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St John’s Stonefold CE Primary School

Rising Bridge Road, Rising Bridge, Accrington BB5 2SW
Tel: 01706 216706

“Learn with a Smile”

Converting a comic strip into correctly written speech is one of the best ways to practise the correct punctuation.  Children can also look carefully at the comic strip and think of an ADVERBIAL to place on the end of the speech - just from examining the picture:

"Where are you off to?" asked Dennis, jumping out of bed. Here, ' jumping out of bed' is the adverbial phrase.

How can you help your child to progress through the National Curriculum and enjoy school?

Remember you are your child's number one teacher!!

Learn Those Tables

Tables make maths easier.  Much easier!  They need to be known instantly.  It is not enough for a child to be able to recite: 6, 12, 18, 24, 30 - he/she needs to recite: one six is six, two sixes are twelve - and so on.  

A child who is fully confident with tables can answer any tables question in any order. Tables become crucial from year 3 onwards.  Write this list on a piece of paper and give it to your child.  If they can answer them all in less than 90 seconds then they can confidently handle tables.  If they can 't - then they need to practise/sing/chant - over and over again until they become instant.  Try these in 90 seconds:
7x7  9x6  6x5  9x3  7x2  8x7  6x4  9x9  5x8  4x7  6x8 5x0  8x4  5x3  7x6  5x5  9x8  3x9  8x3  9x4

Get it down to 60 seconds and your child really is a tables champion!

For even better mastery of tables - try reversing them with division questions at speed.  Children are not usually as strong in using this approach.

Note Taking is a Key Skill

For junior children, being able to take notes is a very important skill to take up to secondary school.  The idea is to read a text and write down the main points in as few words as possible.  

Writing Speech - Convert Comic Strips

Children are usually taught punctuation in the following order:

 Many children - when writing speech, miss the important 'new speaker/new line rule.  They also miss the final comma before typically closing speech, and often that last important full stop:

"Hello" said Fred - instead of "Hello," said Fred.