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Helping at Home

Here you will find tips and advice from each class on helping your child's learning at home.  For information on reading at home, please scroll down this page.

Class newsletters and spellings can be found on individual class pages within 'School News'


  • Enjoy books together.
  • Encourage your child to be independent e.g. put on their coat, pour their own drink etc.
  • Identify numerals and 2D shapes in the local environment.


  • Encourage personal hygiene – in particular hand-washing after using the toilet.
  • Share books regularly with your child. Listen to your child read little and often when they bring a reading book home.
  • Encourage independence in dressing and making healthy food choices.
  • Help develop your child’s skills in segmenting and blending by playing “robot talk” or “sound-talk” games. Segment CVC words aloud for your child to recognise.
  • Practise counting to 20 and encourage your child spot numbers in the environment. Give your child opportunities to count objects and say one more or less than a given number.
  • Help your child complete handwriting sitting at a table using a pencil.

YEAR 1: 

  • Count in 2's, 5's and 10's
  • Read together at least 4 times a week.
  • Form number and letters correctly.


  • Practice 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10 times tables 
  • Work on sentence types (as sent home previously)
  • Work on spelling rules
  • Read together regularly 


  • Read together daily
  • Practice times tables - 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 & 10
  • Encourage regular use of Number Gym
  • Complete homework each week.


  • Practice ALL times tables
  • Encourage regular reading (at least 3 times a week) and use the yellow reading diary to record any progress/issues.
  • Practice spellings.


  • Practice ALL times tables
  • Make use of Number Gym
  • Encourage regular reading


  • Practice ALL times tables
  • Encourage your child to read as much as possible

Reading at Knavesmire Primary

Reading is the cornerstone of everything we do throughout school. Learning to read begins with a systematic approach to the teaching of phonics, which continues through Reception and Year 1 where pupils have a daily 20 minute phonics session (taught using the ‘Letters & Sounds’ scheme). We hold an annual introductory evening for Reception parents, together with a range of phonics workshops, to illustrate first-hand how children are taught to read and write in the early years of school.


Reading practice takes many forms: individual reading to an adult; individual reading followed by a comprehension activity (supported by reading journals); paired reading with another child; Guided Reading in small groups with a teacher or teaching assistant in EY and Key Stage 1, and Reciprocal Reading in Key Stage 2; whole class reading of texts aloud; and listening to class stories read by the teacher. Children read texts (fiction and non-fiction) from books and screens. Each classroom has a reading corner and pupils also have access to the school library to choose books for reading at home.


Reading is set as regular homework, and Reading Records are used to enable parents and teachers to record progress made, thus facilitating the transfer of information between home and school. There is an range of extensive Storysacks in the school library for school and home use during the Early Years. Book Buddies (parents, students and volunteers from other professions) support school by giving children extra practice at becoming proficient readers.


World Book Day and National Poetry Day are also celebrated using a range of enrichment activities that aspire to promote a lifelong love of reading. The school has the luxury of an extremely well-resourced library which is timetabled for class use, used by individuals and groups in lessons time, accessed by pupils over lunchtime, and open to pupils and parents after school.