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Supporting your children with their learning at home

Oral Language

Ideas to improve conversational skills and develop oral language foundation:
1. Try not to use too many questions. Instead, try and make statements and see if they can join in, e.g. “I went shopping today and you went…”
2. Encourage your child to ask you questions: Ask directly, e.g. “Ask Mummy, what did you do today?” Encourage follow-up questions, e.g. “I went shopping today. What can you ask me?” What did you…?”
3. If your child has poor eye contact, remind them that they must look at your eyes when you are talking. Keep reminding them by saying, “Eyes,” or “Looking.”
4. Use a home / school diary. This will give you and your child a visual representation (to help aid their memory and recall) of what has happened during the day.

Links to useful interactive websites

Here are some great websites, which will support your child with their learning at home.
www.FunBrain.com (great website for reading, writing and mathematics at all Year levels)
www.starfall.com (a great website for learning the alphabet, word families, and then ‘It’s Fun to Read’ is useful for children reading from Orange onwards)
www.sunshineonline.co.nz (Reading for emergent, early and fluent readers) 
www.amblesideprimary.com/ambleweb/mentalmaths/countersquare.html (an interactive hundreds board which is useful for learning to skip counter and work with numbers to 100)
http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/mathgames/placevalue/value.htm (a really useful website for strengthening children’s understanding of place value)
http://www.topmarks.co.uk/place-value/place-value-charts (another useful website for developing place
value knowledge)
http://www.novelgames.com/en/spgames/mathlines/ (a useful website for helping children learn their number bonds to 10)
http://www.mathplayground.com/number_bonds_30.html (another useful website for learning number bonds to 30)
http://www.prototec.co.nz/maths.html (a really useful website, without all the bells and whistles, to support children with learning their basic facts, especially number unknown e.g. 6 + ? = 10)
http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button (a great site to visit for learning the multiplication and division basic facts) (a spelling game, like Boggle)