Expectations at Home

Advice for parents and carers looking after primary school children,

 released by the Department for Education and tailored for children at Osborne Primary School

 

 Realistic expectations of parents

  • No one expects parents to act as teachers, or to provide the activities and feedback that a school would. Parents and carers should do their best to help children and support their learning.
  • Children will feel more comfortable and learn better with a predictable routine to the day, even if this is difficult.

Structuring the day guidance says: ‘do not worry about trying to maintain a full routine for your child like they had at school.’

It recommends:

get up and go to bed at the same time each day;

have regular meal times;

have regular breaks;

make time to be active - children are used to regular play at lunch and break times.

 

Using digital devices

  • Recommends that parents ‘set appropriate parental controls on any devices your child is using and supervise their use of websites and apps’.
  • Recommends reducing screen time by:

using books and other printed materials that school has provided or that you have at home;

writing by hand – for example ‘Talk for Writing’ weekly ideas from school on the weekly home learning sheet from school, write a diary, a summary of things they have learned or done each day or ‘to do’ lists;

being active and get away from the screen regularly – see a selection of physical activity resources identified on the weekly home learning sheet from school; plus other physical activities on the school web site

stop using digital devices at least an hour before bed.

 

Reception, Y1 and Y2 - appropriate ways for you to work with your child:

sitting with them while they work and breaking down activities;

talking and explaining new words;

reading together and techniques for this on the weekly home learning sheet;

phonics on the weekly home learning sheet;

writing on the weekly home learning sheet;

numbers on the weekly home learning sheet;

  • PHSE (Personal, Social and Health Education) on the weekly home learning sheet;
  • Subject area on the weekly home learning sheet.

 

Reception only

  • Take photos of children completing activities or of their completed activity and placing on Tapestry.

 

Year Y3 - 6 - appropriate ways to work with your child:

encouraging independent work, including active and practical things; (some of these will be identified by teachers on the weekly home learning sheet.)

talking about what they have learned;

reading and asking questions about what they have read on the weekly home learning sheet from school;

writing on the weekly home learning sheet from school.

  • PHSE (Personal, Social and Health Education) on the weekly home learning sheet;
  • Subject area on the weekly home learning sheet.

 

Year 6 only

To prepare for going to secondary school this can be a good time for them to follow their own interests. For example, for:

  • history, by visiting the English Heritage website to explore England’s history
  • geography, by researching other countries
  • science, completing STEM activities set by school
  • art, by trying the activities on TATE Kids  

 

For children of all ages

Talking

Talk with your child throughout the day and try to explain new words. For example, discuss everything you are doing and pick out words that might be new to them.

 

Reading together

When you read with your child try to:

  • express the emotion in the story
  • give colour to the characters using voices, tone and pace
  • discuss the things you are reading

You can make a story more interesting and help your child develop their understanding of a book by linking what you are reading to their life. For example, while reading about Cinderella going to the ball, talk about how a ball is similar to a birthday party.

Ask your child questions about what you are reading as you go. For example:

  • ask some questions that only need a short answer, such as what colour something is, or the name of a character
  • ask some questions that need a longer answer, such as how a character is feeling
  • ask them to tell you what has happened in the story so far

 

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