As teachers we need to ‘cut to the chase’ and we are hoping parents will help us to develop the real nitty gritty skills and knowledge our pupils need for the world today. Pupils need to practise reading, spellings and number facts regularly. We need pupils to practise basic skills at home so we can apply them to more complicated scenarios at school.
The main focus of home learning is now reading, practising spellings and learning number facts.
Teachers will not be setting written home learning every week. Instead the ‘Termly Topic’ set by Mrs. Bridson will be compulsory for Y4, Y5 and Y6 and optional for all other year groups. These will be completed in books provided by the school.
Home Learning for EYFS & KS1
EYFS: Reading (5 times a week) and words, counting backwards and one to one correspondence. (Counting things not just saying numbers)
Year 1: Reading (5 times a week), spelling lists, maths booklet and Mathletics online activity.
Year 2: Reading (5 times a week), spelling lists, maths booklet and Mathletics online activity.
Home Learning for KS2
Year 3: Reading (5 times a week), spelling lists, maths booklet and Mathletics online activity.
Year 4: Reading (5 times a week), spelling lists, maths booklet and Mathletics online activity, Termly Topic
Year 5: Reading (5 times a week), spelling lists, maths booklet and Mathletics online activity, Termly Topic
Year 6: Reading (5 times a week), spelling lists, maths booklet and Mathletics online activity. Termly Topic SAT’s practise papers/activities rotation of comprehension, grammar, punctuation & spelling or maths.
Reading records will be checked once a week on a Monday. Children are recognised for reading 5 times with a sticker. If children read 5 times a week for a term their efforts are recognised with a certificate.
What does reading 5 times a week mean? Reading could be spread over the seven days in a week, or you may read twice in one day if that is easier. Reading will vary according to the age and reading skills of each child. Reading could be sharing a book together, not necessarily the scheme book or the child reading all the words in the book. Children may choose to read an article on the Newsround website (or similar) and this will count as long as a record is made in the Reading Record book. The Reading Journey (Helpful hints for reading) booklet is available in the ‘Parent Workshop Information’ section of the school website.
Children will be provided with a weekly set of spellings. This will be in their Spelling Book. Once a week the children will be assessed on these spellings. Stickers will be given for 9 or 10 correct. Stickers will also be given to recognise the children who have practised their spellings regularly and have tried very hard.
What does learning your spelling mean? We do not expect children to just go through the motions of learning their spellings, but to actually take responsibility for their learning and to extend their spelling skills by making an effort to learn new words. Children will be provided with ideas of how to learn spellings.
Each year group has a different maths booklet and is stuck in back of Spelling Books. The aim of the booklets is for the children to be able to recall number, measure and geometry facts quickly and without thinking. This means being able to say multiplication tables in about 20 seconds and to recall isolated times table facts immediately.
Children need to know all times tables in order before moving on to mixed up, then know all mixed up before recall. Sticker will be given for every times table ‘star’.
Inside the booklet are the other number, measure and geometry facts your child needs to know. As parents please tick and initial the boxes 3 times (1 tick/initial = 1 box) to verify your child is able to recall the maths facts being focussed on.
We will trial various ways of communicating the target number facts and times tables over the coming term.
Each term a ‘Termly Topic’ is set. Previous topics have included ‘Famous Person, ‘Underground’ and ‘Communication Technology’.
All children completing the task will be recognised with a certificate and prizes will be presented to those children handing in a ‘Top Termly Topic’.
This is compulsory for Y4, Y5 and Y6 and optional for all other year groups. Pupils in the younger year groups will need to ask their teacher for a book to complete the work Termly Topic in as they will not automatically be given one.