Supporting your child's learning

Support Your Child's Learning

The research is conclusive. Children do better when their parents are engaged with learning at home. Alongside regular, on-going home-school communication and Parent Workshops, on this page, we aim to provide you with tools, suggestions and resources that will help you support your child's learning.

Parent’s active engagement with their children’s school and their learning is the most important long-term influence on academic success and behaviour. Bewick Bridge is committed to securing strong home school relationships to ensure this.  Our school calendar will keep you up to date with what is ahead and we send weekly reminders via the Friday Newsletter. 

Top ways to get involved:

Focus on Learning

At Bewick Bridge, learning is at the heart of all we do.  We are trying to encourage the pupils to think more about what they are learning - research has shown that carefully thinking about and reflecting on what you are learning can have a big impact on how well you learn. We have come up with some questions that we will be using regularly with all children (and adults) at the school to focus them on their learning. Perhaps you could use some of them too.

Top Tips for how to support your child at home 

Making time to support your child with their schoolwork can be a struggle. Especially on top of working, the shopping, cooking a meal, bath time and all the hundreds of other jobs that parents have to complete on a daily basis. Here a few handy tips and hints to make supporting school work more manageable allowing you to offer the best support possible to your child. Remember, it doesn’t have to be hours each day. All help you can give will be beneficial.

1) Let kids have some wind down time after school. Their minds have been active all day so get them some time to play and switch off. Getting them to do homework as soon as you get home probably isn’t wise. Choose the right time, not too near bedtime as they’ll be worn-out, but perhaps after a meal so they are refreshed.

2) Get organised. Consider a family calendar to keep track of school dates, homework and other assignments. A weekly overview of what needs to be done and by when can be so hopeful and ensures nothing gets missed. Get into a good school routine too, organised pack lunches, uniform, school bags and homework the night before.

3) Decide on a homework routine and stick to it. Having a set time slot every day will help. They still won’t like to do it, but they’ll know it’s coming. Ten minutes of reading or homework a day can be much more effective than an hour a week. Be consistent.

4) Provide a special space where your child can complete homework undisturbed. A seat round the dining table, a desk in their room or a cushion in a cosy corner; wherever your child works best. Ensure they have all the tools they need: pens, paper, books and any other relevant resources. Keep the homework space calm and distraction free, preferably away from TVs and video games.

5) Don’t do their homework for them, no matter how much they nag and moan! Offer them support and guidance, but don’t give them the answers. Your child won’t learn if they aren’t doing it themselves.

6) If time is an issue, consider asking extended family for help, can they spare ten minutes to help with homework or hear your child read? Chances are they’ll relish the opportunity to spend some extra time with them. If you have more than one school-age child, make it a homework club and get them helping each other.

7) Make time to talk with your child, whether it’s on the walk home, over dinner or during bath time. A conversation between parent and child can uncover needs and perspectives of which the teacher may be unaware. Finding out information about a child’s day can be tricky. Try asking them direct and specific questions such as ‘What was the best thing about school today?’ or ‘How would you rate your day at school out of 10? Why? These are much more effective than ‘What did you do today?’ Ensure you always feedback any concerns to the teacher.

8) Most importantly: don’t worry. You don’t have to know the technical terms or strategies used in school, encouragement and support is enough and can give the children the confidence they need. If you’re unsure of something or don’t know the answer yourself, then explain that to your child and find a way to learn the information together. Search for the information together on the Internet or in a book, or speak with the class teacher about it.

Phonics Support

Reading Journals

Time and time again, research shows that learning to read - and to love to read - is directly linked to children's success at school and beyond.  As parents, you can make a big difference to your child’s success as a reader by encouraging your child to read as much and as widely as possible at home. A short daily reading session at home can make all the difference to your child’s progress. This can be listening to your child read, reading alongside your child, reading to your child, or listening to someone else read (i.e. audiobooks or online read aloud). Keep your eye out for regular ideas and suggestions for how you can help your child develop as a reader in the school’s newsletter.

Supporting your child's writing at home: top tips from

Science: Great activities to do with your child at home

Here are five fun activities you can do at home with your child using just household objects. Warning: you WILL make a mess, and that’s half the fun!

Professor Robert Winston writes:

“Helping children learn about science isn’t just about nurturing the scientists of the future. It’s about ensuring every child develops a natural curiosity about the world around them, so they start to think analytically about situations.

Why is this important? Well – if you think about it – so many of today’s decisions require you to be analytical and ask the kind of questions a scientist would.

How much red meat should I be eating? Do the health claims of a product add up? Should we be building more nuclear power stations?

An understanding of science is behind so many of today’s decisions, let alone tomorrow’s. If we want a better society, we have to give even the youngest children a fantastic introduction to science.

Growth Mindset

Fixed Mindset: People believe that their intelligence or talents are set and can’t be changed. They spend their time documenting their intelligence/talents instead of developing them.

Growth Mindset: People believe that their abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work. Brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.

How to praise your child to build success

Perhaps the most significant aspect for the adult in developing a growth mindset culture is to use praise language which focuses on achievement and effort, and to encourage growth mindset mantras which reinforce the message.

Some examples of appropriate praise and encouragement language used successfully by teachers and parents.


MindUp is a programme designed to teach children about the neuroscience of their brain, how to self-regulate their behaviour and mindfully engage in focused concentration required for academic and personal success.

MindUp aims to build resilience, reduce stress and anxiety, improve concentration and academic performance. As children develop an understanding of the brain science linking emotions, thoughts and behaviours, they apply this knowledge and understanding to managing their emotions and behaviour more effectively. They develop greater empathy for others and are more optimistic and happy.

The MindUp programme consists of 16 lessons (see document below for details) and the Core Practice of focused breathing practised three times a day.

The philosophy and practices embedded in the MindUp programme compliment the work we do around Growth Mindset and Personal Learning Goals.

Other Resources to support the teaching of mindfulness to children

Mindfulness animated in three minutes - a short video explaining mindfulness

A mindful minute - 3 fun mindfulness activities to do with children