Support for Parents
At Christ Church, we are committed to supporting you and your child through their primary learning journey. We understand that we all learn in different ways and that we all have strengths and areas of learning that we need to develop. We would like to invite you to look at some excellent websites that some of our parents have previously found very useful.
"Everyone needs to use maths every day. Children with good numeracy are more likely to stay in education, be in work as adults, and earn more money throughout life.
Helping your child feel confident about maths now gives them a head start."
1) http://www.nnparenttoolkit.org.uk/information-for-parents/- This website has practical information on how to support your child.
2) https://www.nnchallenge.org.uk/home/index.html?partner_code=parent-The Challenge Online is a confidential and friendly website that helps adults learn the maths needed for everyday life
Helping with maths homework
Homework supports what your child is learning in school, and is a great way for children to develop skills such as time management and self-discipline. But homework can also be a source of arguments and stress. With new methods of teaching, many parents dread being asked for help, and are worried about confusing rather than helping their children. Whatever your maths skills, you can still help your child with homework.
- If you don't know something, that's OK. Try and work out the problem together.
- Set aside some homework time - routines help. Find a quiet place for them to work, and take away distractions if possible.
- With younger children, you could even model homework time to do 'homework' yourself e.g. shopping list, checking your phone bill. Show them that you also use the skills they're learning.
- Rephrase the questions into things that your child likes e.g. sweets, cars.
- If they're doing well, praise them for the effort they've put in 'well done, you worked so hard!', rather than 'talent'. This helps children learn that their abilities can always grow as long as they work hard.
- When they get stuck, ask them to explain what they've done so far and what they're finding hard. Try and help them work out where they've gone wrong.
- If the homework is too hard let the teacher know.
- With older children, show interest but let them be more independent.
- Coming across a new method
- Explain that with maths there's often more than one way to solve problems. If you want to learn more about new methods:
- Ask your child to explain their understanding of the method - get them to teach you!
Questions to ask
- How does this connect to what else you're learning at school?
- What would you use this for in real life?
Remember: You don't have to be helping your child with homework to be helping them learn. It's developing a positive attitude with maths that will really help them long term.
Homework Tips taken from www.nnparenttoolkit.org.uk/