Home learning takes many forms. In all year groups there is an expectation that children will read at home, preferably aloud to an adult, will learn spellings and make progress toward their multiplication table badges. In addition, children are often asked to research a topic or complete some learning at home to support our topic-based curriculum. In different year groups, this might take the form of a long-term project, a verbal presentation, an entry in a learning log or a single worksheet.
We ask that parents support home learning by:
- taking an interest in and discussing tasks with their child
- creating conditions in which their child can learn.
- encouraging their child to develop keyboard skills at home and exploring a range of assistive technology e.g. software with speech feedback, to support his/her learning.
- engendering a love of reading by reading to their child and visiting the local library and bookshops.
In Key stage 1 children are expected to have learnt their 2,5 and 10 multiplication and division facts. Following on from this learning, pupils at Year 3 are expected to know and quickly recall multiplication and division facts for 3,4 and 8.
Spellings and Phonics will be taught regularly at school. The children will also bring a few words and spelling patterns home each week to learn. The spellings will be issued on Wednesdays, recapped in class during the week and then tested the following Wednesday. Spellings will be taught in ability grouping.
Children are also expected to read at least four times a week outside of school. They should bring their Reading Record home each day and return the following morning along with their library book. Please ensure that you either write a comment or simply initial your child’s record to indicate where they have read.
Please encourage your children to feel confident with the meaning of the words and the spelling pattern. Spellings will be given out on a Monday and will be tested the following Monday.
School spelling challenges also include:
Super Speller Badges – Bronze, Silver and Gold
Word Warrior Level – Bronze, Silver and Gold
It is also recommended that every child should read regularly at home. Please encourage your child to read aloud to an adult at least 3 or 4 times a week in addition to reading. It would benefit them greatly if, when they read aloud at home, they were also encouraged to discuss the language, characters and plot.
We are really pleased with the children’s enthusiasm for learning their times tables and their eagerness to achieve their badges. Opportunities for learners to gain these tables badges will continue regularly along with times tables tests in classes.
Excellence Badge (50 multiplications in 2½ minutes)
Teacher’s Badge (50 multiplications in 1 minute)
Triple Challenge Badge (50 divisions in 2½ minutes)
Champion of Champions (50 divisions in 1 minute)
Mega Mix (25 multiplications / 25 divisions in 1 minute)
Tasks will be given out each week. These tasks will be a mix of calculations to improve speed and accuracy.
In order to consolidate the children’s learning, home learning tasks will be set each week.
Please continue to encourage your child to read aloud to an adult at least 3 or 4 times a week in addition to silent reading. It would benefit them greatly if, when they read aloud at home, they are also encouraged to discuss the language, characters and plot. We also give the children the opportunity to complete reading journal tasks as part of their home learning which focus on the books that we are reading in school.
We are really pleased with the children’s enthusiasm for learning their spellings and times tables and their eagerness to achieve their badges. Opportunities for learners to gain these tables badges will continue weekly.
In addition to the home learning tasks which are sent home, it would benefit your child if they could read regularly and use the school website links to access revision sites for Maths and English which may help to increase your child’s confidence for our upcoming SATs.
Once the KS2 SATs are completed, children will be given a DT project which is to be completed at home. Please aid your children in this (should they require it) but try to avoid letting them convince you to do it all for them. More details of this will be issued towards the end of May.