TS3a: have a secure knowledge of the relevant subject(s) and curriculum areas, foster and maintain pupils’ interest in the subject, and address misunderstandings
TS3e: if teaching early mathematics, demonstrate a clear understanding of appropriate teaching strategies.
TS4c: set homework and plan other out-of-class activities to consolidate and extend the knowledge and understanding pupils have acquired
TS5b: have a secure understanding of how a range of factors can inhibit pupils’ ability to learn, and how best to overcome these
TS8e: communicate effectively with parents with regard to pupils’ achievements and well-being.
Having looked into the role and influence of parents on their children’s education, I produced a short booklet aimed at helping parents to support their children’s learning at home. This could be helpful for parents who have difficulty with the subject knowledge to help with their children’s homework or those who are not familiar with the methods taught in schools in the new curriculum. It also provides parents with some ideas for embedding mathematics into everyday life so that they can encourage further practice beyond set homework tasks and can help children see the relevance of maths to life. A selection of useful websites and Apps have also been suggested for a similar purpose.
If I were to use this booklet in schools and publish it for parents, I would first make a few amendments to improve the quality. I would extend my sections on problem solving and fractions to give a more detailed comprehensive explanation of what will be taught in school. I would give more ideas for representing fractions as this may support parents in their own subject knowledge and allow them to point out fractions in other contexts to extend and reinforce understanding. The problem solving section could also benefit from further examples of problem solving that will be used in class as it is possible that some parents may understand “problem solving” to be simply word problems.
This booklet could be an effective way of beginning positive relationships with parents, particularly if given at the start of the term, and could set the atmosphere for parents to be comfortable and confident in approaching me with any problems or difficulties they encounter whilst supporting their children’s learning at home.