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What sort of things do you use/do to help 'boost' your DC's progress at school when they have slipped behind? I need some ideas/useful websites or books....

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sparklesandnowinefor6weeks Mon 15-Sep-08 18:42:12

DS1 has just started yr 5

We moved in easter this year and DS1 changed schools, mainly because we were unhappy with his previous school and he was unhappy being there

Now we have moved he is sooooooo much happier at his new school and really likes going to school again, which is great! BUT it seems that he has slipped behind a bit in his work

I really want to help him get back to where he was but am not sure how exactly as i have not needed to before and i was just wondering what kind of websites or workbooks or other things people have found useful with their DC

TIA smile

sparklesandnowinefor6weeks Mon 15-Sep-08 21:14:30


sparklesandnowinefor6weeks Tue 16-Sep-08 16:03:16


lljkk Wed 17-Sep-08 02:56:12

How do you know he's behind?
Is it a problem of achievement level, or being willing to do work?
I don't know about motivation, but as for ability...
Don't people talk about that Kumon thingie?
What about KS2 workbooks (you can buy in WH Smith).
I think lots of reading (anything they like) is always helpful, too.

arfishy Wed 17-Sep-08 03:15:59

Mathletics ( is very good for maths.

seeker Wed 17-Sep-08 07:20:09

What does his teacher say? I think she would be the best starting point.

sparklesandnowinefor6weeks Wed 17-Sep-08 10:58:07

I have spoken to DS1 and he has said that he is willing to work harder and wants to - so thats a good start!

I'm going on the info i have from last terms report and the groups he's told me he has been put in this term, I had a quick word with his teacher yesterday and have said that i would like a meeting with him but i didn't go into too much on the playground. we do have parents evenings in a few weeks but they fall the same week as my baby is due so i think we will have a meeting prior to that

I used to get him to read 20-30 mins every other night but have said to him that we will up it to 20 mins every night and also doing some kind of maths or english everynight too

Last night he went on the BBC schools site and did some of the maths challenges on there whch he seemed to enjoy

I'm just unsure of the 'right' things to do to benefit him. I know need to talk with his teacher to find out exactly what is going on but i am unable to meet with him for 2 weeks

Seasider Wed 17-Sep-08 11:24:09

Hi Sparkles
Was wondering how long before yr DD.

Sometimes they do slip a bit at the beginning of the year. And their groups tend to be quite fluid at the beginning of the Autumn term too, he may be adjusted before long...

Woodlands primary school has a brilliant website that has loads of links to other sites so it's well worth a look.

My DS (Y4) prefers to read 10 mins a night and alternate English and Maths.


sparklesandnowinefor6weeks Wed 17-Sep-08 12:37:28

Thanks seasider i'll check out that website, my DD is 24th Oct btw smile

i'm not overly concerened, but i know i've been a bit lapse at recently at home as they don't get very much homework from school and now i feel guilty

The school is good, its one of the reasons we chose to move, and they have the view to give as little homework as possible and to get all the work done in school time so children can enjoy their time at home, which is very refreshing after the school he was at! They give spellings, reading books and projects but not much beyond that

I'm not going to pressure him into doing tons of extra work at home i just want to help give him a boost

sparklesandnowinefor6weeks Wed 17-Sep-08 13:02:53

I've just checked out the Woodlands website, it really is good isn't it! Thanks smile

Seasider Wed 17-Sep-08 13:26:45

Happy to help, think yr school has a good attitude to getting it done at home.

October Birthdays are fab, I have one myself!

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