FAQs

General

Which websites will I need passwords for?
  • The following sites are those that require usernamse and passwords
  • Purple Mash
  • Spag.com (Spellings, Punctuation and Grammar)
  • My Maths
  • Marvellous Me

Should you require help with any of these please email using the address below with the name of your child and year group and someone will get back to you with help. Alternately use the school office email address homelearning@woodchurch-pri.wirral.sch.uk

Can I contact staff on Facebook messenger or Twitter?

Any contact with staff, including questions about help with a lesson should be through the ‘homelearning’ or schooloffice emails and not Facebook messenger or Twitter.

What should a normal day home learning look like?
  • Parents and carers should refer to the Home Learning Information Folder, on the Home Learning Page, on the school website.

Within this section is a letter with advice and guidance regarding how to plan and structure your child’s day at home.

Phonics

How do we use what the children have learnt in phonics to help our children with reading and writing?

When we teach early read we start with single letter sounds such as:

s-a-t            p-i-n

We use actions so that the children recognise the letter and match it to the sound and action. This is done in Foundation2 with the children once they are familiar with sounds they are encouraged to put those sounds together to make words such as:
peg, sit, nit

Once the children are familiar with singular sounds in year one they are then taught that 2 or 3 letters can go together to make one sound. For example:

oa    as in    boat.

All of the sounds the children have learnt so far in class are in the phonics packs which were sent home a few weeks ago. These packs contain all phonemes the children are expected to know by the end of Year 1 so some will be new to the children as they will not have been taught them yet

When a child wants to write a word like coat we encourage them to sound it out and record the letters to make the word. For example

c-oa-t.

When a child is when reading we they do the same with new or unfamiliar word and break it down into its sounds before blending them together. For example

sp-oi-l    spoil

It’s important that children have plenty of practice to ensure they have quick recall of each and every phoneme.

Reading

What can I do to help my child develop their reading skills?

Key Stage 1
Try to read with your child every day. This only needs to be for about 10 minutes.

Here are some ideas that you could use to help develop their reading skills:

  • You read a page; they read a page
  • Make up your own story based on the illustrations
  • Read a little, then predict what might happen next - your child could draw what they think will happen.
  • Ask your child to find certain words on a page
  • Sequence the story - what happened first, then, next and last of all...
  • Try telling the story from another character's point of view
  • Look at non- fiction books - how are they different from story books?
  • Ask questions:
    • what was...?
    • why did...?
  • Read the story to a favourite toy
  • Think of some questions to ask somebody else about the book you have just read.
  • Draw a picture of your favourite character - why do you like them/ write down some questions to ask them.
  • Read and follow a set of instructions to do something
  • Most importantly, for all children regardless of their age is for you to read to your child. Sharing stories together and children listening to stories and poems regularly is one of the most important things you can do to promote their reading. There's always plenty to talk about after the book as you both share what you have enjoyed etc.

Most importantly, for all children regardless of their age is for you to read to your child. Sharing stories together and children listening to stories and poems regularly is one of the most important things you can do to promote their reading. There's always plenty to talk about after the book as you both share what you have enjoyed etc.

Reading with your child every day is still important for children in KS2, particularly in Years 3 and 4.

In Years 5 and 6 often enjoy the opportunity to read together as well. Ideally, for those children who are competent readers, encourage them to read to themselves every day for at least 10 minutes

Here are some ideas that you could you could use at home together:

  • You read a page; they read a page
  • Predict what will happen next
  • Read a chapter then write a seven sentence story about what happened in that chapter
  • Re-design the front cover
  • Write your own follow on story
  • What was your favourite part and why?
  • Design a quiz based on a non-fiction book
  • Record yourself reading aloud - (this works well with poetry)
  • Design a poster to encourage other people to read the book.
  • Find given words in the text (fastest finger)
  • Read a scene - draw a picture of it and annotate
  • Create a map of the story
  • Tell me - tell me what you liked. tell me what you disliked/ tell me what questions you have/ tell me what the story reminded you of

Most importantly, for all children regardless of their age is for you to read to your child. Sharing stories together and children listening to stories and poems regularly is one of the most important things you can do to promote their reading. There's always plenty to talk about after the book as you both share what you have enjoyed etc.

Free School Meals

What's the difference? Who gets a voucher?

Universal Infant Free School Meals were introduced by the government in 2014 to give all children, regardless of their economic background, a meal at school at lunchtime. It was a great idea to give all children a hot meal at school helping many families by saving them dinner money or money buying food to make packed lunches. It was for everyone – no application needed!

Free School Meals have been around for much longer than this. They were introduced many years ago to help low income families. Parents had to apply for this benefit and were eligible due to certain benefits they obtained.

More recently, the government linked this means tested benefit, to providing additional money to support children in school called Pupil Premium. The school get additional pupil premium money into their budget based on the numbers of pupils eligible to free school meals.

This has led to some understandable confusion. Only parents who have a means tested, registered entitlement to free school meals will get the £15 voucher.

I've lost my job – might I be entitled now?

Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:

  1. Income Support
  2. income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  3. income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  4. support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  5. the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  6. Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  7. Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  8. Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

If you think you may now be entitled to means tested free school meals for your children, you need to contact your child’s school. They will help you but need information from you, such as your national insurance number, to do this.

Contact Woodchurch C of E Primary School.

I've been furloughed and my income has fallen – might I be entitled now?

If you are not entitled now, once the school has the relevant details from you and enters it into the system, you will automatically be notified if you become entitled to means tested free school meals. In the meantime, there are other sources of support available to you in the community. Please visit www.wirral.gov.uk/emergency-food for information on accessing help with food or call the Council Coronavirus helpline on 0151 666 5050, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

Your child’s school wants to help you with this but can only allocate the vouchers according to the government criteria. You need to provide the information to help them check if you qualify.

Contact Woodchurch C of E Primary School.