Helping Your Child

Helping Your Child at Home

Welcome to the ‘Helping your child at home’ section on our website. Here you will find some useful tips on supporting your child’s learning at home.

One of the most important and useful things you can do at home is read regularly with your child. This should involve reading to them, as well as listening to them read to you. Reading to your child can really help promote a love of reading and books and provides your child with a role model for reading. Children of all ages should read aloud regularly, it allows them to practise reading with expressions and can be great fun. It also allows you to discuss the text with your child and ask questions about meaning, ensuring they have understood what they have read.


Visit the website below to find information about supporting your child’s learning, including ‘10 Tips on Hearing Your Child Read’.


Please follow the links below for a video on how to support your child with the following subjects



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Working in Partnership With Parents


You can help us to help your child in a number of ways by:


  • making sure your child wears our school uniform
  • making sure they bring what they need (e.g. PE kit, book bag, coat etc)
  • helping your child with their work at home (see below)
  • coming along to watch your child at school events whenever you can
  • coming into school as a volunteer if you have the free time to do so
  • joining in with the activities run by our parent group FoSS (Friends of Scarcroft School)


Children make the best progress when they are able to practise at home some of the new skills they are learning in school. This particularly applies to:


Reception pupils:


  • learning their letter sounds
  • learning to read and spell key words
  • learning their letter names
  • counting


Infant pupils:


  • reading at home to an adult 3 times a week
  • learning to spell simple words
  • learning number bonds - numbers that add up to 10
  • learning simple times tables (eg. 2s & 10s)


  • practising their homework game


Junior pupils:


  • reading at home to an adult 3 times a week
  • learning weekly times tables
  • Practising spellings (look, cover, write, check)
  • Weekly English/Maths task (Y5&6)
  • practising their homework game (Y3&4)




  • In the Early Years Foundation Stage the emphasis of Homework activities is on learning Letters & Sounds and practising reading at home.
  • In Years 1 and 2 the emphasis remains on spelling and reading, to be practised at home. There are additional tasks for number bonds and times tables. There is also a half-termly Homework game to reinforce key skills.
  • In Lower Key Stage 2 the emphasis is on practising key spellings, regular reading to an adult and times tables practice carried out at home. There is also a half-termly Homework game to reinforce key skills.  Housepoints are used to reward pupils for carrying out these activities
  • In Upper Key Stage 2 the emphasis is also on weekly spelling, reading and times tables practice, carried out regularly at home.  Additional activities, selected from English and Maths or Topic Work, are also sent home.  These activities are not considered to be optional at the top of the school. The school works with parents to ensure that all homework in Years 5 & 6 is completed and returned to school on time.
  • The school provides a free Homework Club on Thursday lunchtimes to assist any pupil in KS2 who struggles to find time to complete their homework at home.