Helping Your Child At Home
What new thing
can you do now?
What do you
think you did
that help you
Can you draw
what you did
Why did you
choose to do
it that way?
When you find
what helps you?
Do you have any queries, ideas, concerns or celebrations to share?
Do you need support with money, health, housing or emotional issues?
Are you concerned about something outside of school?
Do you want to tell us something about your child's health?
Do you want to talk about your child's learning?
Working with parents and carers at Shire Oak
Each child has specific Maths Passport targets to which they are working and these can be found on the target sheets previously sent home with each child. If you are unsure of these, please ask and we can send home new copies.
Children also have writing targets that they can also use to help with writing activities at home.
All children should have a book bag (if you would like a Shire Oak one, these are available to buy from reception) which should be brought into school and taken home each day so that all children can regularly practise these skills. We suggest that all children read to an adult four to five times every week for about ten minutes each time. For KS2 children, this can be supported by questions from the Reading Comprehension Bookmark. This might be a book from home, the local library, from the school reading scheme or from our school library. We will have a library session every week when children will choose two books to bring home. Please help your child to remember their library day. If your child is in Reception or KS1, this information about phonics may be useful.
Here is our Recommended Fiction Reading list.
Additionally each individual child has a password that allows access to both the Mathletics and Spellodrome websites
(see below). If your child has lost or cannot find their password, please let their class teacher know.If your child
is working with Helen Woodley, our Numbers Count teacher, you will be warmly invited to come and join in some of
their sessions and to look at their work, as well as to talk about ways to support your child at home.
At Shire Oak, we believe that accurate spelling is very important. In particular, we believe that it is important that children
call spell accurately when they are writing. We want children to be able to write the most effective words they can in every
situation - to get across their message, to persuade someone, to impress someone, to entertain someone, to communicate
We recommend that each child spends around 10 minutes each day practising their spellings. This time is best spent on activities that are fun and are related to their learning that week or term. If you would like to know more about how you can help your child with spelling, please speak to your child’s teacher. We want to help you as best we can. Useful Spelling websites include:
Here are some ideas from the Shire Oak Spelling Guide for Parents:
Your child's teacher(s) will always be happy to talk to you about things that you can do at home that will help your child's learning. Additionally, look out for the half termly homework leaflets that have information about both the long project and short tasks that have been set. (Years 1-6). These are also on the class pages, in the Pupil area.
If you are working with your child, or talking to them about their day at school, have you considered asking more open-ended questions? This can really encourage their thinking and evaluating skills...
We know that when school and home work closely together, children are happier and make good progress. Parents’ Evenings and other school events are a good chance to talk to us, but there are often other times that you may feel it is helpful to let us know something, ask us a question or have a conversation about your child’s learning or well-being.
Please arrange to see the teacher, by making an appointment via the office. You can also make the appointment directly at the start or the end of the day. Quick chats can often be held at the end of that day.
If your child needs to have medicine during the school day, please bring it to the school office. If your child has an illness or medical condition it is helpful, and sometimes vital, for us to know this. Please speak to Jane Hinchliffe or Jackie Vollans.
Please mention it to Jane Hinchliffe, our Family Support Worker. She is often in the playground in the morning before school or can be phoned during the day. The office can also pass on messages for her to contact you.
Again, Jane Hinchliffe is a good first port of call. She can help with applications to the Opportunities Fund, referrals to the Extended Services in our area and with other ways of helping like CAFs. If you are not sure whether you might be entitled to Free School Meals then Susan Koyuncu in the office is a good person to talk to.
The headteacher, Jane Astrid Devane, is always happy to talk to parents and carers. Feel free to catch her on the playground before or after school or ask at the office to speak to her. If she isn’t available right then an appointment can be made or message left to call you.
There are links to useful child-friendly sites on the Pupil pages (simply click on the relevant year group for your child), but here are some further links that offer ideas on how to help:
Ideas and pages to help support your childs' learning.
Maths games to choose according to year group and topic (login details available from the class teacher if they have been mislaid).
Reading/Spelling games to choose according to year group (login details available from the class teacher if they have been mislaid).