How can Parents/carers and families support their children and our school?
We recognise how important it is for parents/carers and teachers to work closely together to help our children achieve. At Hunslet Moor Primary School, we create home-school links through the use of our learning logs. We encourage our children to take great pride in their homework and many of our children love to be creative in their presentation and designs and we enjoy celebrating their successes in displays and celebration assemblies.
Although we generally ask for children to complete their homework as much as they can independently, it is great when parents/carers and families can offer support and encouragement. This support may be through the use of a space and time for a child to complete their learning log at home, questioning a child about their learning, helping with research, general knowledge or simply providing praise and encouragement. We are very grateful for the help parents/carers and families give, however if you feel your child is struggling to complete their homework on a weekly basis, we also provide after school clubs to help.
Learning logs are sent home weekly, usually alternating between mathematics or an English focus. Please could we ask all parents/carers to support our understanding of how each child found the learning activities by completing the parent comment box; enabling class teachers to have your valuable feedback on effort, capability and motivation to learn.
At Hunslet Moor Primary School we aim to establish mutually supportive and positive, collaborative relationships with all our parents based on trust, mutual respect and open and clear communication.
We aim to keep parents informed and involved in their child’s learning as much as possible, encouraging a supportive relationship in their child’s education.
We offer parent consultations that enable teachers to meet with both children and parents/carers to provide feedback and discussion on children’s attitude to learning, attainment and progress and next steps in education.
Whilst it is important that these meetings are attended by parents and children, teachers will always accommodate parents if they are unable to make the appointment and re-arrange for a suitable date and time. We aim to work in partnership together in order to help every pupil achieve their full potential.
"Reading is important, because if you can read you can learn about everything and everything about anything."
— Tomie de Paolo
"There is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who have not found the right book."
— Frank Serafini
"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you know, the more places you’ll go."
— Dr Seuss
A child’s reading skills are important to their success in school and also for future confidence and success in the wider world. Reading is a creative and inspiring activity, which unveils children’s imaginations and enables different ways of communicating. At Hunslet Moor we read regularly with the children in school; as part of a whole class, small groups and one to one with an adult. We also encourage children to read regularly at home to a grown-up or an older relative. Each child has a reading record which we ask you ensure is brought into school every day. Parents/carers and family members are encouraged to write a short comment about how their child has got on (were they able to retell events, comprehend events and the feelings of characters, make predictions, decode unfamiliar words using their phonetic knowledge…?).
The children have regular opportunities in school to visit the local library on Dewsbury road. The children thoroughly enjoy these visits! We welcome parents/ carers to join us on these visits and if you are interested, please speak to your child’s class teacher. You can also support your child’s love of reading by visiting the library out of school as a family. If you would like further information about the local library, please come and speak to us.
How you can support and develop your child’s reading:
- Read regularly together – read to your child(ren) and listen and encourage them to them read to you – for 10 minutes a day if possible.
- Share your favourite stories as a child
- Discuss favourite books
- Read books in your home language
Question/activities when reading together:
- Look at the front cover of the book and discuss what type of text this might be – Fiction or non-fiction? What clues are there in the layout and presentation?
- What do you think will happen in the story? Or once you have started reading – what might happen next and why?
- Retell the key events.
- As you are reading ask questions: How is the character is feeling? Have you ever had a similar experience? What would you do? Why has the author used a particular word?
- Discuss any words they are unfamiliar with and find out the meaning together in a dictionary.
- Encourage your child to use their phonetic skills to decode any words they may find difficult.
Most importantly we strive for every child to enjoy reading a wide range of texts and to read for pleasure!
Practising weekly spellings
Please support your child learning spellings that will be sent home weekly. It is important that children learn the spelling rules and patterns to enable them to then tackle unfamiliar spellings for words that follow this same pattern and sounds. Learning spellings also helps to increase your child’s vocabulary and equips them with a rich vocabulary from which to draw upon when writing.
Learning Multiplication Tables
Key to a child’s success and confidence in mathematics is a sound understanding and rapid recall of multiplication facts. So much of the mathematics curriculum is built upon a strong foundation of multiplication and related division facts and we ask that you support us by learning and practising these at home. From 2019/2020 Year 4 children nationally will take a multiplication test online.
Please use the multiplication square below to support your child’s learning – if you are viewing this website on a mobile device we would recommended swapping to a larger screen to see the below. A copy of this can be provided – please ask at the school office. Please click here if you wish to download the table.
What patterns can you spot?
Why are some boxes in red? What type of numbers are these?
Which numbers occur in three different times tables?
Learn patterns to help you:
- 4 times tables are double the 2 times tables
- 8 times tables are double the 4 times tables
- 6 times tables are double the 3 times tables
- 12 times tables are double the 6 times tables