Help your child at home
HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT YOUR CHILD AT HOME
At the start of every school year you are invited to an information session with your child’s class teacher where ideas will be shared. Your child will also be given homework. The most important way you can help your child is to show an interest in what they do at school, ensure they attend regularly, eat a nutritious breakfast and get plenty of sleep.
You can really help your child by talking to them about what they have done at school but some children are more forthcoming than others. On the second page of the newsletter each week there is a brief summary of some of each classes learning for the coming week.
To help you support your child, our class pages have an overview of what your child will be learning each term as well as ideas to help specific to their class and topics.
We hold workshops throughout the year, sometimes by ages of children, where teachers tell you how we teach Maths and English.
LEARNING HABITS - WHAT MAKES A GOOD LEARNER?
At Warren Dell we know there are lots of ingredients to success and effective learning. We are developing a set of habits that we know are important for good learning. Adopting these habits will help the children to maximise their learning potential not just at Warren Dell but for life. Each habit has a character, created by the children, who is good at using that habit.
Our learning habits are:
Bouncing back when things don’t go well, sticking at it, not allowing little challenges to defeat us, regarding mistakes as a positive & opportunity to learn.
Asking questions, being curious, finding out things, getting involved and answering questions.
Take responsibility for our own learning, know what our targets are, and be able to tell someone what our next steps in learning are to make progress.
Able to work alone, able to make sensible decisions about what to do, knowing when to ask for help and when to try for ourselves.
At Warren Dell we use Monster Phonics. The following link provides information on how to support your children at home:
These resources are available from www.twinkl.co.uk which offer a free subcription:
Oxford Owl also offer a range of resources and an 'Expert Help' area.
HELPING YOUR CHILD WITH MATHEMATICS AT HOME
There are many ways you can help your child at home with Maths in everyday situations.
Please find below information and links to help you support your child/ren with mathematics at home
DIGIT AND NUMBER FORMATION
It is essential that children learn to form their digits and numbers correctly as early as possible. To do this without confusion we all use the same formation rhymes to help children remember how to write numbers, which we got from this excellent website. You can find these below.
THE MULTIPLICATION CHECK
In Year 4 there is a statutory Multiplication Check to ensure learners have the quick recall of mathematical facts needed to access maths in school and later life. To prepare children for this we have a subscription to Times Table Rockstars (please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you cannot find your log in) which is a game to help children to prepare. This can be accessed on any smartphone, tablet or computer. Please help your child to practise at home, and if you cannot please let your child's class teacher know so that we can support them in school.
To help secure addition facts in younger year groups, as per the Ofsted Mathematics Review 2023, there are also log ins provided for Numbots, to help learners in EYFS (Nursery and Reception) and Key Stage 1 (Years 1&2). Again, this can be accessed on any smartphone, tablet or computer, and if this is not possible please let us know so we can support your child in school.
Please find below the times tables your children will be taught in each year group. This starts from Year 1, to give learners as much time as possible to secure fluency.
In order to become confident mathematicians, at Warren Dell we encourage children to practise using the subject specific vocabulary for maths. Please find attached a link to the vocabulary they are taught in each year group
In each year group we help children understand the number system and to become confident in making a range of accurate calculations. Please find below our calculation strategy, which may be helpful when supporting your children at home.
TV, GAMES AND WEBSITES
The following links are for free (at time of writing) games, TV shows and apps that can help support your child practise mathematical facts and develop their thinking at home.
TV for younger children
Numberblocks Numberblocks - YouTube
BBC Bitesize Maths - BBC Bitesize
Worked examples TV
The Khan Academy Khan Academy | Free Online Courses, Lessons & Practice
ICT Games ictgames || html5 Home Page
Maths is Fun Math is Fun (mathsisfun.com)
White Rose (some free content)
Khan Academy Kids
Times Table Rock Stars (use username from school for free access)
Numbots (use username from school for free access)
These websites also have a wealth of resources to help your child at home:
EVERY DAY ACTIVITIES TO HELP
Children need lots of experiences in making, counting, drawing and talking about numbers. Make connections for your child by explaining how numbers and counting are a part of everyday life. The activities below will help your child develop these skills.