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Home Learning Support - Help! 

All children find some pieces of learning difficult at some times. 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 specific page for supporting these children

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

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

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, you can do this too if necessary 

  • we have recently sent out reports and held parental consultations so you have been told about your child’s learning, seen the work they produce in school and have been given their next steps .

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

  • your child usually very proudly shows you what they can do. Ask them 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.

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..'

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