Evidence and research has shown that working with your child on their homework can have a positive effect on their development. Parents, carers and other family members can and do make a real difference to children’s education. When parents and schools work together, children do better. Children learn a great deal at pre-school and school and you can add to that learning by supporting them at home. For example, showing an interest in their homework and talking to them about it really helps them to learn. With support and encouragement, children find it easier to get into the homework habit.
Through setting homework we aim to help your child:
- learn how to organise and manage their time
- take more responsibility for their own learning
- practise and build on what they have learned at school
- develop confidence to deal with frustrations
- learn and work independently in the future.
Our current guidelines for homework can be found in each class’ information booklet.
Did you know?
- When schools and families work together, children do better.
- Children learn something well when they talk about it or explain it to someone else, so asking your child about their homework really helps them.
- Children who do homework regularly throughout their time at school benefit from the equivalent of roughly an extra year’s schooling.
- Between the ages of 5 and 16, children spend only 15% of their lives in school so supporting them at home really improves their chances of success.
- Parents and families are by far the most important influences on children’s lives.
Here are some interesting websites you may like to view:
- Parentzone parentzonescotland.gov.uk
- Channel 4 Homework High channel4.com/homework
- BBC Parents bbc.co.uk/schools/parents
- BBC Bitesize bbc.co.uk/schools/revision
- BBC DynaMo bbc.co.uk/education/dynamo/parents
- Grid Club gridclub.com
- Parents Online parentsonline.gov.uk
- ParentLine Scotland, Tel: 0808 800 2222 parentlinescotland.org.uk
- One Parent Families Scotland,13 Gayfield Square, Edinburgh EH1 3NX Tel: 0800 018 5026 opfs.org.uk
- Parent Network Scotland Tel: 0131 555 6780 parentnetworkscotland.org.uk
This link could also help if you were wondering how can I help support my child? http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/Images/ParentsAsPartnersFactfile_tcm4-631966.pdf
Maths Home Learning
Many parents have asked about helping to keep their children safe online. Staff continually remind children about safe searches and tips on how best to keep themselves safe using the internet and messaging other people. Many teachers use resources from the Edinburgh DLT site to help. This is available for parents and carers too at: Digital Learning Team It’s a super site with lots of practical ideas and ways to support your child. There are many links as well including:
Resources for Parents
■Better Internet for Kids – Three-minute animation tackles the parental concern of ‘Who are your kids talking to online?’ providing practical tips for parents to help their children stay safe. At the end of the animation, eight informative tip sheets give practical advice on how to deal with a variety of issues that youngsters might encounter online, including: Privacy on social networks, Online gaming, Blocking, Risks online, Online friends, Meeting strangers, Personal information, and Online reputation.
■Net Aware – Stay up to date with the latest apps, sites and social media popular with young people. Learn about age restrictions, benefits and potential risks of each app etc.
■Safer in 7 Seconds – Short videos created for busy parents, carers and child protection specialists to keep you up-to-date on safety online. Particularly useful are the short clips which help adults ensure that their children have the correct privacy settings on social media sites.
■Childnet Parents – A comprehensive presentation for parents covering many aspects of Digital Safety. Some statistics are slightly out of date but the presentation can be altered once it is downloaded.
■Common Sense Media for Parents – Excellent articles and videos giving information about how to keep your children safe online.
■Education Scotland Internet Safety Parents– Internet Safety – Internet Safety and responsible use- information for teachers and parents, video from Education Scotland. Ollie Bray, National Adviser on Emerging Technologies, discusses Internet safety issues.
■respectme, Scotlands Anti-Bullying Service – respectme‘s website offers practical advice and guidance for adults on addressing bullying behaviour.
■Digizen – provides advice and information for parents on a range of Internet safety issues.
■Esafety Australia Gov – A toolkit of Internet safety information aimed at parents and adults.
■Google Family Safety Centre – is aimed at parents looking at how to keep their family safe online.
■ Vodaphone Digital Parenting – Online Digital Parenting Magazine produced by Vodafone. Hard copies of the free magazine are also available for UK schools to order on behalf of parents.
■GCF Learning – 7 tutorials designed for anybody who wants to improve their basic knowledge of how to keep children safe online.
■Practical Tips for Parents – Useful, non-prescriptive tips for parents who would like to monitor their child’s digital activity at home. This was made by Brian Clark from Portobello High School and is particularly useful for parents whose child has been given an iPad by their school:
Using the ipad & Internet, Some Practical Tips for Parents
Here are some non-prescriptive tips that might help you monitor your youngster’s digital activity when they are using the iPad, Internet or any Internet enabled device.
Share the Experience
• Ask your youngster to demonstrate the way they use their iPad for school.
• Ask your youngster to teach to you how to use the iPad.
• Have a play with the iPad and apps by yourself to better understand how they work.
• Talk about Internet activities openly and freely.
• Have your youngster use the iPad in a shared family area where you can monitor how long your child is online as well as the websites your child is visiting.
• The case provided with the iPad allows the device to comfortably sit on a table at an angle, allowing you to view activities.
• You may want to consider
o where in the house the iPad can be used.
o where it is to be stored when not in use.
• Staff set a variety of tasks to be completed at home, some of which require iPad use and some don’t.
• Teachers use a variety of learning environments on the iPad, such as Edmodo and Showbie. If your youngster uses these for a subject, you can request a parent access code that will allow you to see the materials/work/tasks that the teacher has set. You will need internet access to view this.
• Youngsters are encouraged to record homework, important dates etc. on their iPad using the calendar.
• A good night’s sleep is important for everyone. Beware of allowing your youngster to take their iPad to bed.
• You can check the history in Safari or any web browser they may have used.
General Internet Safety
• If you would like further information about how to set up filtering of your own Internet provision at home, contact your Internet Service Provider. Some useful information relating to the main broadband providers can be found on the Think You Know Website:
Think You Know
E.A.L. English as an Additional Language
Many of our families are arriving from Poland. Please find the document below which can hopefully help you with some useful information: