How to support your child
Research shows that parental involvement in their children's learning is an important factor in improving children's academic attainment and achievements, as well as their overall behaviour and attendance.
Good quality home learning contributes more to children's intellectual and social development than parental occupation, education or income.
Please see below for some suggestions: you may be doing some or all of these already.
Getting used to the big change
As well as the uniform and gym kit they will need a few extras such as:
Your child will have a contact diary in order to make a note of the tasks set by teachers and where any messages between home and school may be recorded. We would ask you to sign the diary on a weekly basis to help ensure that this communication is as effective as possible.
Your child will need to work more independently at secondary school than at primary school. But your interest and input will still be important and will help your child to do well.
Look for opportunities to talk to your child about schoolwork; try to find topics you’re both interested in so it's a natural conversation.
Ask your child if there's anything you can do to help with homework. Discuss the organisation of the work. If your child has several assignments due in on the same day, suggest they space the work out rather than leave it all until the night before.
The following is a rough guide to how long your child should be spending on homework at secondary school:
Years 7 and 8
45 to 90 minutes a day
60 to 120 minutes a day
Years 10 and 11
90 to 150 minutes a day
Other ways to support your child's learning
You may not be reading with your child as you did at primary school but you can still support good reading habits. Talk to your child about the books you're both reading. Ask what books your child would like for birthday and Christmas presents. Go to the library together - if your child is stuck for a new author, ask the librarian for guidance or look online at book reviews.
Keeping up-to-date with the news helps with schoolwork. Try to encourage your child to read a newspaper at least once or twice a week. Find news stories that connect to lesson topics. If your child is researching a subject, suggest the online archives of a good newspaper or the BBC website.
If you’re planning a day out, visit a museum or gallery that will tie in with work your child is doing in subjects such as Art, English, History, Geography or Science - this can be a fun way to add depth and interest to your child's learning.
Encourage the use of Welsh in the community and outside school by attending events organised by Menter Iaith Casnewydd.
Bottom of Form
Learning as a family can bring significant benefits for adults and the children in their care. It can :
Useful Apps and Websites
Learn World Geography