Support for Learning

In this section of the website we provide documents and articles which we hope will explain how we introduce and develop concepts to the children, so that families can re-inforce this at home.


Our new Y2-6 spelling scheme is called ‘No Nonsense Spelling‘. It is based on the Letters and Sounds scheme which is used in the Foundation Phase. Please find below links to some of the high frequency words which children should learn. The children have at least 3 discrete spelling lessons each week when they are taught spelling patterns and strategies to help them learn and understand these patterns. They have pink spelling journals which they bring home daily so that you can support them with the spelling pattern they are currently studying or help them to learn any set words.

Letters and Sounds High Frequency Words

Year 3 and 4 statutory word list (England)

Year 5 and 6 statutory word list (England)


We have recently purchased the ‘Accelerated Reading‘ scheme. Nearly all of the books in both classes have been scanned and colour banded according to difficulty based on the Accelerated Reading database. The children sit a STAR reading test and the results of this test determine what colour band(s) the children should be choosing books from. The test not only assesses the children’s ability to read words but also their ability to use reading skills such as inference (reading between the lines).

Your child’s colour band or number scale should be recorded inside their reading diary. When the children finish a book they will sit a quiz which will asses their understanding of the book they have just read. Each book that your child reads will earn them a number of points.

Possible comments for your child’s reading diary

These are the 8 reading behaviours which children are introduced to

throughout Key Stage 2


Numicon is used as a maths resource throughout the Foundation Phase and KS2 at Irfon Valley.

Numicon is a multi-sensory mathematics teaching programme. When Numicon patterns are arranged in order, pupils begin to notice important connections between numbers for instance that each number is one more than the last and one fewer than the next, odd and even numbers and place value. Numicon illustrates number bonds, addition and subtraction, place value, doubling and halving, estimation, division and multiplication.

Some ideas for developing your child’s mathematical understanding at home:


Counting rhymes.

Counting everyday objects at home e.g. fruit, socks, toys.

Adding one more/ less to groups of objects practically.

Talk about the position of things- on, next to, etc.

Use the language of measurement in context- heavy, light, empty, long etc.

Choose a shape of the week e.g. cylinder. Look for this shape in the environment (tins, candles etc).

Make a model using boxes/containers of different shapes and sizes. Ask your child to describe their model.

Years 1 & 2:

Number hunt- noticing numbers in our environment e.g. on doors, car number plates, telephone keypad.

Using rulers and tape measures to measure the height/length of objects in the home.

Weighing ingredients for cooking in the kitchen and doubling/halving ingredients.

Using money.

Ordering days of the week/months of the year, plotting birthdays on the calendar.

Using a variety of mathematical words in everyday contexts e.g. more than, bigger, less than, take away, subtract, difference etc.

Counting in 2’s, 5’s, 10’s and 3’s.

Using numberlines to add and subtract.

Reviewing number bonds to 20 by playing ‘ping pong’. You say a number, they say the corresponding number back.

Play ‘guess my shape’. You think of a shape. Your child asks questions to try to identify it but you can only answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’ (e.g. Does it have more than 4 corners? Does it have any curved sides?)

Practise telling the time with your child.

Throw 2 dice. Ask your child to find the total of the numbers (+), the difference between them (-) or the product (x).

Key Stage 2:

Hunt for right angles around your home. Can your child a spot angles bigger or smaller than a right angle?

Practise telling the time with your child.

Weighing ingredients in the kitchen. Adapting recipes for different numbers of people (ratio) and reading the temperature and time in recipes.

Budgeting with pocket money. How much more will they need, how much will be left?

Use a TV guide. Ask your child to work out the length of their favourite programmes.

Give your child a number fact (e.g. 6+3=9). Ask them what else they can find out from this fact (e.g. 6+3=9, 9-6=3, 60+30=90, 600+300=900). You can do this with multiplication facts too.

Measuring and comparing heights e.g. thinking about how much taller/smaller people are in the family.

Weighing fruit and vegetables when shopping.

Thinking about sale prices. How much will items cost if they are reduced by 10% or 20% in a sale? If something is buy one, get one free, how much is each item worth?

Creating symmetrical patterns when drawing or painting.

TIMES TABLES: All children from Year 2-6 have a Times Tables Rock Stars (TTRS) login username and password. These should be found in your child’s reading record book. We encourage them to practice their times tables as much as possible both in school and at home.times tables letter to parents


E-SAFETY – We hope that you will find the following link to the ‘NSPCC net aware’ site useful. It explains some of the apps, sites and games that we are aware a few of the children access at home. It also provides the age restrictions for each one.

A useful website for supporting your child across the curriculum:

This website will help your child to understand what is happening in the world around them. (recommended age 6-12 years)