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!
In Year 5, the homework will be as follows:
Even though a lot of 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 (discussing texts, storylines, characters and making predictions) 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.
Spelling will be a real focus in school throughout the year. There will be no set homework for spellings this year, instead, we have sent home the list of the statutory words for Years 3/4 and 5/6. Please look out for these whilst reading, and practise them wherever possible. If your child struggles with spelling, we are able to provide a list of High Frequency words for them to practise at home.
There will be no weekly homework set for children in maths unless we feel they would benefit from extra practise in a key area. Instead, at the beginning of each half term, they will be given a range of activities based on key skills for their age. These will be available on the school website. Getting to grips with these skills will really help your child succeed.
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.