Supporting your child at home

At Longney we subscribe to the Numbots website which we encourage our children to use in EYFS and Key Stage One. NumBots is an online program, accessed through their website or app, which equips each pupil with the set of core maths skills they require by building their knowledge from the ground up - starting at the very beginning with subitising. 

Throughout the program. pupils are exposed to a variety of representations and question styles for each mathematical concept, from pseudo-concrete, to pictorial, to abstract. This depth-before-breadth approach allows pupils to build up connections between key concepts and ideas, while the visual representations help to create mental models for more advanced questions.

Click here to access the Numbots Families page.

We also subscribe to the popular Times Tables Rock Stars platform which children are encouraged to access to help learn and practice the times tables, which are the essential building blocks that underpin the maths curriculum. 
The programme is used widely across the UK and is proven to be really engaging - the children love playing it. Times Tables Rock Stars is available to play on mobile devices via the app, as well as the play website, your child will be able to practise at home or on-the-go, whenever suits your family schedule. 
For those families who do not have access to the online version of the programme, teachers can supply practise sheets to complete at home on request. 
We use Essential Letters and Sound as our approach to the teaching of phonics. You can support your child's progress by: 

Practising the sounds

  • You can help your child practise the sounds they have been learning at school. Download the charts by clicking here (under What order are the sounds taught in?) so you can see the list of sounds in the order they’ll be taught. You can show these to your child along with the picture to help them remember.


  • After children learn to read some sounds separately, they can start blending them together to form simple words. Take a look at the blog below for ideas on how you can practise word blending with your child. 

Reading decodable books

  • Your child will bring home reading books with words that use the sounds they have been learning that week. You may hear these reading books called ‘decodable books’. Use the prompts inside the front and back covers to enjoy the book together and help your child practise reading.

We are delighted to tell you that our school is now using Oxford Reading Buddy. This is a digital reading service to support children’s reading development at home and at school. It contains hundreds of digital books and book-quizzes all matched to each child’s reading ability. Please log in to Oxford Reading Buddy when your child brings home their sign-in card and encourage them to use it regularly. If you don’t have a tablet or PC at home the service works on smartphone as well. For more information go to this address and choose Parent Support: