Understanding school reports

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Dear [NAME]

At this stage of the school year, it is very likely you will receive your child's school report. This newsletter discusses some of the comments you may see (shown in italics), and includes a range of enjoyable resources that you can use with your child over the summer holidays to ensure the new school year gets off to a good start. You will also find the suggestions helpful for discussion at Parents' Evenings.

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Problem solving Children will use problem solving skills right across the curriculum, so the worksheets below will help across the board.
"Knows tables but must concentrate on how to use them"
"Needs more help with problem solving"
"Knows basic four rules but must work more quickly"

Confidence So often, children know the answer but can lack the confidence to answer up in class; these worksheets will help.
"Needs to increase confidence in his own abilities”
“Still needs to be more self confident”
“Work more quickly and with confidence”



Reading skills are essential - we have an extensive section of book reviews on the site, so take a look at these and choose some books your child will enjoy.
“needs to improve reading skills” 
“must extend vocabulary” 
“improve spelling and presentation”
Spatial awareness and reasoning Even adults can have problems with spatial awareness - catching a ball or parking a car! Even from a young age, children can amaze us by the way they come up with ideas, so foster that skill.
“must be able to relate one piece of information to another” 
“be aware of all the implications to the question”
“be able to solve a problem in more than one way”
Lateral thinking Some of us are naturally lateral thinkers, but others need some encouragement, so try these worksheets.
“Approach problems from a different angle”
“Needs to think around a problem”
“Must extend range of thought and thinking processes”
“Must develop more extended thought processes”
“Must develop the ability to predict results”
Logic Logical thinking comes with a reflective attitude to our actions, so encourage children to slow down and think of a range of different solutions to any problem.
“Apply logic to help solve problems or tasks”
“Be systematic and logical in approaching work”
“Show the logic in arriving at their answer”
“Think slowly and with care to arrive at the correct answer”
Foundation Stage  Even young children can benefit from and enjoy tackling problems and activities which challenge them.

Books  For lots more ideas on reading and helping your child, take a look at our Best new books pages.

Jumpstart: Thinking Skills and Problem Solving Brain Games for Clever Kids Mind Maps for Kids: Study Skills Brain Games for Your Child

Best wishes
Jackie Bacon

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