Learning Environment at Home
Timetable Learning – Students respond well to a timetable of the day’s learning experiences. Being organised and having a visible timetable helps them to engage in learning tasks and brings a sense of achievement when they have completed them. This includes break times. Having a scheduled recess and lunchtime is really important as it keeps routines for students.
Make Technology Purposeful – Under Curriculum Links we have a list of high quality online learning platforms and Apps that can be downloaded to enhance learning for students. As a school we always strongly advocate that parents closely monitor digital technology use at home, as is done at school.
Organise a Learning Space – A dedicated space helps students to code switch into a learning mindset and focus on tasks. Reducing distractions like the television and other stimulus can also help students maintain focus and get the most out of tasks. Some student may find it easier to settle into learning while wearing their uniform and having a consistent start time. It signals to students that school has started.
Oral Language – Encourage deep conversations and lengthy responses from students. Oral language is an important foundation for reading and writing.
Spelling & Vocabulary – When writing, encourage students to ‘have a go’ at tricky words and re-read their writing to look for editing opportunities.
Reading – Build reading into every opportunity possible. There are lists of comprehension questions over the page to support you with strengthening understanding.
Writing – Work with students to create persuasive writing on a topical issue. An information poster or narrative could also be jointly constructed with students. As students write, discuss the use of interesting language and vocabulary to enhance sentences (rich adjectives and verbs).
Number – Encourage your child to improve their basic number facts and times tables by calculating the change from shopping, or the difference between sale price and retail price. Conversations about how they get their answer helps confirm their understanding.
Measurement – Children really enjoy measuring different objects around the house. Try measuring the volume of different shaped glasses/cups, or the length/area of their room. Better yet, children could redesign their bedroom or house using SketchUp.
Geometry – Building different 3D objects with old boxes is a great way to learn about 2D shapes and 3D objects. Make sure you have deep conversations about the different shapes and 3D object you make together to develop an understanding of shape properties.
Chance – Chance is all about the different possibilities. The best way to learn about chance is by playing board games and encouraging discussions about different possibilities before rolling the die or revealing a card.
Data – Collecting information about how many smarties in a packet or chips per person can be represented on a graph or in a table.
Remember Uno, Monopoly, Boggle, Scrabble and Pictionary? Board games are a great way to integrate Literacy and Numeracy in a game situation. Spelling, Reading and Maths are all key skills in board games and a fun way to learn. Below are a few examples of tried and true games:
Board games to encourage skills in Mathematics
Numero, Uno, Monopoly, Snakes and Ladders
Board games to encourage skills in Literacy
Pictionary, Boggle, Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit, Cranium