Helping your 11 to 14 year old to learn


Getting involved with your child's education can make a significant difference to their chances of success. Research has shown that children whose parents are involved get higher marks, have a better attitude towards learning and develop more confidence.

Take a daily interest

Getting involved with your child's education at secondary school doesn't have to be difficult. There are some simple things you can do to show your interest:

  • ask about your child's homework - find out when work is due and whether they need any help with anything

  • find out the topics your child will be studying each term by looking at the school's curriculum plan or talking to teachers

  • check the school newsletter for upcoming events and mark your calendar straight away for activities that will include your child


Support your child's reading

At 11 to 14 years of age your child may be too old for bedtime stories, but you can still help shape their reading habits. You can develop your child's interest by:

  • encouraging them to read magazines, comics and newspapers as well as books

  • buying books for presents - those that tie in to a favourite television show, pop band or computer game are often a hit

  • reading together - try picking reading material on subjects you both enjoy like a sports team, music group or holiday destination

  • reading the books or plays your child is studying in school and discussing what you've read with them


Get the most from school reports

Your child receives a school report at least once a year. To get the most out of a report you should:

  • read it carefully and note your child's strengths and weaknesses - work out what they need to do to improve in weak areas

  • give praise when your child has done well, but for areas of concern agree on specific things that can be done to improve

  • compare reports from year to year to highlight areas of improvement and concern


Make the most of parents' consultation evenings

In secondary school you might only meet your child's teachers once a year, so it pays to be prepared. You can make the most of parents' consultation evenings (also known as parent evenings) by:

  • spending some time with your child before the evening discussing their strengths, weaknesses and any problems at school

  • making a list of questions to ask teachers about your child's work, how they get along with classmates and their general attitude toward school

  • being prepared to listen when meeting teachers, even to criticism of your child's work or behaviour

  • asking questions, especially if you don't understand or agree with something

  • trying to take away from the meeting some positive steps that you, your child and the teachers can take to help your child succeed


Taking advantage of museums and galleries

A fun day out for the family can also be a great learning opportunity. Museums and galleries can help bring your child's school work to life.

These websites can help you plan your visits:

  • search for specific kinds of exhibits by place, date or subject at more than 3,000 museums, galleries and heritage attractions at the 24 Hour Museum 

  • search for galleries, art museums and art centres by geographic region at the Gallery Finder


Developing your child’s Numeracy and Literacy in Year 7
Dear Parents and Carers
Thank you to all Parents and Carers who took the time to complete the surveys about My Maths and Accelerated Reading.
We would like to encourage you to help the Academy develop your child’s Numeracy and Literacy skills and have listed some tips and resources below to help you do this:
Ø  Ensure that your child reads five nights each week for at least 30 minutes  
Ø  Listen to your child reading aloud
Ø  Ask questions about the book:
·         What is it about?
·         Can you tell me some information about the characters?
·         Where is the book set? 
·         What type of book is it (genre) – such as romance, adventure, fantasy, non-fiction, autobiography, biography?
·         Who is it written for – teenagers, adults?
·         How would you rate the book out of 10 and why?
·         Are there any words which are difficult?
·         Can they be found in a dictionary?
Ø  Check your child’s reading progress by using the remote Accelerated Reading personal log - in details which were given to your child in a letter in the Spring Term.
Ø  Ensure that your child does 30 minutes of Maths homework 3 nights each week
Ø  Use My Maths on-line
Ø  Ask your child to explain the working out and how to find the answer to problem solving activities
Ø  Encourage your child to use the Maths drop-in sessions at lunch time in school
Ø  Check your child’s Maths progress by using the remote My Maths personal log - in details which was given to your child in a letter in the Spring Term
Ø  Use My Maths booster packs to give your child access to topics they are completing in class or have already covered in order to review these skills
Ø  Use the My Maths games to help develop your child’s times tables and other important numeracy skills
Please let us know if you have any queries via your child’s planner.