Homework is a valuable link between home and school and can really make a difference to your child’s progress. There area number of ways in which you can help your child at home:-
- Taking books home is a vital part of a child’s learning in school. Reading at home with an adult is an essential part of reading development, especially in Years 3 and 4, and beyond for many children. We provide a book bag (children are asked to make a voluntary contribution towards the cost) for each Year 3 child, in order to keep reading books and the Home/School Reading Record safe and show the importance of reading. The children take their book bags home every night. Children in other years are encouraged to purchase replacement bags.
- We provide our booklet ‘A Guide to Helping Reading at Home’ for parents. Any Year 3 children needing extra support are offered a specific reading programme in the Autumn Term. We offer a ‘training evening’ for these parents and a review meeting at the end of the project, which gives support and guidance to parents for the next phase of their child’s reading development. We would encourage all parents to read to their child regularly.
- Spelling lists are sent home for the children to study in preparation for their regular spelling tests.
- Homework for Years 3, 4 & 5 is sent home according to the homework policy.
- In Autumn and Spring, Year 6 have regular Topic, Maths and English homework in preparation for their Key Stage 2 National Curriculum Tests. Mental agility is an important part of developing children’s mathematical ability. The children bring home activities to practice ready for their regular mental maths tests. These range from the immediate recall of number bonds (e.g. 3 + 5, 10 - 7) to learning tables.
There are times when children may be required to complete work not finished at school. Additionally, children may be asked to complete a particular task in preparation for future learning. Thinking journals are also encouraged so that pupils and families can think together and write about their ideas in response to a ‘philosophical” question posed fortnightly.