Helping your child at home
ERW has team of dedicated staff who support teachers across the region and develop resources for use in the classroom. All of the resources are available for teachers via Hwb networks and teachers are also able to update their own resources to share in order that all pupils across ERW can benefit from them
As parents and carers, there are a number of things you can do to support your child at every stage of their school journey to ensure that they fulfil their potential. These include:
- Encourage your child to tell you about their school day and explain what they have learnt. Ask them lots of questions and don’t give up; if you persist they will give you something to work with.
- Try not to correct any errors in their work immediately. It will be much better if they are encouraged to recognise these themselves.
- Use meal times as discussion times. Even a simple routine where everyone has to say something about their day can be useful in developing language and social skills.
- ‘Digital Darkness’. Of course they will hate it if you limit their time on their favourite gadget but certain times need to be set aside for good old fashioned communication. (That does mean the adult not sending a text or looking at social media during this time!)
- Research the topics, read the books, have a go yourself! This will help you really understand what your child is going through and you will be able to support them and even struggle with them.
- Watch the news, discuss current affairs and develop a sense of global citizenship.
- Encourage your child to do research projects, additional reading – an ideal opportunity to use technology effectively.
- Get them to describe what they are doing. Most computer games are very complicated and most children have an amazing understanding of them. Develop their language skills by encouraging them to talk you through the process.
The following websites and resources will also be of use to you:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/education (Foundation Phase/KS2/KS3/KS4)