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    • rfowler
    • By rfowler 22nd Sep 16, 2:31 PM
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    Curriculm info and extra work for your kids questions
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    • 22nd Sep 16, 2:31 PM
    Curriculm info and extra work for your kids questions 22nd Sep 16 at 2:31 PM
    Hi Guys,

    Not sure that is in the right section (sorry if its not) our eldest son is starting Year 3 in primary school and we wanted to do some extra work with him as we don't want to send him tuition; does anyone use a specific company or website where i can get current curriculm and work with him during the year.
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    • MallyGirl
    • By MallyGirl 22nd Sep 16, 2:34 PM
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    do you have concerns about how he is getting on at school?
    • Caroline_a
    • By Caroline_a 22nd Sep 16, 2:48 PM
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    Try keeping him away from screens, talk to him, enlarge his vocabulary, engage him in simple maths (I need 2 tins of beans, how much is that? when at the supermarket), show him things to engage his interest, flowers in the garden, worms and insects, birds. There's a world of knowledge around us, you don't need websites or tuition, you just need to help him to develop curiosity.
    • peachyprice
    • By peachyprice 22nd Sep 16, 3:19 PM
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    If you feel you need to give your child extra work to avoid tuition in Yr3 maybe it's a change of school that is necessary.

    No child without learning difficulties so early in their school life should need extra tuition or work beyond everyday communications to increase vocabulary, awareness of their surroundings and practical maths if they are receiving a good education.
    Last edited by peachyprice; 22-09-2016 at 4:46 PM. Reason: For the pedant
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    • teddysmum
    • By teddysmum 22nd Sep 16, 3:30 PM
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    No child so early in their school life should need extra tuition or work beyond everyday communications to increase vocabulary, awareness of their surroundings and practical maths if they are receiving a good education.
    Originally posted by peachyprice


    They may need help if they have special needs.(eg dyslexia)
    • welshbookworm
    • By welshbookworm 22nd Sep 16, 3:38 PM
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    Put sub-titles on TV programmes when they watch them.
    Recite the times tables
    Ask questions around everyday things eg. We need 4 forks and 4 knifes for dinner, how many pieces of cutlery is that.
    Listen to them read
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    • Oakdene
    • By Oakdene 22nd Sep 16, 3:41 PM
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    Put sub-titles on TV programmes when they watch them.
    Recite the times tables
    Ask questions around everyday things eg. We need 4 forks and 4 knifes for dinner, how many pieces of cutlery is that.
    Listen to them read
    Originally posted by welshbookworm
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    • onlyroz
    • By onlyroz 22nd Sep 16, 3:55 PM
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    At that age the most important thing is learning to read and learning the times tables. If you spend a little time on each of these each night then I wouldn't worry about piling on extra work.
    • lincroft1710
    • By lincroft1710 22nd Sep 16, 4:04 PM
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    We need 4 forks and 4 knifes for dinner, how many pieces of cutlery is that.
    Listen to them read
    Originally posted by welshbookworm
    I would never usually correct a spelling mistake, which in this case could possibly be a typo, but as this thread is about learning, the plural of knife is knives
    • peachyprice
    • By peachyprice 22nd Sep 16, 4:45 PM
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    They may need help if they have special needs.(eg dyslexia)
    Originally posted by teddysmum
    Well obviously, but OP didn't post that they wanted extra work for their dyslexic child.

    There you go, I altered my previous post.
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    • kingfisherblue
    • By kingfisherblue 22nd Sep 16, 5:10 PM
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    I agree with other posters - talk to your son, invite questions, help him to develop a curious mind. When you need an answer, use books to look things up. It's easier on Google, but using a book helps to develop skills such as finding words that are in alphabetical order, reading, spelling words correctly, estimating (for example, where in the book a certain page number is likely to be), and patience.

    If you want to help your son to develop further, you could consider putting his name down for Cubs (there might be a waiting list). He will learn about a wide variety of topics, from outdoor skills to life skills to crafts. It's great fun and doesn't feel as though it is all about learning - whereas sitting at a computer on educational websites might be a bit classroom-like after a day at school.

