Tips For Parents
Ways to Help Your Child with Writing
Ideas you can implement at home to create a supportive environment that encourages writing development:
Emphasize your child’s successes. For every error your child makes, there are a dozen things done well. Resist the tendency to focus only on errors of spelling, punctuation, and other mechanical parts of writing.
Questions you can ask when your child brings writing home
About Purpose and Audience:
About Idea Development/Support:
Spellings are an important aspect of the curriculum. We follow the Spelling Shed scheme of work, this platform is used as a complete whole-school spelling solution as it covers 100% of the curriculum. We give weekly lists and activities to children and we also give them assignments which provide targeted practice, the children have access to online games and the children have a weekly whole-class spelling test . Most children are given 10 spellings per week. Children on provision maps/lower ability children may be given up to 5 spellings. An online record of spelling scores are kept and discussions with parents take place if children are getting low scores regularly. The Spelling Shed scheme also includes:
Spelling end of year expectations
We use the Accelerated Reading programme as our home reading book system. Accelerated Reading is a computer program that helps teachers manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. At the beginning of the school year and at the end of each half term children do an online STAR reading test. STAR Reading is a computer based reading assessment program that uses computer-adaptive technology. Questions continually adjust to the children’s responses. If the child’s response is correct, the difficulty level is increased. If the child cannot answer a question or answers incorrectly, the difficulty level is reduced. The test uses multiple-choice questions and takes approximately 20 minutes. The test then generates a report that indicates the child’s reading age and book level. From this test, children pick a book at their own level and reads it at their own pace. When finished, the child takes a short quiz on the computer - passing the quiz is an indication that the child has understood what has been read. AR gives both children and teachers feedback based on the quiz results which the teacher then uses to help the child set targets and ongoing reading practice. All children are expected to read with a parent or carer every night and are expected to quiz a minimum of twice a week.
KS1 question stems to help your child with comprehension
KS2 question stems to help your child with comprehension
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