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Parent Support for Learning

You do not need to be an expert in any particular subject or indeed have any qualifications to support your child's learning. Every parent can find opportunities to encourage their child's natural inquisitiveness and ability to learn more about the world. After all it was you who taught them to walk, talk and interact with others. Just as we teach young toddlers how to feed themselves and encourage them to repeat words as they learn to speak, you can encourage an interest in the wider world and support your children to develop their own views about the arts, science and global issues.

Supporting learning in English:

  • Age 16+ Boom - Mark Haddon. A laugh out loud farce from the author who brought you “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” 
  • Age 12+“Demon Dentist” - David Walliams “Diamond”- Jacqueline Wilson
  • Age 14+“The Geography of You and Me”- Jennifer E Smith See Heather Umpleby’s -Year 13- review on Guardian.co.uk
  • Age 16+ The Fault in Our Stars- John Green - A touching portrayal of two teenagers and their experiences with cancer. Well worth a read...
Supporting learning in Mathematics:

  • Encourage your children to see the use of mathematics in everyday events
  • Visit websites like 'Corbett maths' and 'Mr Bartons Maths' to play games and revise
  • Talk about the cost of things involved in running the home such as shopping, bills, etc.
  • Talk to your children about the activities they are doing in their maths lessons
  • Actively help with homework
  • Watch programs like 'the science of stupid', 'myth busters' and 'numbers' where they use maths to explain science.
  • Encourage your children to do complete magazine/newspaper activities like number fit and sudoku

Supporting learning in Humanities:

  • Read a quality newspaper
  • Watch documentary channels
  • For geography - Eden Coast, National Geographic; 
  • For history - History channel, Discovery channel.
  • Find out about moral issues in newspapers and moral issues as reflected in soaps for RE.
  • Watch Law and order, the UK news stories for criminal law.
  • Visit Leeds City Museum, the Royal Armouries.

Supporting learning in ICT: 

  • Visit the Bradford Museum of Film and Photography (free admission)
  • Watch The Gadget Show on Channel 5
  • Watch Click on BBC 1

Supporting learning in Technology:

  • Observe the work of others - Encourage your child to watch design and technology related TV programmes and access magazine and newspaper articles related to design and technology. Master-Chef/Grand Designs/Sewing Bee etc
  • Widen knowledge of products and materials. 
  • Encourage your child to become a more informed consumer when going shopping - look at the ingredients in the food that you buy and the materials in the clothes that they wear. 
  • Prepare for future lessons. Check your child’s technology work when they bring their folder home and ask them to explain it to you. Look at the contents list and see if the work has been completed
  • Get them involved - Encourage them to take an active part in everyday technology related activities. Involve them in DIY jobs, meal preparation and checking the care instructions when doing the laundry

Supporting learning in Business Studies:

  • Discuss with your children their work experiences
  • Watch the latest business news
  • Discuss with your children what they have learnt in Business
  • Read the business section of a newspaper
  • Watch business related programmes such as Dragon's Den and The Apprentice

Supporting learning in Health & Social Care: 

  • Discuss with your children what they have done in lesson.
  • Find a family member/family friend who requires care or is in the social care system (e.g. grandparents having carers visit morning and evening) and talk to them about their experiences.
  • Take part in conversations with the family and identify different communication skills used.
  • Watch and discuss different health & social care type documentaries - e.g. Panorama, Channel 4 documentaries.
  • Read the BBC News/Health section on the website.
  • Read Society/Guardian on the Guardian newspaper website.

Supporting learning in Science:

  • Encourage documentary watching, ‘Attenborough’ rather than ‘Simpsons.’
  • Discuss healthy diet and exercise. 
  • Discuss the dangers of alcohol and smoking - leaflets from the doctors can be useful.
  • Encourage revision using BBC Bitesize.
  • Discuss the importance of science in all aspects of life and in many careers.
  • Encourage discussions about risk assessment and health and safety.
  • Discuss any news article that mentions science, e.g. global warming, space, cancer research.

Supporting learning for students with SEND:

  • Allow your children to take responsibility for budgeting, shopping and independent travel
  • Read newspapers to help with literacy
  • Watch the news to assist with current affairs
  • Cook meals and make packed lunches - develop menus and budget for this
  • Ironing, washing and doing tasks in the home
  • To develop gross and fine motor skills - Balance Games on the WII, Throwing and Catching skills with siblings
  • Cutting and sticking when doing homework
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