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

Spring Clean Your Classroom

The classroom setting is a place that primary school children will spend most of their time during a specific year of their school life. It is important that the environment is welcoming, inspiring and creates a space for self expression and growth. A warm and interactive classroom environment can have very positive effects on academic achievement and can also foster a strong sense of community.

Visual Appeal

Teacher’s often take great pride in creating the best possible learning environment, and when done so effectively, it will help children to develop a sense of ownership towards their classroom and their school. Warm colours such as red and green combined with natural lighting can create a stimulating environment for children to learn. Colourful displays and schedules are great for keeping organised and alleviating anxiety through visual cues. read more

A day in the life of an ASD family

Lauren is a 28 year old married mum of two originally from South Shields now a resident of Northern Ireland, blogging about family life, autism, fashion, days out and much more. Lover of writing, reading, photography, cats & sugar skulls!

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Having a child with Autistic Spectrum Disorder often means a lot of careful planning and scheduling goes in to the day. Despite this, you have to be ready for anything, as you really never know when something might change and send everything off balance. read more