Supporting Your Child's Learning
There are many ways in which you can support and encourage your child to do well at school.
- Read bedtime stories to your child as often as possible. Talk about the pictures and the stories with your child.
- Limit the amount of time your child watches television. Research has shown that children who watch a lot of T.V. have a less development vocabulary and do less well at school later on.
- Make sure your child follows a healthy and varied diet. This should be low in sugar, but have plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.
- Make sure your child gets enough sleep. Every child has different needs, but generally children under 5 need at least 12 hours a night.
- Support your child with their homework. If you are unsure about a task yourself, please do not hesitate to ask for help at school. We are currently in the process of organising courses for parents to be held in our toy-library. In addition, we hold regular informative meetings for parents.
- Make sure your child continues to eat a healthy diet. If your child takes a packed lunch to school, ensure it contains appropriate food, such as sandwiches, yoghurt and fruit. Please not NOT give then chocolate, crisps, biscuits or cakes.
- Walk to school if possible; ensure your child gets regular exercise. We offer plenty of lunchtime and after school sports clubs at Smithy Street.
- Make sure your child attends school every day, unless they are unwell. Shopping trips, trips to the airport, or translating for family members during doctor visits are NOT authorised absences. Please note we can never authorise family holidays outside term- time. If you do decide to take your child out on extended leave, you are unfortunately at risk of losing your child’s place at school, as it may be offered to a child on the waiting list.
- Every half term the class with the best attendance in the school gets a reward of a class movie session
with popcorn and a choice of film
- Children with 100% in a school year are rewarded with a special event - in recent this years this has been
a pizza party or park trip.
- Continue to make sure your child gets enough sleep. Children up to 10 years may still need up to 10 hours sleep at night.
- Make sure your child is dressed appropriately for school, this includes warm coats in the winter and suitable footwear. Sandals and high heels are a health hazard, as is any type of jewellery. Your child may be asked to remove jewellery for this reason.
- Limit the amount of time your child watches television or uses a Playstation/ game computer. Again, research has shown that children who use these excessively, do less well at school.