Supporting your childs learning

Reading

Research shows that the most important thing you can do to help your child achieve at school is read with them. Little and often is the key!

There are three things that your child needs to learn to do:

1) Decode words
2) Understand what they have read
3) Enjoy it!

Reading with your child should be enjoyable. The more fun you have, the more likely you are to instill a love of reading. Encourage discussion with your child when reading with them. They will probably ask you some interesting questions, so don't be afraid to stop reading and explore these further.

Here are some tips for engaging reluctant readers:

- Listen to audiobooks to get them interested in stories
- Show them that you love reading too. Visit the library together and choose some books for you and for them.
- Go for something that you know will engage your child. Perhaps they are really into wildlife, so a non-fiction book may be a good place to start.
- Ensure your child can easily access books in your home. Have shelves at child height and books in each room.

This link from Springboard has many more ideas for how to make reading as enjoyable as possible. http://www.springboard.org.uk/data/files/Parents/parents-little-guide.pdf

The Oxford Owl website has 250 free, tablet-friendly e-books for you to access at home. http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home

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Homework

At Weston Primary, we believe that home learning should be enjoyable, collaborative, interesting and challenging. Home learning should not be stressful or onerous and should not lead to conflict between children and parents. Each child has a homework learning journal which they will bring home every Wednesday, and should be returned on a Monday.

Home learning may be an extension of school learning, but may also involve activities that are not prescribed by the school, such as visiting a museum or reading a book from home. At Weston, we believe that it is also important that children have time after school to play and socialize.

Reading

• We believe that a rich dialogue between teacher and parents about reading is important to help children make good progress.
• We encourage all children to read at home on a daily basis. This may be alone or with an adult/sibling.
• We expect the adults at home to play an active part in promoting reading for pleasure.
• Each child has a reading record. We expect a weekly comment from the teacher and from parents/carers about the reading progress made and any next steps.

We believe it is important that children experience a range of reading material, including e-books, magazines etc.

Spelling

Some children will have a Spellings which will come home in their book bag.  Your child should spend time learning these at home; little and often is the key!

Maths

Maths Home Learning is done through a variety of tasks and challenges. Some are very open ended, giving you the opportunity to complete them in a variety of fun ways.

Topic

There will be points throughout the year when the children will be set a Topic Project. The children will have a choice of tasks, but they may wish to go with their own interests. The Topic Task instructions will be given out at the start of the half term. The children will have half a term to complete their projects. At the end of the half term, the children will bring their projects to school for our homework celebration assembly, where each class will have their projects displayed in the hall for the parents to view.

Contact Us

Telephone: 01928 574544

Email: head.weston@halton.gov.uk


Headteacher: Ros Atkins

Weston Primary School,

Lambsickle Lane, Runcorn,

Cheshire WA7 4RA