How can I keep up to speed with what children are learning at school?
How can I find out what they're learning in class and what is expected for each year so I can help them at home?
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What is being taught in school should tie in closely with the national curriculum for statutory subjects. Even private schools and academies will base their studies on the national curriculum, if not, they should inform you where they intend to differ and why - the curriculum has been developed for a reason. Note: how well it is being taught and, therefore, what is being 'learned' will vary.
If you're based in the UK, you can find out a lot about what should be being covered in the curriculum here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum which should update itself when any changes are made. By navigating semi-logically you can find a reasonable level of detail on virtually every subject both primary and secondary. You can even find expected levels of achievement at each year or key stage. Content contained in non-statutory subjects such as PSHE education and enterprise learning does vary more broadly as well as delivery standards.
Hope that helps. Failing this, see answers above - communication is always a winner!
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Yes! I'd recommend taking a look at the school website to see if schemes of work are available. Take a look at these and then see if the school have a parent portal or learning platform from where you can find more detailed areas of study or even contribute to the learning. In addition don't hesitate to contact the school and ask for details. These are all positive steps to help your child's learning.
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I believe it is so important to be in the loop with what your child is experiencing and learning at school. They will take notice that you have an interest and you will feel involved even though you are not with him/her at school. Build a relationship with your child's teacher and be present. Don't be afraid to ask questions and schedule an appointment with the teacher or principal so you can understand the curriculum. This should be pretty easy if your child is young as you need to be involved in order to help the children with their homework. As they get older and share less and less with us, we need to step in and find a way to be in the know. Another suggestion is talking to other parents. How are they involved? Is their child telling them something that maybe yours isn't? It's not unusual to get the "I don't know" response to the question, "How was your day? What did you do?". Talk to your child and let them know you are here to help them and guide them. Be patient and don't get frustrated with them, as they are learning for the first time. What may seem easy and obvious to you may be foreign and challenging to them.
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Build connections (!) by
- asking your class adviser (if any) how to keep up with topics and competences covered at school
- physically going to school whenever your schedule allows, especially booking a personal chat with a teacher (I highly appreciate when parents call and ask for a face2face meeting!)
- last but not least: "your" children are learning at school so talk to them first! Have them tell what they're doing, appreciating or not, impressions, classmates etc etc.
You're not going to be disappointed.