When your children are at school it can often be the case that when you pick them up from school and ask how their day has been you get a one word answer ‘fine’.
So how do you know how things are really going? Well firstly asking your children details about their day when they are tired and hungry will be about as effective as using a chocolate teapot! The best thing to do is discuss as a family each other’s day around the dinner table, often children will be more forthcoming about their day when they are relaxed and eating with you.
Try to take an interest in what homework your children have and how they are coping with it, and follow this up with an interest on what grade they were given for the piece after they have handed it in.
If you have any concerns you could talk with the school about what sort of things are being studied this term in different subjects but unless there are any concerns your children would probably rather that you didn’t get too involved by going into the school unnecessarily.