Back to School: How to support your child’s learning at home

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Children across the UK will soon be returning to primary school to enter into a new school year and some will be starting school for the first time. After the long summer break we have put together a checklist of ideas and ways to support your child’s development at home while furthering your understanding of what they are learning at school.

Showing interest

Play an active role in your child’s learning by asking questions about their day. You can find out information about what your child is learning by reading ‘The National Curriculum Key stages 1 and 2 framework document’, this can be accessed on www.gov.uk . This breaks down the programme of study for English, Mathematics, Science, Art and Design, Computing, Design and Technology, Geography, History, Languages, Music and Physical Education as well as outlining statutory requirements and guidance. This information will help you to ask relevant questions, plan learning trips and invest in educational resources. read more

Five activities you didn’t know you could do with Cuisenaire® Rods

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What are
Cuisenaire® Rods?

Cuisenaire® Rods are colourful rods that can be used for small groups or whole class work to help children understand mathematical concepts. The rods come in different sizes and colours, and each colour represents a different rod length that can each be assigned numeric values or units of measure. Learning Resources® offer three different types of rods; wooden, plastic and interlocking plastic, and each are available in three different sizes: introductory, small group and classroom multi pack.

Cuisenaire® Rods are a hands-on teaching resource. They relate abstract ideas about numbers and shapes to something children can see and touch. This makes mathematical ideas easier to internalise and encourages children to solve abstract problems they may not otherwise be able to. These rods were invented by Georges Cuisenaire. He discovered that by making use of children’s natural inclination to play and giving them an appealing material which demonstrated the relationships on which mathematics is based, it was possible to provide understanding for them all. read more