We follow the letters and sounds scheme to teach phonics and we use rhymes to help the children remember them.
When we teach phonics, we teach the children to say the sounds clearly as this helps them to blend the sounds into words.
Help your child with their reading
There is some great advice on this website of how to help your child and activities for you to try.
Fun ideas for reading from Oxford Owl http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/welcome-back/for-home/reading-owl/fun-ideas
The new National Curriculum includes a list of words children are expected to spell in different year groups. Click on the link to see the words your child is expected to be able to spell:
Helpful homework habits include...
- working out the best time (not always the most immediate) to complete homework;
- gathering all relevant equipment and materials before beginning;
- finding a quiet, comfortable environment, away from distractions;
- reading and following instructions carefully, checking anything confusing with an adult or the teacher;
- presenting work as it is done in the classroom, avoiding any confusion over place value or strategies;
- checking through carefully upon completion of work.
The 100 square is a visual tool to help children in a variety of ways:
- Place Value: the 100 square clearly shows the pattern of where the tens rows are and where the units columns are.
- +1/-1: using the 100 square to jump right/left one space to add/subtract 1.
- +10/-10: Using the 100 square to jump up or down one space encourages mathematicians to stop adding/ subtracting in 10 single units.
- +9: Jump down one space (+10), then left one space (-1) = easy strategy for adding 9;
- +11: Jump down one space (+10), then right one space (+1) = easy strategy for adding 11;
- -9: Jump up one space (-10), then left one space (+1) = -9
- -11: Jump up one space (-10), then right one space (-1)= -11.
- The variations are now endless: +20 (jump down 2 squares), -40 (jump up 4 squares), + 19
Games & Activities to Use at Home
There are a number of helpful props that will provide opportunities for talking about maths at home. This process alone helps enormously when it comes to understanding some of the concepts that are taught in school. These include...
- A prominent clock
- A traditional calendar
- Board games involving dice or spinners
- A pack of traditional playing cards
- A calculator
- Measuring jugs with scales
- Dried beans, pasta shapes and Smarties – good for sharing and creating arrays
- A tape measure or ruler
- A bar of chocolate – great for discussing fractions!
- Fridge magnet numbers, letters and symbols
- Weighing scales
- A dartboard
- Guess Who? – perfect for dividing things into categories, or for thinking about probability
- An indoor or outdoor thermometer