Helping your child with their learning

Working in partnership with parents is vital to children fulfilling their potential.  

Please take time to read with your child and to your child – it is the most important thing you can do to help them with their learning.  Don’t stop when they become independent readers – ask them questions about what they are reading or share a book together, reading alternate chapters. 

Sometimes parents/carers are concerned that the methods used in school to work out mathematical calculations are not the same as the ones used when they were at school.  To help overcome this problem, we have produced a Calculation Policy, explaining the methods used at Bishop William Ward.  We also invite parents in to see how the children are being taught.  One thing that hasn’t changed is learning times tables.  The new curriculum expectations are that all children have learned their times tables to 12 x 12 by the time they finish Year 4. 

We are now using Mathletics!  Click the logo to be taken to the site. 


Click here to view our 'Four Rules Policy' .  This is a document that explains how your child will be taught each of the four mathematical operations throughout their time in school.


Click the links below for times tables games and activities:


In school we use the online software Purple Mash.  The children have their own logins, so they can play the games & complete many other educational activities.  Click the link below to take you there.


Here are some other websites that you might find useful when helping your child with their learning:

Reading and phonics support

Ideas to support your child's learning 

BBC  - video clips and activities for all ages


More useful websites:

Information about schools in Essex and much more

Road safety

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Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) 

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