HOW CAN I SUPPORT MY CHILD AT HOME?
We know that parents and carers are really keen to provide support and help for their children at home but this can become increasingly difficult as the young people get older and when the different subjects can all demand different things. A recent study has helped us to understand the best ways that parents and carers can help at home so that children continue to progress and develop, even when they are in secondary school. Below you will find some specific guidance on how to support and encourage your child to direct their focus and attention to the most effective activities, even if they do not have any homework! Most importantly, we would advise that these 3 things can make the biggest impact on their progress and development:
Encourage them to read as much as possible. You will find some suggestions for suitable books here (link to reading page).
Always expect the very best: We believe every young person should have the highest academic expectation for what they can achieve but often they find it difficult to believe that of themselves. That’s where we come in, with your support we can nurture that belief and expectation that they can achieve highly and be very proud of their achievements.
Talk to us; If you are worried or concerned or would like some more specific advice, you are always welcome to contact us or come and visit. We know that by working together, we can support our children to be brilliant.
Take a look at study strategies that can be done at home with parental support below
GCSE pod is an online resource filled with lessons, tutorials and activities. More information and guidance can be found here
We can provide students with blank flashcards that they can then create and use a study resource at home. It is proven that self-testing is one of the most effective study strategy. The most useful flashcards will have a question or key term on one side and the answer or definition on the other. The flashcard can then be used as a testing tool rather than just a collection of notes.
To use flashcards effectively, the student must try and respond to the question or key term from memory before turning over the flashcard, This is where you can help. Once they have created the flashcards, being tested by someone else will more likely result in retrieving knowledge rather than relying on the answer that is on the back.
Even if they get the answers correct, keep testing! This will help them to remember the information more easily and over a longer period of time.
Knowledge organisers are a way of capturing some of the main content for a topic. Used well, they can help students to memorise the important information so that they are then able to think more deeply about connections between facts and ideas and their own interpretations and responses to it.
Here you will find some example knowledge organisers from different subject areas.
Creative Arts - Naturalism
English - A Christmas Carol
French - Food / Clothes / Meals / Shopping
Geography - Living World
Spanish - School
Here are some tips for helping students use these most effectively:
Remove sections from the knowledge organiser and ask students to re-fill based on what they have memorised
Ask students to explain the key concepts or vocabulary from the knowledge organisers to you
Encourage them to transform the main information from the knowledge organiser into a mind map of flash cards-from memory if possible- and then check for accuracy