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Home Learning Support - Help! 

All children find some pieces of learning difficult at some times. This page is to help all of your support your children with tricky pieces of learning.

Please remember that as teachers we want to help all our families and children in the difficult you can always contact school and  ask a teacher.  

If your child has SEN/ Additional Needs please go to the link below for supporting these children

General Advice on how to help children who are finding a piece of learning difficult


Stop if a  session is not going well you can try again later, maybe in a different way. Allowing a child to feel confusion and frustration can result in a reluctance to try and poor self confidence.

Be encouraging. Praise your child when they are trying their best, and focus your praise 'It was really good when you..'


In school we support individuals in the following ways, you can try some or all of these at home

  • Shortening instructions

  • Going through the task with the child first so that they know how to do it

  • Providing examples for the child to follow

  • Breaking the task into shorter tasks for example drawing boxes for children to write one sound at time, counting on our fingers the number of sounds in a word, counting on our fingers the number of words in a sentence .

  • Providing practical materials to help the child objects to count, phonics mats, or just the sounds written down) , tricky word mats for the children to find the tricky word

In school we always start from what the child already knows

  • your daily reading with your child gives you a very good idea of the sounds and words they can already read.

  • Ask tyour child some questions and make the challenge of showing you fun –

    • How far can you keep counting? Children love counting ‘all the way to the end’

    • Take an object you have got lots of (raisins, pennies, lego bricks) and ask the children to count them … they may need to touch the objects to help them count carefully.

    • Use the phonics mats (available in the downloads of our Home Learning Support Page) - start on mat 1 and with the lower case letters – and ask the children to say the sound and then find something in the room that starts with the sound.

    • Based on your child’s age and what you already know about what they can do, either ask them to write their name, or maybe a simple sentence about a book or TV programme or something you have done together- look at mistakes they make. Things to look out for are

letter shapes,

how they hold their pencil,

finger spaces,

capital letters,

‘sound talking’ words,

writing tricky words like the, to, was, me, they, are, have


Once you know what your child can do then each piece of learning you do with them should include what they can already do and only add one new letter or word or number or skill.


Help your child learn to check their own work.  Reading work out loud – this can help to identify errors that your child might miss when they read silently.


Supporting Children with Additional Needs

Some children find learning difficult more frequently, these difficulties can be for a range of reasons, in school we often talk about these children having additional, or special, needs.

If your child has additional needs please go to the link below for supporting these children

Please remember that as teachers we want to help all our families and children in the difficult you can always ask a teacher . We will still be avaiable in your community.

Site Page Link Icon Supporting Children with Additional Needs - specific advice for parents

Early Help Hub

The Early Help Hub coordinates additional support for children and families in Cornwall. Parents and professionals are allowed to make contact.

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