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Learning at Home

At Lane End Reading will be the main expectation of work to be completed at home.  Being a good reader is the key to making great progress in all areas of the learning.


10 Benefits of Reading


  1. Children who read and share books often get better at reading.
  2. Reading exercises our brain. (Reading strengthens brains connections and builds NEW connections.)
  3. Reading improves concentration.
  4. Reading teaches children about the world around them.
  5. Reading improves vocabulary and language skills. (Children learn new words as they read. It helps them understand how sentences are built.)
  6. Reading develops a child's imagination. (The words they read build pictures in their mind and helps developing an understanding of characters and the world around them.)
  7. Reading helps children to develop understanding of feelings and care for others.
  8. Reading is fun.
  9. Reading is a great way to spend time together. (Reading together on the sofa, bedtime stories and visiting the library are just some ways of spending time together.)
  10. Children who read achieve better in school. (Children who are good readers tend to achieve better across all subjects in school.)


Reading at home

We love to read in Silver Birch class. Please ask us about our reading books and help us to read them at home. We would love it if we could have 3 reads at home per week. We have a special reading challenge and everytime the children read 3 times they will move up the chart. If most of us get to the top we can have a class party! 

Learning Opportunities at Home


We also have a number of online learning opportunities that your child can enjoy at home - to continue building  and apply their skills and understanding. These include Mathletics and Education City. Links to these can be found in the 'Kids Zone' and your child's class teacher have given them log in details for both. The children will know which challenges they need to complete as well as being able to explore these platforms for other learning activities. 


If you wish to support your child's learning in other ways too, you will have information about the areas of learning your child will be focusing on in class, explained in the curriculum newsletters that come home every half term. These  can also be found on this website, under each topic heading icon. For example,  you could work with your child to find out more about the history, geography or science topics that they are learning about.


Also your child’s teacher will on occasion set extra challenges, for you to try at home and they might ask you and your children to send pictures to the parents email - to share your experiences.


We love to sing our counting songs. Click on the links below to practise at home. 

Count by 1's to 50

Count by 1's to 50 both forward and backwards in this exercise and count song. Count to 50 by 1's. Count backwards from 50. Counting song for kids. Exercise and count with Jack Hartmann and make brain and body connections.

Count to 100

Teach your children to count to 100 as they get some great exercise too. This cool kid-friendly song starts out with a message about staying healthy and fit and having fun counting to 100 together. It's a great count to 100 song for Kindergarten.


Phonics Song

It's a phonics song with a picture for each letter. This is designed to help children learn the sounds of the letters in the English alphabet. Written and performed by A.J.Jenkins Copyright 2009 A.J.Jenkins/KidsTV123. All rights reserved. This is an ORIGINAL song written in 2009 - any copying is illegal.

Red words to practise

Year 1 Common Exception Words to read and spell