At Ferney Lee, we believe that children deserve the best possible chances in life and that they learn best when there are strong links between home and school.
We are determined to continue to provide a high-quality education for all our pupils, whether they are learning in school or at home.
Please click on the links below for more information about our remote learning:
Please click on the links below to find our 'how to...' guides to access our home learning platforms
The government and the BBC have created two fantastic resources for home learning. Each of the following links is split into year groups and has a lesson followed by age-appropriate activities, quizzes and games. Both BBC bitesize and Oak National Academy are fabulous, easy to follow learning tools and will help the children maintain good learning habits making the eventual transition back to school easier.
Here are two helpful guides with top tips for reading at home:
This one gives advice for parents/carers who are reading with younger children...
This one gives advice on reading with older children...
Supporting younger children with maths learning at home:
Here are some ways that we can support parents to celebrate maths as part of their day:
- Board games, particularly ones with linear, numbered, equal-sized spaces can be useful for the development of early number skills. Most families will have ‘Snakes and Ladders’ or something similar; if not, this is a great opportunity to make your own!
- Incorporate mathematics into everyday routines and activities: tidying up and meal times in particular provide opportunities for conversations about counting, comparing, time, and sharing.
- Snack times and meals are a great opportunity to learn mathematics, such as counting, estimating and comparing. For example, with young children, you could count and match items in a ‘Teddy Bears’ Picnic.’ You can compare quantities such as more or less or quantify food items (making sure to link the last number counted to the number of items in the set) or discuss the capacity of different cups or jugs. A parent or puppet can make deliberate errors in counting and sharing, with the child encouraged to identify these mistakes.
- Use mathematical vocabulary where possible as part of conversations and play: for example, when making comparisons (which is bigger? which teddy is first in line? who has more? are they shared fairly?). Opportunities can also be taken for ‘shape-spotting’ and sorting around the home.
- Finding the mathematics in story books. www.mathsthroughstories.org contains explicit links to mathematics in stories, but you can also consider opportunities in more common story books for mathematical discussion.
- Use manipulatives to support learning. For example, building bricks could be used to model simple addition and multiplication, or toys used to make comparisons of size or quantity. Measuring items, scales, construction materials, puzzles, sorting and pattern materials are also great sources for discussion!
TOP TIPS for supporting older children in their maths learning:
Older children’s work at home is closely linked to the mathematics recently studied in the classroom. When working with older children at home, parents may be faced with an additional challenge – that of mathematical subject material that you may not have used for many years, or methods with which you are not familiar.
For this reason, much of the evidence about supporting older children with mathematics is about structure, encouragement, and routines.
Given support routines can prove so helpful, here are some ideas for parents:
- Create a daily routine for mathematical practice with your child and reinforce this with praise and rewards. This can increase the amount of time spent ‘on task’ and improve the effectiveness of how that time is spent.5 You might want to consider linking this routine to the rhythm of a normal school day, but be realistic in what you can manage as a family.
- Encourage your child to set goals, plan, and manage their time, effort, and emotions. This type of support can help children to regulate their own learning and will often be more valuable than direct help with mathematical tasks. As children become older, more independence can be expected but support will still be needed.
- Having a place to study mathematics is helpful. This could be a desk in a bedroom or a place at the kitchen table. Ensure your child has the materials they need. Whatever they may tell you, a notebook and pen will always be needed for working out (even when tasks are online). Also, a calculator (scientific whenever possible), and a ruler as a minimum. Some tasks set by schools may need online access, and a laptop or tablet will usually be better than a mobile phone.
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