Home learning support
Support with reading
Little and often is the best strategy to use with reading. Spending quality time on a few pages is as beneficial as reading a whole book. Children can gain a lot by reading books through more than once; the first time they are usually concentrating hard on decoding the text so a second read through helps to develop their comprehension and understanding. A third read can give the child an opportunity to develop their fluency and expression.
Want some help selecting the right books?
Click on the link below to guide you to some top reads recommended for each year group. Please remember though, that as a school we have most of these books within the library. Also you can order any children's book for free from Southwick Library - you don't have to buy them!Recommended Top Reads For Children
Support with maths
Click on the names below to link to maths resources, activities, games and puzzles:
- TOP MARKS
- OXFORD OWL
- BBC BITESIZE
- PRIMARY GAMES
- CRICK WEB
- FUN BRAIN
- ICT GAMES
- MATH PLAYGROUND
- COOL MATH 4 KIDS
- SNAPPY MATHS
- MATHS FRAME
- MATHS EVERYDAY
- SOLVE MOJI
- KHANACADEMY - contains useful step-by-step videos
- FAMILY MATHS TOOLKIT
- CONKER MATHS
Encouraging your child to do their home learning
Making home learning tasks a positive and enjoyable experience is really important. Here are a few tips to help encourage your child to enjoy home learning
- Being positive: showing interest in what they are doing, asking questions and being enthusiastic about their learning, will likely rub off and impact their own attitude
- Have regular homework time: This can stop home learning being a battle and instead it just becomes part of the timetable of family life. Every child is unique; some like to get it out the way, some like a break from school first and so on. It is worth having a look at when your child seems to have some energy and what days you have less after school activities.
- Super Snacks: A filled water bottle and little pre-home learning snacks will really help. A piece of fruit for example will give them an energy lift and help them focus. A little outdoor play may also be a good idea before they settle to complete their work.
- A defined space: A defined space to work at is really important. Some children need supervision and some need a quiet space. Finding what works for your child and keeping it consistent will help them settle into a routine. Making sure their space is clear and ready for them to work at will help them get focused.
- Equipment: Ensuring you have pencils, pens, rubbers and rulers ready is going to be really useful to make sure they can begin their home learning straight away
- Incentives: Having something to look forward to after completing their work can really work wonders! A trip to the park, a story or even a board game can all help your child keep on track
It is useful to set up good habits around homework now so that these are well established before secondary school and daily homework begins.