Parents are encouraged to share their child’s homework, working with them to encourage a love of learning.
Homework is differentiated to suit the needs of the children in the class.
Reading on a daily basis is expected for all children. Reading aloud with an adult is important throughout the primary years. Even if your child is a fluent reader, having a discussion about the story (for example, the characters’ personalities and actions, the ‘wow words’ used by the author) is a valuable way to develop reading skills. Children should also be accessing ‘Bug Club’ readers online and completing the associated interactive tasks.
As well reading your child is expected to learn spellings from a weekly list. Learning the spellings for just a short time each day is more effective than leaving it all to the last minute.
Your child will be asked to complete ‘Abacus Maths’ or alternative maths task or tasks each week.
For children in Year 3 to Year 6, practising times tables is also extremely important: by the end of Year 4, children should have a rapid recall of times tables facts and also be able to say the division facts too e.g. 7×8=56 and therefore also 56÷7=8. ‘Rapid recall’ should be within around five seconds – they should not have to count through the tables facts to get there!
In conjunction with English and maths homework children are also expected to complete a set of creative homework tasks. ‘Creative Homework’ is designed to build upon the skills children have been learning in English and in other areas of the curriculum. There are a range of activities/tasks for the children to choose from to motivate and inspire them into becoming independent learners. They are designed to appeal to all and to reflect the variety of different ways children enjoy accessing the curriculum.
There are a selection of tasks to choose from, the class teacher will note how many they will expect to see completed over the term. The activities can be done in any order. Please take time to look at the activities on offer and discuss the various options your child has.
Over the summer holiday period a whole school creative project is set which gives children the scope to develop a theme in their own way. Prizes and house points are awarded for good effort in each class.
For further information about your child’s homework please see your child’s class page on the website.
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