Learning at Home

The best support a parent can give to their child is to take an interest in their school life. Practising reading by being heard every night always makes an impact on how quickly they learn to read in
school. It is also important to channel children’s energy into activities such as swimming, visiting
places of interest and taking part in out of school activities to keep them happy, healthy and
motivated.

At St Philip’s we will ensure:

  1. Nursery children can take part in shared reading as their first experience of homework.
  2. Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils have a reading book and a library book to read at home.
  3. Homework will be set according to a child’s ability and we will not set homework they do not
    know how to do.
  4. Children will have all the resources they need to carry out their homework.

Towards the end of their time with us Year 6 are expected to take extra English and Maths to work
on at home during the week. This is designed to help prepare them for secondary school.

1-2-1 sessions are coordinated by the school team and provide additional lessons to meet specific needs of children. Your child may be invited to a 6 week course which is run outside of the school day by staff at school.

Please find a link to the Salford Libraries website on the left. This gives you information about activities and services that you and your families can access to help you when you are working with your child at home. 

E-safety:

As you may be aware, children can access a range of social media and apps. It is important to remember that social media has age restrictions and that software developers are constantly changing and updating their apps.

If your child has a social media account, please follow the guidance on the age restrictions. Please also make sure that the privacy settings are high and you know who children are in contact or friends with. Please report anything that you find and talk to your children about how to keep themselves safe online – particularly talking to people they don’t know.

We would also like to make you aware of the latest changes with regards to Snapchat – where children’s locations can be identified. You can download this leaflet (on the left hand side) or collect a hard copy from the school office.

ONLINE SAFETY ADVICE – CYBERBULLYING IN SOCIAL MEDIA

There has been a recent report in the media of another disturbing online ‘game’.  The alleged form of cyberbullying spreads through social media and mobile phones.  It is hard to know whether these games are real, where they come from and what to do about it.   Parents and teachers will undoubtedly be worried about the effects of these rumours, and whether it’s real or not, it can still be scary for children.

Here are six ideas that may help:

Do Your Research

Find out and learn more about what children are getting up to while online.  Find out what your child is looking at, and judge for yourself if it’s appropriate.

Talk To Your Child

Knowing how to block and report inappropriate content can help to start to make a difference.  Look at Thinkuknow (the link can be found on the left hand side of this page). The website is connected to police and CEOP and offers advice that’s targeted appropriately to the age of your child.

Take Them Seriously

It doesn’t matter if the fear is real or proportionate, if it’s scaring your child, it’s worth listening. 

Understand Technology

It can be hard keeping up with which app, game or social messaging service kids are using. If you want the latest on the latest technology, consider checking out parentzone.  There are sections ranging from explaining the game Fortnite, to what game age ratings really mean. 

Also look at the National Online Safety website and the Net Aware website that provides updates and guides. Links are available on the left hand side of this screen.

Report Any Serious Risk of Harm

Take a look at the CEOP online safety centre. You can make a report to one of CEOP’s Child Protection Advisors if you are worried about online sexual abuse, or the way someone has been communicating with your child online.