    It's also worth remembering that children still enjoy having books read to them at this age, as well as them needing to read to you. Joining the library is a good idea, as your son can read books of his own choosing. He's more likely to develop a love of reading if it isn't forced, but gently encouraged. Being a good role model is vital too, so make sure he sees you reading for pleasure.
    • BucksLady
    • By BucksLady 22nd Sep 16, 6:23 PM
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    Had you thought about asking the class teacher for suggestions as to how to help your son?
    • bellaboo86
    • By bellaboo86 22nd Sep 16, 6:31 PM
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    I would suggest getting your child to read to you. By the time a child has reached Y3, most don't read regularly to an adult. There is more to reading than just being able to say the words. There is inference and the ability to make plausible predicts. You can also discuss the author's use of language.
    Additionally, you could under take extra research about the topics he is learning at school. There are lots of really easy and fun science experiements that can be undertaken at home too.
    • liney
    • By liney 22nd Sep 16, 7:52 PM
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    Listen to him read everyday, and read to him everyday to model fluency. Ask him how the characters are feeling - how does he know? What might happen next - why do you think that? What is another words for X?

    Teach him to use a dictionary and make sure he really knows his alphabet!

    Recite, and help him learn, times tables - concentrate on one a week and he'll know them in no time.

    Bake and have him read the scales. Measure liquid.

    Ensure he can 'see' number bonds to 10 to help him with quick addition and subtraction.

    Insist he holds his pencil correctly!


    Teach him to tell the time.


    Refer to, and divide things into, simple fractions - 1/2, 1/4, 3/4 and 1/3 - many children struggle with the concept of fractions.

    Hope this helps: I teach primary.
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    • Top Girl
    • By Top Girl 22nd Sep 16, 9:05 PM
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    Watch Countdown with them. Learning and loving to play around with letters and numbers engages you both. My now 11 and a half year old loves it, especially if he 'beats' me
    • pollypenny
    • By pollypenny 23rd Sep 16, 8:14 AM
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    Reading, reading, reading and more reading. Foster a love of books, both fiction and non-fiction. Talk about what you're reading together.

    Visit castles and other places of interest. Sneak some maths and science into activities, too.

    But - nothing labelled 'extra work'! That'll be guaranteed to put him off.
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    • AylesburyDuck
    • By AylesburyDuck 23rd Sep 16, 10:48 AM
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    The only reason for extra work at this age would be if you answered yes to the below.

    do you have concerns about how he is getting on at school?
    Originally posted by MallyGirl

    Other than that, at this age without concerns you risk maybe an opposite effect of education being a chore.
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    • missbiggles1
    • By missbiggles1 23rd Sep 16, 11:24 AM
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    The only reason for extra work at this age would be if you answered yes to the below.




    Other than that, at this age without concerns you risk maybe an opposite effect of education being a chore.
    Originally posted by AylesburyDuck
    Most of the things people have suggested are normal parenting activities rather than extra work.
    • maman
    • By maman 23rd Sep 16, 11:40 AM
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    I'd agree that enrichment activities are good to help build up general knowledge and vocabulary. Most importantly talk to him and listen to him. Encourage him to express his opinions and express his reasons for things. That's something that's difficult at school with large classes. If you do that and encourage reading both together and listening to him reading aloud then you'll be doing things the school can't easily offer.


    Encourage hobbies and interests particularly involving other children. Teach him to swim and ride a bike if he can't already do so.


    After that I'd talk to his teacher and find out if there's any particular area that he needs extra support with and ask how best to help him. Many schools also tell parents what the current theme is for the half term so you could plan visits to museums or parks or other places of interest to back this up. If your school doesn't do this then ask.
    • clw1
    • By clw1 23rd Sep 16, 12:26 PM
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    We aimed to do about 20 - 30 mins homework 5 times a week with our year 3 child which was the amount advised by the school. We did either the homework set by the school (spelling, maths & SPAG) or used Bond books for Maths and English. Personally we liked the books as there was a mix of questions etc (they are available in WH Smiths, amazon etc).

    We also played games with him on the tablet for times tables - Math Duel, squeebles times tables, quick math and daydream multiplication were some that the school suggested.

    And we also read with him each evening as part of bedtime.
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