How can I help at home?
There are lots of ways that you can help at home.
We recommend that children read 5 times a week and this should be recorded in their reading record. Children will receive a prize for each 15 days that they read at home. It is important that you ask your children questions about the book too as this will develop their comprehension skills. Most guided reading books contain questions at the front/back to help you out.
Phonics plays a big part for children in Year 1. There are lots of phonic websites and games that your child would benefit from using on a regular basis at home. It is important for children to not only know sounds in each phase but to also recognise them when reading and apply when they are writing.
Children learn to count in 2's, 5's and 10's in Year 1, providing children with fun ways to practice these would be beneficial, for example counting whilst walking up the stairs. Learning number bonds and recognising numbers up to 100 would also benefit your child. It is also useful if your child has experience in handling money, counting and finding change. Allow children to have a go at everything, if they are struggling please help them to work out the answers rather than just telling them the answers.