We are very keen for parents to support and help with homework. However, there are times when we will want to seewhat your children can do by themselves. It is particularly important, as they get older, for your children to become increasingly independent in their learning.
We take the view that children are likely to get more out of an activity if parents get involved as long as they do not take over too much. If you are unsure about what your role should be, you should discuss it with your child’s teacher.
They will be very pleased that you are interested and will want to help you get the balance right.
At TPS, each child is provided with a reading record and they are expected to read daily. A comment about how well they read should be commented on by an adult. Please discuss with your child what they have read in order to show that they comprehend the text.
Throughout Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) and Key Stage 2 (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6), spellings lists are sent home each week
and the children are tested weekly on the following week. Class teachers will inform parents about when their child’s spelling test days will be.
Key Stage 2 children are also expected to learn and/or revise times tables as these are regularly tested during maths sessions. These tests may be verbal or written. If you are unsure about which multiplication tables your child should be learning, please talk to your child’s class teacher.
Brain builders are creative 3D homework projects conducted by children with their parents/carers during the half term. After completion of the project at home the children are able to bring this into school, discuss it within their class and display it.
Big write develops the children stamina to write at extended length. It occurs every Friday for 45 minutes to 1 hour
inKey Stage 2 and in the summer term for able children in key stage 1. The children should be supported by their parents through planning ideas with them about what they can write about before the big write on Fridays.
When supporting your child, parents/carers should try to:
- Give your child confidence through lots of praise and encouragement. As a parent/carer, you have tremendous influence to strengthen your child’s confidence – and confidence is vital to learning.
- Provide specific praise that focuses on a particular aspect of their work, for example: comments such as “I like the way you have…”
- Set time aside to do homework activities with young children and don’t leave homework until bedtime, as they will feel too tired. Make sure they have a suitable environment in which to work. It is best if they have no distractions.
- Ask your child to explain their task in terms of what they have to do and how they will do it. Suggest starting ideas and points, but avoid ‘doing’ the actual work.
Information about the New National Curriculum 2014
Click on the parent’s guides to find out about expectations in each year group.
It is important to remember that children do not all learn at the same pace, some children may be very good in certain areas, but need more practice and consolidation in others.