Effective partnerships are key to good communication between home, school and college. At Hamilton Lodge, we strive to ensure that we maintain good contact with parents & carers at all times. Contact is important to ensure consistency in approach.
Parent consultation evenings, annual reviews and weekly contact with tutors as well as telephone, email, Skype or FaceTime contact with teaching staff or care staff allows for clear communication.
We offer parent & carer signing classes and want parents and carers to support their child’s learning. Developing written English is particularly challenging for our pupils and it is important that they understand the difference between the structure of English and that of BSL. In order to be able to write in English children will have to understand what is meant by English.
To begin with, many children will be able to write down their own expressions in their own language. It may not be recognisable as English but it is the beginning of understanding the purpose of writing. If they tend to communicate primarily in BSL then their work will show BSL word order initially and this should be encouraged within the family, local community and beyond. Encourage communication, play games around communication including matching signs and written words to objects, ensure your child is interested and informed about what is going on.
In developing reading skills children will be able communicate their ideas about stories and build upon their understanding of English through discussion and enjoyment of books. Share books with your children, picture books are useful as a starting point to chat about the pictures and the story sequences. As reading skills progress then some children will need English phrases and sentences translated into BSL to get the full meaning.
Once children begin to understand the differences in language and they are able to use both BSL and English to communicate, the purpose and use of written language will develop further and written work will become more recognisable in its structure as English, in terms of grammatical content.
Mathematical understanding develops from a young age, make maths games fun and enjoyable. Maths can be reinforced through counting games as well as in more complex mathematical calculations involving percentages. Recipes and baking allow for weighing and using maths, clocks and time can be made fun using TV guides and journey times, symmetry patterns, shapes and estimating games all allow children to develop confidence with maths.
Please contact any of our teachers if you want any help in supporting your child at home with any area of learning.