We will keep this page updated with any links that we see as important to parents in school:
Courses For Parents
Use the code JON70 to create an account and access courses for free.
Keeping Your Child Safe Online:
Spending more time indoors means that children may be spending more time online, but its important to keep them safe. National Online Safety have some great guides on certain platforms including Minecraft, Fortnite and Roblox. Its important to keep communicating with your child about the games they play, and what contact they have with online players.
The NSPCC have some great tips on signs of online bullying, grooming, sending images and sharing personal information online, and in-game purchases; giving advice on how to handle these situations, and providing helpful animated videos that you can watch together and talk about.
Its also important to remember that young people use platforms such as Discord and Reddit to text, call and video chat while playing games. Its important to monitor these interactions and make sure you know the person your child is taking to.
With the current pandemic, children may see frightening content online. Some of this may be fake news or just distressing content. It is important to have conversations with your child about what's happening in the world, and how they feel. Here is a helpful page on how to talk to your child about Coronavirus, including virtual contact with family and friends, and also creating a routine for day to day life. If you are worried about your child's mental health, its best to book an appointment with your GP.
As children start to explore the internet, they may come across content that isn't suitable for their age, or that may upset them or worry them. Its important to reassure your child that what they may have seen is not appropriate for their age, and reassure that they can come to you if they feel they've seen something inappropriate. Net Aware has detailed profiles on platforms online, along with instructions on how to block content on social media.
Supporting Your Child When Reading and Writing at Home
You can find a copy of the letter formations we teach at Brooke, and the ages at which they are introduced here. Please note that this is the current expectation for children in Year 1 and beyond.
Letters and Sounds is the resource we use at Brooke to support the systematic teaching of phonics. Children begin the Letters and Sounds programme at the start of their Reception year, and continue this throughout Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2). Both Toucans/Lions and Tigers classes have a 20 minute phonics session every morning.
Letters and Sounds is separated into six phases - your child's teacher will be able to tell you which phase your child is currently working on.
When reading with your child at home, helping them to pronounce the sounds they are learning correctly is really important. If you'd like to know more about how each sound is pronounced, click here.