Help Your Child
How can you support your child’s learning?
You can use the guides on this page to support your child to learn more at home. Don’t forget to read the other sections here, especially Homework (with activities that provide an opportunity to participate in your child’s learning) and Reading, Writing, Maths (where you’ll find a description of the different levels your child may be working at with some skills and activities that will support the next steps).
Probably the easiest way to help your child is to read each day.
Parents / carers often say they are less confident about supporting their child with Maths. The first rule is don’t suggest that Maths is less important than Literacy! Mental calculations, estimating, measuring and telling the time are important skills we use every day. Beware of saying in front of your child that you weren’t good at Maths at school – children might perceive this as you saying it’s OK to have these low expectations.
Instead, have a look at our Mental Calculation Strategies guide which outlines useful techniques that people use to calculate in their head. Addition and subtraction uses some similar strategies, so they’re colour coded and next to each other (number bonds, for example). It’s the same for multiplication and division (doubling and halving, for example). If you’re not sure, please ask a teacher in school.
Mental Calculations Expectations provides a useful guide to what mental skills your child should be practising both at home and school. Again, do ask if you’re unsure.
We know that parents/carers are unsure about the calculation methods we teach children for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. To help you support your child have a look at our calculation policy which models the methods we use. Please don’t confuse your child by showing them a different method to the one they learn at school. Each year, we invite parents/carers to come into school to see the calculation methods being modelled by pupils as part of our maths week. You can also sit in a maths lesson.