Family and Community Engagement (FaCE)

Some of the most effective ways in which families can support children to learn.

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Foundation Phase

Primary School age 7-11

Secondary School age

  • Conversations that encourage children’s natural inquisitiveness and love of learning while also developing language and communication skills.
  • Role play, to encourage purposeful talk.
  • Reading stories, talking about the pictures.
  • Teaching songs and nursery rhymes.
  • Pointing out and playing with letters and numbers.
  • Painting and drawing.
  • Developing one-to-one correspondence, e.g. matching socks.
  • Visiting the library, museums and galleries.
  • Outdoor trips to parks, woods, and beaches.
  • Supporting social and emotional learning.
  • Helping their child to be ‘school ready’.
  • Showing interest in their school and school activities.
  • Communicating the value of education and helping them to feel that they belong in the school.
  • Ensuring that they go to bed at a regular time, have breakfast and attend school.
  • Spending 10 minutes a day reading with the child, any text, anywhere.
  • Using opportunities in daily life to use numbers and talk about ‘how big/much/many’.
  • Outings to museums, the library and art galleries and extra-curricular activities.
  • Working with the school to support the child with any particular issues.
  • Supporting social and emotional learning.
  • Communicating the value of education, modelling respectful relationships with teachers and helping their child to feel that they belong in the school.
  • Taking an interest in the topics they are following at school.
  • Keeping them focused on learning and homework, while also supporting their autonomy.
  • Ensuring that they go to bed at a regular time, have breakfast and attend school.
  • Communicating aspirations and celebrating achievements, both of which can be very powerful motivators for children at this age.
  • Providing an environment at home in which they can study (with no distractions).
  • Encouraging children to read, and to talk about the book they are reading, what they have read in the newspaper or the film they have seen.
  • Involving children in household tasks, such as how to understand bills and plan trips or plan spending/saving.
  • Outings to museums, arts and cultural venues.
  • Extra-curricular activities, such as sports or, creative and cultural activities that help them to apply their knowledge and develop social and emotional skills.
  • Working with the school to support the child to work through any particular issues.
  • Supporting course selection and guiding children in plans for post-16 learning.

 

 

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