Newsletter March 2011

Parents in Touch

This is a key academic time of year and in this newsletter we have many new resources to help all ages with school work, as well as some fun pages for everyone to enjoy. 50 people will win books in our competitions, so don't miss out! Also, there are recommended books to read and help studies. Your child will benefit by starting revision for any tests at this time so that they have as much preparation as possible, gain confidence and become more used to timed tests. Let us help you!
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KS1 SATS   The papers on this page should be worked together with your child so that they are familiar with the layout and the timing processes of the papers. This can be done in a relaxed manner so that the children may feel confident and as relaxed as possible. 

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KS2 SATS At this level children need a quiet comfortable environment to ensure that they are familar with all the processes needed to do their best in any test. A little practice does help every child.

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Foundation Stage These papers are fun and will help your child reinforce the work done in schools. Children at this age usually enjoy showing adults what they know and have learnt in school. 

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KS1 maths It is always a good idea to do some practical work at home with your children. Cooking,art work,comics and cooking ae all learning curves which can be related to maths and English tasks needed in school.

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Phonics Many parents may not have learnt phonics at school so' How to teach phonics will help both you and your child. Tapes,computers, television and tapes can also be very useful and fun to establish a varied set of sound patterns.

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KS2 English At this stage all children need encouragement and praise. It is easy to assume that chidren of this age are mature and confident.They enjoy new exoeriences, learning together and have success with adults.

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KS2 maths It is easy to assume that all children know how to use a calculator. Try using one with your child and then continue having fun together with a challenge at one of the Mental maths papers!

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Optional SATS papers These papers are used by schools to ensure that the children are reaching their individual targets in English and maths. They are very useful in ascertaining which secondary school may be best for your child.

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KS3 maths Many students at this stage would like to feel that they are mature and do not need help at home. Make sure that your child has the opportunity to be able to ask for your help and enjoy spending time together. 

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Spelling Some children find spelling easy but others need constant help and reassurance. Crosswords, word puzzles and quizzes are fun and reinforce spelling in a fun and competitive manner.

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 Science There are many areas of science which can be enjoyed at home. Electricity with lego, torches for camping, cooking for chemical changes and acid and alkali foods are all used at home daily.

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Learning skills It is easy to assume that children do know how to take notes which they can understand a week later! Explosion charts, databases, dictionaries, Google and indexes need to be explained and make life simpler for students.

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Art, craft and activities All children can improve their presentation skills through Art and Craft. They can see which colours work well together, which shapes are more dramatic and they learn to take more pride in their work.

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Fun Pages These pages are for you all to enjoy as a family. It is good to take the time and have fun together. Hopefully we will get some sunshine and be able to get outside and prepare our gardens for the coming of Spring.

Competitions - see our Competition page for full details and reviews. We have another wonderful batch of competitions for you this month with World Book Day in mind, so make sure you enter and stock up your child's library and increase their love for books.

  
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New Books These are just a few of the new books recently reviewed  - take a look at our Best new books pages.

   

Best wishes

Jackie Bacon
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