Whole School Homework
Dear Parents / Guardians
Home school partnerships are vital for supporting children in their education, especially following the last year of intermittent school closures due to Covid-19. We have spent time reviewing homework in school in terms of content to support catch up and methods for setting and submission in a Covid safe way. This letter outlines the expectations for homework from week beginning 13 September.
To support your child with their learning, we ask you to focus on 3 key areas:
We aim to develop a love of reading and encourage children to read texts that interest them. The children will visit the school library once per week to select books and they also have access to the School Library Service online where they are able to borrow from a great number and range of books. All children have been taught how to log on to this system. If you need support with this, please message your child’s class teacher through Class Dojo. We encourage children to read books from a range of genres. In addition, some children may also be given a Book Band reading book to bring home to support their reading.
Regular rehearsal of spellings is essential for the children. We ask for little and often as an approach as opposed to one big session. All children have a logon for Spelling Shed and have been taught how to access it. In addition, we will be sending home spelling sheets to practise their spellings too – this will form part of the Home Learning Booklet. Please encourage your child to carefully hand write the spellings on this sheet. The final part of homework for spelling is to complete an at home spelling test. All children will be tested on a Monday in school too.
As with spelling, regular rehearsal of the times tables is greatly beneficial. According to the National Curriculum, the children are expected to know all times tables up to 12×12 and the division facts by the end of year 4. Please encourage your child to practise their times tables in a number of ways – one of those being on TT Rockstars. All children are familiar with this programme
There are also a selection of mathematical facts outlined in the home learning booklet – please help your child to revise these over time.
In addition, Years 3 and 4 will be set a times table task to complete each week. This will be in the form of a list of questions to practise. Years 5 and 6 will have an arithmetic task to complete each week. This will comprise of 15 questions to practise based on learning in school. The tasks will be sent home in a separate booklet each half term. Answer sheets for both tasks will also be published for the children to self-mark. The children should upload their marked sheet onto Google Classroom, showing any corrections in a different colour.
On Monday 13 September, your child will bring home a Home Learning Booklet for Autumn Term 1. This booklet should be kept at home and not brought into school. Please complete the reading record, spelling practice, spelling, times table records and maths tasks throughout the week then take a photograph of the pages and upload to Google Classroom by 9am on the following Monday morning. The teachers will review the work through Google Classroom and house points in school accordingly. There are further details for the use of the booklet inside the cover page.
In addition to this essential homework, teachers may contact you to request additional practice on different aspects of learning to support your child. We would be extremely grateful for your support with this as we all work together to catch the children up in their learning. These tasks will be personalised for your child if they require it.
The year 6 children may have additional tasks set for them too as we prepare them for their transition to secondary school. This will be published separately to year 6 parents.
Working together is important to support your child’s learning, please do not hesitate to contact me or your child’s class teacher if you have any questions or concerns.
Thank you for your support.