • Practise using the pure sounds rather than letter names. For actions and videos click here.


There are so many real life experiences that can be linked to maths; setting the table, going to the shops, playing games and even watching TV! 


Why not try some of theses ideas at home:

  • Use mathematical language at bath time, during water play you can discuss which container is full, half full or empty.
  • When you are out and about, look at door numbers, speed signs, bus numbers to promote number recognition and confidence.
  • Count everything!! Stairs, cows in the field, flowers in the garden.
  • When cooking with your children, use language linked to weight and measure. Model the correct mathematical language when sharing, doubling and halving. Practise sharing chocolate, cakes, pizza etc.  
  • Discuss time during your day, for example, at 7.00pm you go to bed, at 12.00pm (Midday) you have lunch.
  • Give your children the experience of handling real money, making purchases and using everyday language linked to money.
  • What 2D and 3D shapes do you see when you are out and about ? What shapes do you have in your home ? Go on a shape hunt.
E-safety - In the rapidly changing, digital world that we live it is vital to be open and have a constant dialogue with your child about internet safety. Guidance to support this can be found here