Helping Your Child at Home
Here at Millennium, there are always opportunities for parents and carers to be involved in their child’s learning. From reading and maths to singing and dancing, there is guaranteed to be something for everyone!
Reading at home
At Millennium Primary School each child is expected to read at home daily, whether that is to an adult (for developing readers) or independently (for fluent readers).
Books for home reading are selected and monitored in a range of ways across the school depending on the age and ability of the child. In Reception and KS1, children work progressively through a scheme and are monitored by the class teacher. Generally, children in KS2 select their own reading material, either from class or from home.
From Year 2, children are responsible for changing their own reading books, with their reading records being monitored when the child is heard to read during guided reading. In Reception and Year 1 we aim to monitor reading records daily and change their books accordingly.
In terms of reading, we want children to be able to:
- Enjoy reading and see it as a pleasurable leisure activity, as well as a means of following instructions and finding things out.
- Have the reading skills necessary to read a range of text types for pleasure and for information.
- To be confident and competent readers, children need to have access to a range of reading experiences.
Supporting Reading at Home
Find a place to sit together that suits you both.
Try to read for at least 5 to 10 minutes a day and once over the weekend. Encourage it as a pleasurable experience.
Find some time to talk about the book as well as reading it.
Start with the title, look at the cover and briefly chat about what you might find inside.
At the bottom of each page, encourage your child to predict what might happen next.
If your child gets stuck, ask what word would fit best, ask them to sound it out (if appropriate), or simply supply the word yourself.
Read to your child. You can help your child to understand the emphasis of particular parts of the story.
Encourage your child to retell the story you have just shared. This will give you an idea of how much they have understood.
What happened in the story? Does this remind them of anything in their lives or anything they have read before?
Did they think the book was funny? Did they spot any interesting words and phrases? Did they enjoy the book?
How to help with reading
Be positive - praise your child for trying hard at their reading. Let them know it’s okay to make mistakes.
Turn off the TV! It's easier for your child to concentrate if there are no distractions.
Give them time. Let them make a guess before you tell them the word. Help them to get the first sound or try breaking the word up into smaller sections.
Point with a finger. Encourage them to follow the words with their finger.
Don’t make them try too hard! It doesn’t matter if you have to tell them the word sometimes.
Let them read their favourites. It's good practice to read the same books over and over again.
Helping your child at home - Reading
If you have a child in Early Years or Key Stage 1, parents are invited to come into school to read with their child on a weekly basis.
Each year during Maths Week in the Spring term, parents and carers are welcomed into school to take part in maths activities with their children. This is an opportunity to see how we tackle maths skills such as problem solving and investigating. We also play games and provide ideas for practical activities that can be used at home.
Parents are invited to attend our maths workshop on our written calculation policy. Here you will see how children begin to use written methods to solve calculations. We begin with pictures, moving through number lines and partitioning before arriving at the column method which we use as adults.
We use IXL to support our children’s maths learning. In November, a workshop was held for parents to find out how IXL is used in school to monitor and support children’s learning in the classroom as well as at home. Parents were also shown how they could oversee their child’s progress by using the program.
Make sure you come along to our ‘exit points’. These exciting and engaging celebrations show the children’s learning from across a topic. They range from intimate presentations in class where parents have the chance to view their children’s work, to special assemblies where parents are invited to join us on the dance floor for a Spanish paso doble. There have been extravaganzas which include setting London alight on the playground and hosting a cinema premier at the Greenwich Picturehouse. Not to mention a guided bus tour of London and opening our own art gallery in Woolwich.
Look out for the weekly letter from your child’s class teacher which shares what we are learning the following week. This gives details about what is going to be covered in each subject, as well as giving information about homework and upcoming dates.
Half termly newsletters – Each Year group produces a newsletter at the beginning of each half term which shares information about what will be covered in all the curriculum areas. It also includes further information about how you can help at home as well as suggestions of useful websites.
Spellings and mental maths – Children are given spellings to learn for weekly tests. They will also be expected to practise mental maths skills at home. These may include number bonds and times tables.
One of the most important things you can do to support your child is to ensure that they arrive at school on time, having had breakfast. Breakfast Club is available at school and you should contact the school office for further information.
There are many events that happen in each class throughout the year which parents are invited to… Check out your child’s Year group as well as the curriculum section to see a selection of events from this year!
Local support for parents
Council website with information about parent drop-in sessions, Mencap, travel support, welfare benefits
Greenwich Sure Start services
Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich and Lewisham support
parenting support charity
Inviting parents into school
Reception and Key Stage 1 invite parents into class to read with their children after drop-off on Friday mornings. Nursery parents have the opportunity to read with their children after drop-off on Thursday morning or afternoon. Come and share a story with your child and their friends!
Parents of Nursery children are welcomed into class for workshops during each topic. During this time, there are a number of activities designed to support development. The work produced forms part of our classroom environment through vibrant and creative displays that parents and children have worked on together.
Reception and Nursery staff are available before school from 8:45 am to catch up with parents regarding their child’s development. They are also available after school until 3:45 pm. If you feel a more indepth discussion is required, please see the class teacher to organise a convenient time.
Our Early Years team know that a young child’s development is continual. Parents are encouraged to note developmental landmarks on special post-it notes which are available from the class teacher. We understand that beginning school in Nursery is an exciting time for children and their families. Parents are invited to settle their children in Nursery for as long as necessary.