How You Can Help

Parents are always welcome in school but it is advisable to telephone school in advance and make an appointment to ensure that the Headteacher or Class teacher can be free at a particular time.

We are also very happy to take advantage of parents’ help in school, e.g. baking with small groups of children; helping in the library; displaying children’s work etc.  Some parents help us regularly one day per week, others help us at busy times e.g. School trips; Christmas plays etc.   CRB Clearance is now required for all in-school help and everyone understands this new part of the process. Please do all you can to take an interest in your child’s learning and progress! Many thanks.

How to help your child become a better reader.
We believe that reading is the key to successful learning in all areas of the curriculum. Our aim is for children to be able to read for information and pleasure.

To encourage children to become independent readers, we use a range of activities and pupils receive individual, small and class group teaching. We would also really appreciate your cooperation and support in encouraging your child to become a better reader.

The following gives some practical ideas and explains how you can help your child at home.

How children learn to read
Learning to read is like trying to crack a code. Children should be encouraged to look for different clues to help them understand what they are reading. Learning individual words is important, but they are really aiming to work out the full message.

How can you help?
When you hear your child read encourage them to use the following strategies to work unfamiliar words out:

Pictures                                 Meaning of the text

Word knowledge                   Sound words out

It is important not to confuse your child so concentrate on developing a few skills at a time. Remind them to use them if necessary. Remember your child will already use some of the skills mentioned.

Reading Workshops
Look out for details of reading workshops for parents who wish to find out more about how to support your child with their reading.

Reading Practice
The aim is to make reading an enjoyable experience, but consistency is essential if progress is to be made. Try to:

  • Practise regularly
  • Use a comfortable and quiet space
  • Make it fun and interesting

Confidence and motivation
These can be developed through:

  • Re – reading familiar books
  • Listening to adults reading aloud
  • Lots of praise

Things to do
Talk about books and pictures

  • Explain what the book is about
  • Ask the child questions
  • Encourage the child to use expression in their voice as they read
  • Help with tricky words
  • Make a game out of common words used in reading.

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