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Poppleton Ousebank Primary School Poppleton Ousebank Primary School
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Helping your child to learn at home

Ways to support learning and development at home


  • Encourage independence e.g. toileting, washing hands, eating, using cutlery.
  • Encourage them to get dressed independently e.g. practise taking off and putting on a coat and shoes.
  • Show them how to do different fastenings e.g. buttons, zips. This strengthens muscles and develops fine motor control.
  • Share stories together every day. Ask questions as you read. Can you guess what is happening from the pictures?
  • Retell familiar stories together. What happens next? Which is your favourite part?
  • Sing simple nursery rhymes and songs. This will give your child some of the skills they need to start reading.
  • Count anything and everything both at home and outdoors e.g. as you climb the stairs or choose the apples when shopping.
  • Recognising numbers and shapes. Help your child to spot numbers and shapes in their environment, go on a number or shape hunt.
  • Talk to your child about changes in the weather and things they observe outdoors.
  • As you cook food give them opportunities to build strength in their fingers by practising using kitchen utensils and cutlery.
  • Develop gross motor skills e.g. play outside, climb, jump, dance, play football, go for a walk, scoot, swim, ride a bike.
  • Encourage your child to tidy up and respect their own and others belongings.
  • Talk to your child about starting Nursery, meeting new friends and playing with different things.
  • Have fun together - following their curiosities and interests.

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“Capturing the Imagination of Young Minds”

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