Knowing your child as a learner

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How to Support your Son/Daughter with their Learning Thomas Hardye School

Three Truths • You don’t need to be an expert in Maths, Science, English etc etc • You do need to make time to talk • Positivity and expectations are everything

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The Basics How can YOU make the difference? -Know your child as a learner -Literacy - Reading, writing, listening speaking

Knowing how to learn • Being ready to learn

• Knowing how you learn

Being ready to learn • It’s time for a test…

So, being in the right frame of mind is vital As a parent, you can help this to happen by… -Being relentlessly optimistic -Using positive presuppositions -Emphasising the positives; don’t dwell on errors -Picking your battles – let them listen to music! -Not joining in the anxiety – be a model of calm confidence -Not continually referring to how you worked at school, or to how siblings worked etc

Knowing how you Learn -Visual -Auditory -Kinaesthetic

How do YOU learn best?

Helping at Home Be aware of your child’s learning preferences Create an environment that supports learning (ready to learn) Be armed with a few basic strategies Be available

Learning Strategies Invent and learn mnemonics

For example, Romeo and Juliet…

Romeo and Juliet • R =


• O=

Order vs Chaos





• O=

Old vs Young

Learning Strategies Read one page in five (and a whole book in an hour) Read just the introductions and conclusion to chapters (and a whole book in an hour)

Learning Strategies Reduce everything you know on a topic to 500 words, then to 200, then to 50, then to 10. Write those ten on a card for the morning of the exam

Learning Strategies Get your child to show you Frog

Use the internet or buy revision guides Watch BBC Bitesize

Learning Strategies Make flow charts, diagrams, graphs, drawings as well as notes.

Learning Strategies Go to after-school homework clubs

Learning Strategies Make mind maps, put them on your wall and add to them every day

Learning Strategies • Work with a friend to teach each other

Learning Strategies

Reviewing Learning: at the end of each day, write everything you have learned in very quick bullet points. And then read them first thing in the morning.

Learning Environment • • • • • •

The place The time The calm Food and drink Built in rest time Physical activity

Parents… • • • • • • •

Know how your son/daughter learns best Know when they learn best Know where they learn best Give them the space and the opportunities Be positive & encouraging; don’t dwell on errors Get involved Don’t join in the anxiety; be a model of serene confidence

If in doubt, contact us… Tim Ennion - [email protected] College Leaders: Terri Brook (Trenchard) - [email protected] Jon Dean (Napier) - [email protected] Keith Johnson (Henning) - [email protected] Paul O’Donnell (Stratford) - [email protected] Literacy Advice: Gill Howard – [email protected]

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