Supporting Your Child's Learning

Parental Involvement at school

In years 3-6, Science, RE, PE, History, Geography, Design and Technology, Computing, Music, Art, PSHE (Personal, Social, Citizenship Education) and MFL (Modern Foreign Languages) are taught through our Learning Challenge Approach. For each Learning Challenge, parents may be invited into school to work alongside their child. In the Infant School we also have many opportunities for parents to come into school and get involved in learning activities. Parents are kept up-to-date via letters home.

Letters and Sounds phonics scheme

At Parsons Down we deliver phonics using the "Letters and Sounds" scheme. 

To see how the phonics sounds should be pronounced, please see Oxford Owl's Pure Sounds video.

Reading, writing and maths workshops

At Parsons Down Partnership, we have run the following workshops for parents:

Phonics Workshop

Reading Workshop

Handwriting Workshop

Handwriting Phrases

EYFS Addition 

EYFS Subtraction

Year 1 Addition

Year 1 Subtraction

Year 1 Multiplication and Division

Year 2 Addition and Place Value

Year 2 Subtraction and Place Value

Year 2 Multiplication and Division

PDI - Maths vocabulary

Year 3 Calculation Methods

Year 4 Addition and Subtraction

Year 4 Multiplication

Year 4 Division


Upper School Formal Written Methods for Multiplication

Upper School Example Reasoning - Multiplication

Upper School White Rose Scheme - Multiplication


Upper School Formal Written Methods for Division


Upper School Example Reasoning - Division


Upper School White Rose Scheme - Division

Times Tables


The ability to calculate ‘in your head’ is an important part of mathematics and an important part of coping with society’s demands and managing everyday events. Whilst mental maths is no longer tested at the end of Key Stage 2 there is still a clear and explicit expectation in the curriculum that pupils are fluent and know particular number facts off by heart, including times tables.


The national expectation is that by the end of year 4 all pupils should know their multiplication and division facts up to 12x12. 


Below we have provided some links to enable you to help your child practice their tables at home:

Array Games

Top Marks

Purple Mash


Websites and games to aid learning


Phonics Play


Top Marks

Every Child A Talker (ECAT) - communication and language skills.


Phonics Play

Maths Zone 

Maths Is Fun

Oxford Owl - Maths

ICT Games - Numeracy

Family Maths Toolkit

West Berkshire Libraries


Top Marks

Purple Mash


Cool Math 4 Kids

BBC2 Learning Zone

BBC Bitesize

BBC Primary Languages: French

Woodlands Junior School - Primary Homework Help 

West Berkshire Libraries

DB Primary


Top Marks

Purple Mash



CYPIT School Years Toolkit (Berkshire Healthcare - NHS)


The CYPIT School Years Toolkit is a useful website providing information about developmental milestones, including fine motor skills, auditory processing and speech.


Parsons Down Infant School

Paynesdown Road, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG19 3TE


Tel: 01635 862475


Parsons Down Junior School

Herons Way, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG19 3SR


Tel: 01635 866700