As a school, our approach to homework is continuing alongside our homework policy. We really feel that this will have a greater impact on the enjoyment of work completed at home, as well as freeing up more time for kids to be kids!
Even though most children in our cohort are accomplished readers, it is still very important for them to read to and discuss a range of texts with adults at home. This will improve your child’s understanding of a variety of texts, and the way in which they are written, as well as exposing them to a greater array of vocabulary. More importantly, we feel that spending time reading together as a family is a fundamental part of their learning journey.
Please ensure that your child is reading for at least ten minutes everyday, including many opportunities for them to be reading with an adult. The children will then take their AR quizzes at school as soon as possible after completing their book. Parents have been given a letter to allow them to access their childs scores and progress from home, including updates by text when their child takes a quiz.
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG)
Spelling will be a real focus in school throughout the year. We have sent home the list of the statutory words for Year 5/6 and Year 3/4. Please look out for these whilst reading, and practise them wherever possible. Individual children may have alternative sets of words too.
We are now using the Spelling Shed and SPAG.com to aid their learning. The children will have full access to these sites at home and we encourage children to do so as often as possible.
Instead, at the beginning of each half term, children will be given a range of activities based on key skills for their age. These will be available on the school website. Children may also be sent home with individualised homework which relates to something that they are working on in class that perhaps they haven’t quite mastered. All children have a log in Times Table Rockstars which we encourage regular use of.
Topic will be very much ‘project’ based, where children will be given a theme, some possible ideas and a deadline. This homework really allows children to play to their strengths, presenting work in a way that best suits them. We have been working in this way for a number of years, and find that the work that the children produce and the knowledge that they gain is much more diverse and creative than when we set specific tasks.
Non-completed school work
Children may be sent home classwork that they have not completed within lesson time. This will only be the case if they have not completed it due to lack of concentration or poor behaviour. This is always done on an individual basis.
Parents will be contacted if this occurs and a letter will be sent home with further information.
Let’s be ahead of the game!
For extra practise and preparation, the games on these websites will be useful to have a go at.
Education city www.educationcity.co.uk
Literacy activities http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks2literacy.html
Reading activities http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/english/reading/