Reading (EYFS - Year 6)
We ask that children practise their reading at home at least three times a week (but more if possible), that this is recorded in the Home School Log and signed by an adult.
For our younger readers, we ask that they read aloud to an adult. As children begin to read, they learn how to ‘sound words out’ by saying the sounds of the letters and blending these together to build and ‘read’ words. However, some words are trickier to read because you cannot sound them out in the normal way. Your child needs to be able to recognise these words on sight, at the level at which they are reading. A list of these words can be found towards the back of our Home School Log, should you wish to practise them at home. It is also very useful to talk around the book that your child is reading - to talk about what is happening in the story, or about what they are learning if it is a non-fiction text - in order to develop their understanding.
For more mature readers, in years 5 and 6 particularly, it is more than acceptable for you to sign the Home School Log to say that your child has been seen reading as we understand that they may now wish to read alone. However, do try to continue to talk to them about what they have been reading, again to ensure that they are developing their understanding and to show that we still place value on their reading. There is a whole host of evidence out there which suggests that children who read for enjoyment every day perform better academically at school, develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of other cultures.
Times Table Practise (Years 1 - 6)
Confidence in times tables is vitally important in creating a positive, can-do attitude towards Mathematics. Being able to find the answers to times tables quickly and confidently will unlock many doors in Maths for our children.
We ask that they practise their times tables at least three times a week, but ideally, as often as possible. Each time they practise their tables, they should tick, or shade a Tables circle in their Home School log. Practise may involve chanting, playing games, or trying to master one key fact that has been eluding them! In school, we are focusing on teaching strategies for getting times table answers quickly, rather than just relying on memorising every single fact. For example, if you know 4 x 10 is 40, you can work out 4 x 5 by halving the answer to get 20. Similarly, if you know 9 x 10 is 90, you know that you can work out 9 x 9 by subtracting 9 from 90 to get 81. As your children progress up through the school, they will learn more and more of these strategies to support them in becoming flexible times table whizzes. But, as we always say, practise makes perfect - so the more that they can practise at home, the better. At the back of the Home School Log, you will find the end of year expectations for times table recall as laid out in the National Curriculum.
Spelling Practise (Years 1 - 6)
Children in Years 1 - 6 are provided with a number of spelling words each day which they practise through handwriting sessions and which will be referred to throughout the school day. Many of these will be linked to a particular spelling pattern they are working on in school and some will be taken from the National Curriculum spelling list for their year group. You will be sent a list of these words each Friday to practise with your child to reinforce the work going on at school. We ask that children practise their spellings at least three times a week, but more if they wish. Each time they practise their spellings, they should tick or shade a Spelling circle in the Home School Log. The National Curriculum spellings are, as we’re sure you will agree, particularly tricky and will require a degree of practise! At the back of the Home School Log, you will find a list of these spellings assigned to year groups for your information.
Topic Homework (Years 1 - 6)
In Years 1-6, Topic homework is provided. This is designed to offer a variety of different tasks in order to provide children will further engagement of the topic being studied at school and hopefully, extending their learning and interest beyond the school gates. A choice of a number different Topic homework tasks is provided each half term, covering a range of different subject areas. Children will need to choose at least three of these to complete over the half term (two during short half terms), but if they wish to complete more, they are welcome to do so. They should complete their homework in the homework book provided, and then shade or tick the Topic circle in the Home School Log, to indicate to their teacher that this has been completed. Homework books are due in on Thursdays.
Should you have any questions or queries regarding your child’s homework, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the class teacher in the first instance.