First and foremost, support and reassure your child that there is nothing to worry about and they should always just try their best. Praise and encourage!
Ensure your child has the best possible attendance at school.
Support your child with any homework tasks.
Reading, spelling and arithmetic (e.g. times tables) are always good to practise.
Talk to your child about what they have learnt at school and what book(s) they are reading (the character, the plot, their opinion).
Make sure your child has a good sleep and healthy breakfast every morning!
Listening to your child read can take many forms.
First and foremost, focus developing an enjoyment and love of reading.
Enjoy stories together – reading stories to your child at KS1 and KS2 is equally as important as listening to your child read.
Read a little at a time but often.
Talk about the story before, during and afterwards – discuss the plot, the characters, their feelings and actions, how it makes you feel, predict what will happen and encourage your child to have their own opinions.
Look up definitions of words together – you could use a dictionary, the internet or an app on a phone or tablet.
All reading is valuable – it doesn’t have to be just stories. Reading can involve anything from fiction and non-fiction, poetry, newspapers, magazines, football programmes, TV guides.
Visit the local library - it’s free!
Practise and learn weekly spelling lists – make it fun!
Encourage opportunities for writing such as letters to family or friends, shopping lists, notes or reminders, stories or poems.
Encourage use of a dictionary to check spelling and a thesaurus to find synonyms and expand vocabulary.
Remember that good readers become good writers! Identify good writing features when reading (e.g. vocabulary, sentence structure, punctuation).
Play times tables games.
Encourage your child to use Mathletics.
Play mental maths games including counting in different amounts, forwards and backwards.
Encourage opportunities for telling the time.
Encourage opportunities for counting coins and money; finding amounts or calculating change when shopping.
Look for numbers on street signs, car registrations and anywhere else!
Look for examples of 2D and 3D shapes around the home.
Identify, weigh or measure quantities and amounts in the kitchen or in recipes.
Play games involving numbers or logic, such as dominoes, card games, darts, draughts or chess.