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Top 10 Tips for Supporting Your Child with Their Learning at Home

27 November 2014

Parents often ask us how they can better support their child at home and how they can develop positive links between home and school. There are many things that can be done at home to facilitate meaningful discussions and promote extended learning. Dean Clayden, Year 1 Leader, shares his top ten list of ideas that can help:

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1. Read all about it!

You can take an interest in what your child is doing at school by reading our weekly newsletter and discussing what they have been learning. Newsletters and communication books are a good talking point as they often contain key vocabulary that can be used to enter into a meaningful dialogue. 

2. Make links

Knowing what topics or learning your child is doing could lead to learning opportunities at home. This can help you to pick a relevant book or watch a documentary about something they are learning at school. If you find something interesting at home your child can bring it into school and share it with the class.

3 & 4. Exciting experiences and school blogging

Check what events are taking place in the school calendar and use these to talk to you child about what’s going on at school. At BISS Puxi there is always a range of exciting experiences taking place, both inside and outside of the classroom. Some of these are posted about on our school blog and on our social presences. Keeping an eye on the blog and our social channels like Facebook, TwitterInstagram and LinkedIn is a great way to see what’s been going on and can help you to enter into dialogue with your child about what has happened during the busy school day.

5. Dear diary...

Check your child's home-school dairy. We write to parents every week about an aspect of learning that each child has done well. A photograph about something they have done well, taken by the teacher, can help you to start a conversation and is a great way to celebrate success at home. 

6. Buddy up!

Our Room Parents help to communicate messages to all parents in the class via email and meet up regularly to have a chat and a coffee. The Room Parent helps to deliver key messages to parents about events and exciting experiences happening in the class.

7. Volunteer

Room Parents can help to set up a parent reading programme, where you can come into the classroom to read with your child and their friends. Ask your classroom teacher if you can come and listen to the children read once a week or even once a month. The children at our school love to see their parents come in and read with them and their classmates.   

8. Reading for pleasure

Reading with your child at home is one of the best ways to engage in their learning. Your child can read to you or you can read the book to them! Reading in an unusual position or place can also help to inject life into this daily routine and keep it exciting for you and your child. During our Book Week this year we asked pupils to send in photographs of ‘Extreme Reading’ they did at home.

9. One team

We pride ourselves in welcoming parents to our school and this is made possible by having positive relationships and good communication between parents and teachers. This is achieved by parents and teachers working together with a shared level of understanding and support.

10. Information

Information evenings can be really helpful at supporting you with particular aspects of your child’s learning. At BISS Puxi we run regular workshops to help support pupils’ Literacy, Maths and Science skills. 

- Dean Clayden, Year 1 Leader