Useful tips for helping your child in maths
When faced with a calculation problem, encourage your child to ask...
- Can I do this in my head?
- Could I do this in my head using drawings or jottings to help me?
- Do I need to use a written method?
Also help your child to estimate and then check the answer. Encourage them to ask...
Is the answer sensible?
- Spotting properties of bus and car number plates
- Going shopping - adding together the total/counting change etc.
- Telling the time - how long until...? What time will we arrive if journey is 2 1/2 hrs long?
- Recipes - ask the child to halve or double it/weighing out the ingredients
- Playing games - Scrabble/Monopoly/Pontoon etc
- Reading bus/train timetables
- Reading the TV guide
Ideas for encouraging your child to write at home
Read, read, read! - The best activity to improve writing is reading. If your child reads good books, they will be a better writer. Reading exposes children to general vocabulary, word study and content-specific vocabulary. Through reading, children see a variety of authors' techniques that they can use in their own writing.
Encourage your child to keep a reflective journal - Encourage your child to write about things that happen at home and school. This reflective journal can be used to develop the "senses" of writing. Have your child write about what they saw, heard or felt on a trip or adventure. Encourage your child to write about personal feelings - pleasures as well as disappointments. When reading your child's journal (only if your child invites you to, of course), share your own feelings and ideas paired with positive feedback about your child's writing.
Provide authentic writing opportunities for your child - Have your child write their own thank-you notes, party invitations and letters to family. Let your child make the grocery list. Finding a pen pal for your child would make writing "real". Helping children make the connection between writing and the "real" world will increase an interest in writing.
Be a writing role model - Make sure your child sees you as a writer. Point out times that you use writing to communicate with others. Discuss authentic writing in the community such as articles and letters in the newspaper, on billboards or in written advertisements. Discuss the purpose of the writing and the target audience. When your child writes, you should write. You can schedule a day of the week that you will turn off the television and share your writing.
Start a vocabulary notebook - Teach your child new words each week and encourage then to use them. Make it into a game and give points for using the new words. Your child can keep a vocabulary notebook and get rewarded for the number of new words learned. The words will begin to appear like magic in their oral language and writing.
Ask questions - Always ask your child questions when they write. Ask specific questions about your child's writing such as: "How did that happen?" "How did that make you feel?" "Can you tell me more about that...?" "What are some other words you could use to describe...?"
Year 3 Homework expectations
- Reading independently or to an adult should be completed daily and diary signed at least twice a week.
- Written maths homework should be completed in pencil
- Weekly spellings should be practised daily at home - we do reinforce them during our handwriting sessions
- Homework is given on a Monday and must be handed in by the Friday - any incomplete work will be sent home or completed during Friday lunchtime.
- Incorrect answers are highlighted red and the children are encouraged to 'have another go' as frequently it is due to them rushing their work rather than not understanding