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How you Can Help your Child

This section of our website is dedicated to giving you advice on how to help your child. We aim to build up a library of ideas, which we will add to as we go. There will be a range of formats to choose from, including information sheets and videos. We hope you find this useful. Please do not hesitate to ask us if anything is unclear!



Basic Column Subtraction

Column Multiplication

Column Subtraction with borrowing

Long Division


RMEasimaths is an online program which is personalised and sets work at an individual level, revisiting topics regularly to allow reinforcement and practice. Teachers are able to access reports and monitor children’s progress and usage, and then use this information to inform future planning; it provides a clear view of achievement and, also, areas of weakness which we can then help them with. It has been shown that fifteen minutes of RMEasimaths four times a week makes a huge difference to children’s mathematical ability.

How to use RM Easimaths



Mathletics is another online resource which can be accessed at home as well as at school. Teachers are able to set tasks for children to complete based on topics being taught and there is a section of the website called ‘Live Mathletics’. This gives children the opportunity to play against opponents from all over the world racing to answer mental maths questions, which are at various levels. In the same way as RMEasimaths, teachers can use the information provided by the programs to plan future work. Children enjoy both these activities and those that use them regularly gain a huge sense of achievement from the reward systems which are built into the programs.


Learn-Its are mathematical facts which children need to know instantly; in other words, they should be able to answer them as quickly as they can tell you the answer to ‘What is your name?’ These are all on a page in children’s planners this year and we would like you to encourage your child to learn them.

Times Tables (Years 3 - 6)

We would be grateful if you could help and encourage your child to learn their times tables as the time invested in this is very important and knowledge of them is a key skill.  



Accelerated Reader

Since 2007 our school has adopted Accelerated Reader as our reading scheme for KS2 and Year 2. This is a personalised approach to our children’s reading and progress. At the beginning of each term each child from Year 3 to 6 takes a STAR reading online test, consisting of 34 mixed multiple choice questions. This determines their reading range (zpd) from which the children choose their books. Children in Year 2 begin using AR when the teaching staff deem they are ready to do so. When a book is read, children take an online reading quiz about the book, consisting of 5 to 20 questions. Their aim is to answer 85% or more of the questions correctly, and children are awarded points for that book if they answer enough questions correctly. Each term every child is given a reading target and the children can earn up to 10 family points at the end of that term if they successfully meet their target. Reports for the children are printed every Friday and displayed in the building for children to see how well they doing. Each teacher checks their class online regularly so they can see what they are reading, how often they are reading and how on track they are to meet their end of term target. This has been, and continues to be, a very popular way of promoting and monitoring reading for our children. There are links on our website to bookmark at home for quizzing. There is also a link to HomeConnect, which is a way in which parents can follow the progress of their children and their reading.


How to use AR

Reading with Your Child

Here are a few ways that you can help your child read at home: 

  • Never underestimate the value of reading a bedtime story to your child. This is a great way to model and establish a love of reading. Model reading whether it is an instruction manual, recipe book, newspaper or a novel – demonstrate how valuable being able to read is. 
  • Take time to look at the front cover of the text. Discuss the title of the text. How can this help the reader make predictions about the text? What can they see on the cover? Introduce and use terms like author, illustrator and publisher. 
  • After a few pages, stop and discuss what they have read. Encourage your child to give reasons for their answers. Establish a real understanding of the text rather than just reading the words. 
  • Take time to discuss the pictures and layout of the text. Use terms such as glossary, index etc 
  • When your child comes across an unknown word, encourage them to use their phonic knowledge to decode. Break it down into syllables and sound out together. If the meaning of the word is unknown, spend time discussing this to help deepen your child’s understanding. 
  • Encourage the use of expression when reading. Do not be afraid to use those silly voices to make reading an enjoyable experience. 
  • Do not worry about pushing your child up through those reading bands. Spend time broadening and deepening their love and understanding of reading. Remember … Little and often is better than an hour once a week.

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