What can I do to help my child?
There are lots of things you can do at home if your child needs extra help with their school work.
Your involvement can make a big difference. Taking an interest in your child's work - praise any achievements, but don't push them too hard.
Other things you can do include:
- Read a book or watch TV together. Talk about what you've read or watched.
- Help with homework. Help them to plan when to do their homework as well as with the actual work. This will help to avoid last-minute panic.
- Play games together. Scrabble, snakes and ladders and card games all help with letter and number skills.
- Encourage your child to follow special interests - becoming an 'expert' in something will give your child a sense of self-esteem and achievement. It might be football, another sport, animal-related or computing. The subject doesn't matter as much as being knowledgeable about something, and feeling recognised for that.
- Create a checklist to help your child get organised, this enables them to remember what to bring each day to school; gives them the responsibility.
- If you know particular ways of learning which work for your child, tell their teacher. If you are unsure of the ways we teach children to learn come in and ask us to show you how.
Make sure you talk to the school if you are worried about anything; as a school we always listen and respond to parents or carers.
Remember that you know your child best!