Learning at Home

This page aims to provide parents and carers with useful information and resources to help you support your child's learning from home. If there is any other information you would like to see included in this area, please get in touch.

Help with Reading

When your child brings home a book it is not intended that you teach your child to read the book word for word. Instead read the book and bear these points in mind:

  • Choose a time when you can give all your attention.
  • Choose somewhere quiet and comfortable.
  • Allow enough time to talk about the story and the pictures.
  • Ask what he/she thinks might happen next.
  • Let your child "read" the story to you afterwards or tell you what happened.
  • Point to the words as you read.
  • Use your voice to reflect what is happening.
  • Your child will probably make-up the story from the pictures. This is an important stage at the beginning and will give satisfaction.
  • If your child is tired or reluctant - don't push it. Don't worry if reading isn't word perfect - if it makes sense, don't correct it.
  • Reading the story first isn't cheating - it is helping your child to predict. Never make your child feel he must read - always praise and encourage.

There are numerous ways you can help your child to develop their reading: 

  • Read for a short while every day - make it a time that is enjoyable to you both.
  • Encourage your child to look at different words in the world around.
  • Point out street signs, shop names, food labels, birthday cards, buses and so on.
  • Traditional nursery rhymes - children soon learn by heart and pretend to read them in books. Point out words as you read them together. Songs and TV ads can be used in the same way.
  • Help your child to use a TV guide to find their favourite programmes.
  • Spend time talking to your child about things you do together - include everyday things as well as special things.
  • Use the local library.
  • Let your child see you reading books, magazines and newspapers and that you find them useful and enjoyable.
  • Continue bedtime story sessions - the best way to share the pleasure of reading.

Further information

These leaflets can help you support your child through each stage of their reading:

Helping your child understand what they have read
Reading Booklet.pdf
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For children reading books in the Pink & Red book bands
Reading booklet 1.pdf
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For children reading books in the Yellow, Blue & Green book bands
Reading booklet 2.pdf
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For children reading books in the Orange, Turquoise & Purple book bands
Reading booklet 3.pdf
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For children reading books in the Gold, White & Lime book bands
Reading booklet 4.pdf
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For children reading beyond book bands
Reading booklet 5.pdf
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Please also see the slides at the bottom of this page which are taken from a Reading Meeting held for parents on Wednesday 24th October 2012.

Help with Maths

You may already have noticed that your child uses different calculation methods to those you were taught at school.


To help you understand how children learn addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, we have prepared a document which explains our calculations policy and shows how different methods are developed throughout your child's time at school.

Calculation Policy
EM Calculation Policy 2014.pdf
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Help with Handwriting

At East Morton our aim is for children to develop a neat legible style with correctly formed letters in cursive handwriting. This style teaches pupils to join letters as a series of flowing movements and patterns.


You can download the letter below for further information about our policy and a guide explaining how each of the letters should be formed.

Handwriting Information
Handwriting info.pdf
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Parents' Reading Meeting

The following slides are taken from the presentation which was delivered at the parents' reading meeting on Wednesday 24th October.