Useful Strategies to help your child at home in Maths and English

Assalamu alaikum,

here it is some notes from today’s workshop.

Jazakallahu kheir for taking part.

How parents and teachers’ efforts could be synchronised to enhance the child’s learning.

How to help your child with Maths

●Go through the Maths homework with your child to understand if there is any difficulty.

●Support your child to work independently.

●Help your child to split any work out in small steps using number bonds and partitioning instead of the vertical method.

●Widen your child’s general knowledge by making them notice the weight of the fruit you buy, the capacity of your milk bottles and so on.

●Encourage mental Maths.

●Encourage your child to explain which method he has chosen and why as well as to tell you how he worked the answer out in his mind. Ex. For 44+56, he might say, “I know that 4+6 = 10 (I used my number bonds) and 40 +50 is 90. Therefore, 90+10=100.”

●Help your child to learn his times tables by heart by sticking posters around at home or in their bedroom.

Useful websites:

●topmarks.co.uk

https://www.timestables.co.uk/ (Times tables, speed tests, Times Tables memory Tests etc.) . Children will be given regular times tables sheets to practise at home and to be tested in school.

●For Further information, read Multiplication tables check assessment framework in https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/multiplication-tables-check-assessment-framework

●Encourage your child to talk about their mathematical thoughts and explain things.

●Bring your child shopping with you, give them coins to count up to £5. ●Encourage your child to use a number line to visualise number order. ●Tell your child number stories. (ex. Abdullah went to the tuck shop to buy three lollipops for his friends. Each lollipop costs 75p. How much do they cost altogether?)

About ‘Big Maths, Beat That!’ It is an assessment tool that allows teachers to see exactly what their children know and what they don’t know yet.

It provides children with a fun and motivational way to track their own progress in Times Tables and set their own targets.

It involves quick and easy tests that children typically complete once a week alongside with their homework.

The children are constantly challenged to increase their own score (literally…”Beat That!”, where ‘that’ is their best ever score) and the teachers’ role in up-levelling each child is at the heart of teaching through this scheme.

The test they will have at home will have to be carefully timed (60 seconds!)

Unlike in Year 2, there will not be addition facts since the focus is on the x3, x4, x8 and later on x9 tables

How to help your child with writing at home

●Regular reading is a stepping stone to better writing and helps kids’ strengthen their fluency, understanding and spelling skills. It helps expand children’s vocabulary and shows them different ways of using words. This also makes it easier for them to use these words in their own writing.

●Play games and activities that encourage writing. Crossword puzzles and word games are great for everyone.

●Writing letters and postcards is a bit of a lost art. Encourage your child to write letters and postcards to friends or family members.

●Pen-pals (faraway cousins would do) are also a fun idea, or you can even write letters to each other and leave them around the house to find! ●Keeping a journal or a diary is a great way to express thoughts and ideas while also working on improving children’s writing skills. Make it a part of his or her daily routine.

●Create a special evocative writing space. Set aside a little corner in your house that is completely devoted to writing. Having an area dedicated solely to writing will help free your child from distractions so they can focus on practising writing skills.

●Create an inspirational box with inside bookmarks, cut outs from books, descriptions of characters from books your child has read, descriptions of settings and story prompts.

●A fun way to improve your child’s creative writing skills is to have them write short mystery/adventure stories. In order to do this, you could cut out inspirational pictures from magazines with different characters or locations, or write down different words and writing prompts for creating a unique story.

●Last but not least, encourage your child to do their homework by themselves by planning their task accurately and taking time to edit and copy it in fine handwriting.