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Mrs A. Timneya.timney@stokesleyschool.org01642 710050
Mr W. Hamerw.hamer@stokesleyschool.org01642 710050
Miss L. Foxl.fox@stokesleyschool.org01642 710050
Mr P. Outhwaitep.outhwaite@stokesleyschool.org01642 710050
Mrs M. Masonm.mason@stokesleyschool.org01642 710050
Mrs S. McGreals.mcgreal@stokesleyschool.org01642 710050

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How parents can help

How Parents Can Help As parents ourselves, we know how daunting it can be to work out how best we can support our children without seeming always to be asking what homework they have. Here we have put together just a few ideas for you to try. It is in no way exhaustive, or indeed essential, but it’s here if you’re looking for something to try. If you have any other questions or queries about how best you can support your child in their English studies, please don’t hesitate to be in touch with your child’s English Teacher.

  1. Talk to your child about what they’re doing in their English lessons. If life seems too busy, use car time to talk with your child. There’s no phone or television to interfere. No one can get up and leave. And they know they really have your ear.
  2. Read what they’re reading. Find out what book your child is reading in their English lessons and have a read for yourself. Even better, re-read the bits that they’ve read at school together in the evenings. They’ll be more confident reading out loud if they’ve already covered the section once before. Talk about the characters and the things that happen in the book as much as you can.
  3. Go to the library together, even if it’s just to have a look around.
  4. Encourage your child to go to the library at school, or to ask their English teacher to take them in lesson time.
  5. Ensure that your child always has a reading book with them, whether this is at school or when they’re going on a long car journey, or visiting a relative. It’s a great habit to get into.
  6. If you have a reluctant reader, consider an e-reader such as a kindle as a present. Boys in particular tend to find books more accessible when they’re in electronic form.
  7. Buy a newspaper and read it together. As well as reading the articles, discuss what you have read and encourage your child to express their own opinions.
  8. Watch the news together. It doesn’t have to be the full news (although this is great), Newsround is on CBBC at 4.20pm every day at and there’s also a website (http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/) with quizzes and extra articles. I love it!
  9. Buy your child books as rewards when they have done well (or better still take them to a bookshop and choose one together) so that they see them as a positive thing. Let them see you (or an older sibling) buying a book too.
  10. Have a word or the day or the week on the fridge and set yourselves the challenge of all using it at some point. This will be a good point of conversation when you all get home in the evening. There are some great websites that have these on (you can set up a free account with Oxford Dictionaries online and they will email you a word of the day http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/words/word-of-the-day every morning!)
  11. Encourage your child to write letters to relatives or (if they’re really confident) to someone in power (for example an MP) letting them know their views on a particular issue.
  12. Encourage your child to speak in public (and on the phone) as much as possible. We all communicate digitally so much these days that it’s important we remember the rules of polite conversation whenever we can!
  13. Correct their grammar when you hear that they’re wrong and explain to them why you’re doing this (job interviews, university interviews in the future etc)
  14. Be aware that your attitudes about school and education affect your child, if you hated English at school (and I’m aware some of you will have done!) don’t let on to your child!