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Bishop Vaughan Catholic School

Mynydd Garnlwyd Road

Morriston

Swansea

SA6 7QG

Bishop Vaughan Catholic School

Mynydd Garnlwyd Road

Morriston

Swansea

SA6 7QG

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According to the Welsh Government, these are some of the most effective ways in which families can support children to learn:

Foundation Phase:

  • Conversations that encourage children’s natural inquisitiveness and love of learning while also developing language and communication skills.

  • Role play, to encourage purposeful talk.

  • Reading stories, talking about the pictures.

  • Teaching songs and nursery rhymes.

  • Pointing out and playing with letters and numbers.

  • Painting and drawing.

  • Developing one-to-one correspondence, e.g. matching socks.

  • Visiting the library, museums and galleries.

  • Outdoor trips to parks, woods, and beaches.

  • Supporting social and emotional learning.

  • Helping their child to be ‘school ready’.

Primary School, ages 7-11:

  • Showing interest in their school and school activities.

  • Communicating the value of education and helping them to feel that they belong in the school.

  • Ensuring that they go to bed at a regular time, have breakfast and attend school.

  • Spending 10 minutes a day reading with the child, any text, anywhere.

  • Using opportunities in daily life to use numbers and talk about ‘how big/much/many’.

  • Outings to museums, the library and art galleries and extra-curricular activities.

  • Working with the school to support the child with any particular issues.

  • Supporting social and emotional learning.

Secondary School:

  • Communicating the value of education, modelling respectful relationships with teachers and helping their child to feel that they belong in the school.

  • Taking an interest in the topics they are following at school.

  • Keeping them focused on learning and homework, while also supporting their autonomy.

  • Ensuring that they go to bed at a regular time, have breakfast and attend school.

  • Communicating aspirations and celebrating achievements, both of which can be very powerful motivators for children at this age.

  • Providing an environment at home in which they can study (with no distractions).

  • Encouraging children to read, and to talk about the book they are reading, what they have read in the newspaper or the film they have seen.

  • Involving children in household tasks, such as how to understand bills and plan trips or plan spending/saving.

  • Outings to museums, arts and cultural venues.

  • Extra-curricular activities, such as sports or, creative and cultural activities that help them to apply their knowledge and develop social and emotional skills.

  • Working with the school to support the child to work through any particular issues.

  • Supporting course selection and guiding children in plans for post-16 learning.

Further information can be found here.