How to help your child at home

Date: 1st May 2019 @ 9:22pm

Following a number of requests for how to support children with their learning at home, here a few top tips for helping your child at home during their learning journey through KS2:


Below are some tips for supporting your child with their reading. Please ensure you write a short comment in your child’s reading record book each time you hear them read.

Make reading a time of pleasure for you both.

Sharing a book at bedtime allows them to learn the importance of putting expression into their reading and is a great time for all to relax.

Encourage your child to read daily, as little and often is best.

Allow your child to experience a variety of texts – magazines, books, comics, poems, information books and instructional books e.g. How to draw.

Read books that your child loves.

Encourage your child to talk about the story –What happens next? Which was your favourite part?

Keep reading to the children even after they’ve learnt to read independently.

Ensure that your child understands the meaning - it’s not just about reading the words.


Write a set of instructions for making a sandwich using these words to help you order your sentences -

First, Next, Then, after that, Finally

Read your favourite book and write a book review.

Write an account for what you did over the weekend.

Write a list of sentences and extend them using connectives but, because, and, so that. e.g. The boy went to the park because he wanted to play on the swings.

Can you think of an alliterative sentence, using words with the same sound at the beginning e.g. Billy bounced on a big blue ball in his back garden.

How many words can you think of that have the same meaning? look, stare, glance, peek, glimpse. The children could use a thesaurus to help them.


Have a go at telling the time. Do you know what time you go to bed?

Write a sequence of numbers. Can you work out which numbers would come next?

2, 4, 6, 8, 10, …., …..

10, 20, 30, 40, 50, …, ….

10, 9, 8, 7, 6, …, ….

Write the numbers 0 to 20 on a sheet of paper. (You can use bigger numbers as your child gets more confident) Ask your child secretly to choose a number on the paper. Then ask some questions to find out what the secret number is, e.g.

Is it less than 10?

Is it between 10 and 20?

Does it have a 5 in it?

Practise ordering a set of coins? Which is the smallest/largest amount? If you walk into a shop with a 20p coin and buy a toy for 13p, how much change do you get?  (Use increasingly higher amounts as your child gets more confident).

Practise measuring different objects around the house, using a ruler or a tape measure. Which objects are the longest? Can they calculate the area/perimeter of a room? Can they predict the weight of cans of food in the kitchen cupboards? Can they predict/measure quantities of liquids?

Useful Websites:     

You'll find all sorts of maths content here, all presented as engaging games and challenges.

Another collection of games and activities across the full range of curriculum content, mostly appropriate to our KS2 pupils.

Mrs Brown and the KS2 Team

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