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Homework

Home learning: 
 
 
When children are young, play is very important.  It is essential that children have time to choose their own activities (especially if they are encouraged to choose activities that don’t involve a screen!) and spend time with their family and friends.  Interactions with adults and other children are really valuable in developing a whole range of skills, and taking part in out-of-school clubs can develop children’s interests further.  Family activities such as playing sports, going for walks or to the park, helping with cooking, doing arts and crafts or playing games together are great for increasing that family bond, and teaching different skills from those learnt through homework.
However, home learning does have important advantages and can:
- add value by creating independence
- extend and challenge learning in the classroom
- boost engagement and self-confidence
- help children develop a “can do” attitude though completing quality work independently and handing work in on time
This guide to our Home Learning is designed to explain what you can expect and when throughout the course of the year.
There are elements of learning that must be reinforced at home if children are to have the best start in life.  Reading to your child, reading with your child and hearing your child read can foster a love of books and literature, give ideas for writing, and make your child’s life richer.  Practising mental maths skills regularly – number bonds to 5, then 10, then 20, then 100; times tables and the related division facts, adding and subtracting small numbers quickly – will make Maths lessons much more effective, where skills can be applied without children being held back because they lack the basics.  Telling the time is also a skill that benefits hugely from practise at home. 
Spellings are an interesting area of learning: rules and spelling patterns can be taught at school but children learn to spell in so many different ways that practising at home has real advantages.  Once focused on and learnt, the next trick it to make sure that these are then spelled correctly in written work, not just in a test situation.
The following pages show how our homework will progress throughout primary, by the end of KS2 equipping children for the challenges of secondary.
 
Home learning:  Key Stage 1

  Tigers Zebras Penguins
Reading expectations:
 
Reading every day (a mixture of reading aloud and being read to – with at least 4 times per week children reading aloud to an adult) Reading every day (a mixture of reading aloud and being read to – with at least 4 times per week children reading aloud to an adult) Reading every day (a mixture of reading aloud and being read to)
We would expect reading to be 10-15 minutes per session, however it is important to use your discretion: it is important that children continue to enjoy reading.
Spellings expectations: Word pots to be sent home each week, with words to spell, write and read. No more than 5 new words a week.
                        
Pots may also contain numbers or challenges to be completed at home.
Zebras will have a Superhero leaflet sent home with all 6 weeks’ spelling lists at the beginning of term, together with
  • Examples of activities children can do at home
  • Parents to sign the leaflet and children awarded superhero sticker on completion each week
  • Children are quizzed in class during spelling session on a Friday
 
Penguins will have a Superhero leaflet sent home with all 6 weeks’ spelling lists at the beginning of term, together with
  • Examples of activities children can do at home
  • Parents to sign the leaflet and children awarded superhero sticker on completion each week
  • Children are quizzed in class during spelling session on a Friday
 
5 weeks of spelling rules with words and 1 week of high frequency/common exception words
What we will send home for reference for the year: Complex speed sound chart with explanation.
 
Guidance on how to use the pots.
 
High frequency word list, including topic and expanded vocab words
 
Common Exception word list
 
Alien word list example
 
Phonics screening link to phonics screening check
Complex speed sound chart with explanation
 
High frequency word list, including topic and expanded vocab words
 
Common Exception word list
 
Alien word list example (for those who need this)
 
Phonics screening link to phonics screening check for children who will be taking it at the end of the year.
Complex speed sound chart with explanation
 
High frequency word list, including topic and expanded vocab words
 
Common Exception word list
 
 
Additional homework from October half term Jigsaw homework after October half term: with the expectation of 3 pieces of homework per short term to be handed in
This is optional, but strongly encouraged.
Jigsaw homework after October half term: with the expectation of 3 pieces of homework per short term to be handed in
This is optional but strongly encouraged.
Jigsaw homework after October half term: with the expectation of 3 pieces of homework per short term to be handed in
This is optional but strongly encouraged.
When homework will be set Homework will be issued on a Friday and returned to class on a Wednesday – families can choose when to complete tasks within their family routine.
Additional homework from January Children will receive a rotation of writing/reading/maths homework in addition to their spellings.
The length and complexity will increase as the children get older.
We would expect one piece of homework to take around 20-30 minutes.
Additional homework from February half term N/A After February half term, practice SATs papers to be given out to practise at home (Year 2s only) After February half term, practice SATs papers to be given out to practise at home.

 
Key Stage 2
  Giraffes Lions Meerkats Eagles
Reading expectations:
 
Reading every day (a mixture of reading aloud and being read to – with at least 4 times per week children reading aloud to an adult and at least once a week of an adult reading to your child)
Children should be reading for over an hour each week.
We would expect reading to be at least 15 minutes per session, with over an hour per week of reading for each child per week.
Other weekly spellings: Spelling of 10 words recorded in homework book and need to be practised weekly.  The words will be chosen according to children’s current spelling ability.
High frequency word lists.
Regular times tables practice, number bonds and mental maths calculations.
What we will send home for reference for the year: Statutory Word list for Year 3/4
Calculations policy (by half term)
 
for Year 5/6
Calculations policy (by half term)
 
What homework will be set each week? A piece of English homework one week and a piece of Maths homework the following week which children can complete independently. 
These will grow in length and complexity as the children get older and will be differentiated to support all children.
We would expect tasks to take 30-45 minutes.
When will homework be set? Homework will be issued on a Friday and returned to class on a Wednesday – families can choose when to complete tasks within their family routine.
Additional homework from October half term Optional Pic n mix Menu running alongside weekly homework.  This will be celebrated in class and children encouraged to complete it.
 
Additional ”pic ’n’ mix” homework running alongside weekly homework: by Year 5 this is no longer optional.  This will be celebrated in class. Children will need to complete one task per fortnight.

 

Documents

Eagles-Homework-Autumn-Term-2.pptxGiraffes-Lions-Meerkats-Homework-Autumn-Term-2.pptxPenguins-and-Zebras-Homework-Autumn-Term-2.pptxReception-Homework-Autumn-2.pptx
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