What is Learning Support at BIS Primary?
- We are 5 teachers and 6 teaching assistants supporting children throughout Primary school.
- Supporting children in many different ways; reading, writing skills, phonics, maths skills, focus, concentration, social and emotional skills, fine and gross motor skills.
- We may be giving children a short ‘boost’ to catch up or be working with them longer term.
- There are many reasons a child may need extra help- moving schools can pause a child’s progress for up to 6 months, coming from a different curriculum or language can mean gaps, they may need a confidence boost, they may just need a general catch up or they may have a specific learning problem.
- We can use some screening tool to give us more information about how your child is learning, but cannot diagnose specific learning problems
- We will support parents to find professionals to work with their children where we can, for example a Speech and Language Therapist, Occupational Therapist or Educational Psychologist.
How can I help my child at home?
- Read with your child daily - this has a huge impact! As shown in this study from the US:
“Starting in kindergarten, if a student reads 20 minutes a day at home, they will hear 1.8 million words per year. They will have read for 851 hours by 6th grade and on standardized tests, they will likely score better than 90% of their peers.”
- Make sure your child is getting enough sleep
“Researchers found that children who had a regular bedtime performed better at languages, reading and maths than those who went to bed at different times. Scientists at SRI International, an independent American research institute based in California, found the earlier a child went to bed, the better they performed at school.” (Source The Daily Telegraph)
Make sure your child has a healthy breakfast before they come to school. Hungry children lose concentration and find it much more difficult to learn.
What should I do if I am worried about my child’s learning?
- Talk to the child’s class teacher. They are experienced at dealing with all sorts of learners and will be able to offer you advice.
- The class teacher may also ask Learning Support for some help in a particular area with a child and will let you know if your child may be receiving extra help from us, either in a small group or 1:1.
- Learning Support would then contact you and let you know the targets that they are working on and invite you to meet with the Learning Support Teacher.
Find out more:
Click here to find out more about sleep and bedtimes
Click here to find out more about books and reading - enjoy some online books with your child.
Ms Sarah Battersby, Learning Support Leader