Helping Your Child With Reading
The following points are to support you when reading at home with your child. Regular, daily reading is the key to reading success. Two or three of these sessions could be your child reading silently to him/herself followed by a discussion about the book. The other days could be an opportunity for your child to read aloud. Please sign your child’s reading record each time they have read recording the pages covered.
The amount of time children spend reading will vary. Be encouraging and guided by your child’s interest. These guidelines may help you develop reading further:
- Make sure you are relaxed and comfortable during the reading session.
- Encourage your child to read with expression.
- Your child should be able to read approximately 9 out of every 10 words in the book, less than this and the book may be too difficult.
- Discuss the meaning of difficult or usual words and encourage your child to use these new words in sentences when talking to you. Discuss their meaning in context and other ways of using them, as well as other words that mean the same.
- Ask questions about the characters, the plot, the ending of the book and whether your child enjoyed it. If your child is not enjoying a story, stop reading it and ask them to change the book.
- Encourage talk about favourite authors and illustrators, giving reasons for their choices. Look on websites to see what books are suggested as ideal for people who like certain books. Suggest books that you loved when you were young, or books that they have seen the film of
- Try and make sure that your child reads a range of different books, not always stories, and not always the same type of stories.
- Model the reading process yourself by having your own book to read.
- Give lots of praise and encouragement.
- Keep up a regular dialogue with your child’s teacher through the home/school reading diary.
- Read to them: there are books that will be beyond their comfortable reading speed that will come alive more, or books that cover difficult issues that they will understand more with you reading to them.
Homework – a general note
Homework is often quite an onerous task for children and parents. How many of us, really, want to be working when we have come home from work for the day? In answer to the question many of you will inevitably as at parents’ evening: ‘Yes, most Y6 children are a nightmare with homework’
None of the work given to your children should be too hard for them – and do say so if it is – so they can’t use that excuse too often.
Please ensure the children work neatly in their homework books and take pride in what they produce, also sticking in any sheets.
I want to use homework this year to consolidate basics such as vocabulary, spelling, grammar, punctuation and spelling in English, and different calculation methods in maths. On top of this, I like to use homework to prepare the children for what is to come (e.g reading newspapers before we write about them, trying to understand certain concepts about fractions before I have to teach a unit on them)
Occasionally there will be a more creative homework for us to use in display, as well as ‘teach/ask someone at home’ homework.
In order to consolidate work going on in class and help prepare the children for the routines and regimes of secondary school, they will be given regular but manageable amounts of homework. Homework should not be taking much more than two hours over the course of the week. They will be given a homework book that I encourage you to look at. As well as being the book the children work in, this should also be used to write comments and notes as a form of home-school communication. Please tell me by writing in this book if your child is finding work they do at home far too difficult or far too easy, and if you need any tips on helping your child with the homework. There are some weird and wonderful methods that I will endeavour to explain to you, if you wish!
Generally, homework will be given in a weekly block on Fridays to be completed for Tuesdays (or preferably earlier!), although there may be additional smaller items given as and when necessary, particularly if children do not finish their work in class. (On top of this is the BIG WRITE Talk Homework that will often be given overnight and on different evenings through the year)
It is recommended not to leave the bulk (or indeed any) of the homework to Monday night. Please feel free to help your child with their homework, although I do need to see what they are capable of independently. If they are confused or stuck, they can clarify what needs to be done before leaving on Friday or on Monday about the work set. They need to use this time rather than say ‘I couldn’t do it’ when they are handing the work in. However most of the work will be revision or research that they can work on alone.
Children will bring home their spelling book on a Monday, which they will have worked on in a specific spelling lesson in school. Ideally, they will learn the rules and exceptions that help them spell the focus words and others similar to them. To help this, children will also bring home a set task relating to their weekly spellings. Homework and spellings needs to be completed by Friday, and their spelling book returned to school. They are tested on Friday with the children writing sentences containing the words which will be dictated to them.
This is the spelling glossary. It covers every year group: Year Six have to be able to do the lot!
But you can scroll right to the end to see what will be specifically taught in Y5/6.
Young Voices songs and dances will need to be learned for our concert in January. The Children’s Music Room will be opening soon to help you practise!