Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Week 7 Update - Maths and Reading


A huge thank you for taking the time to look at your child's Maths work. The comments were very positive and encouraging and I'm sure your child enjoyed sharing it with you.
Money is our focus at the moment. The child are identifying the different coins and counting using the coins to make different amounts. You can help your child understand the concept of money by allowing them to handle it by sorting, counting or exchanging coins both at home and when you are shopping. It can make a big difference to their understanding and confidence when using money.


Here are some questions that may help you to support your children’s reading and enjoyment of the stories that they choose.  Choose a few questions each night to engage in conversation with your child about their nightly reading.

Before reading the book:
Can you point to the title? or What is this? (pointing to the title)
What do you think this story will be about? What might happen in the story?
What do we call the writing on the back of the book? (Blurb) or What does the blurb tell us?
Talk about the different parts of the book (eg. Front cover, back cover, title, author, illustrator, blurb.

During reading:
Tell me what is happening in the pictures.
What has happened so far? Is it what you expected to happen?
What might happen next? How do you think the story might end?
What sort of character is….? Is he/she friendly/ mean/ nice…?
Ask children about events in the story.

After reading:
What was their favourite part? Why?
What was the most interesting/ exciting part of the book? Can you find it?
Why did that character do … (give a situation/ event from the story)?
What happened in the story?
Would you like to read another story by this author or illustrator?
Have you read any other books like this one? Is it happy/
sad/ scary/ exciting? Why do you think this?
Does this book remind you of any other stories, or TV programmes/ DVDs?
Does this story remind you of anything that has happened to you?
Did you like this book? Why? (Encourage children to develop their opinion about books by encouraging them to explain their reasons)

Source: Belmont Primary School, Bexley, UK.

Enjoy watching your child develop this year.