It is important that children have the opportunity to practice their basic skills at home as well as at school and we hope that parents will support with this. The information below sets out what we expect in terms of homework and how parents can help their child with this.
Children often enjoy learning through fun online activities. We subscribe to home access to several websites that children regularly use at school and that cover a range of curriculum content at the appropriate stage of learning. Children have their individual logins in their reading records. These websites are below:
In addition, the following websites may also be useful.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/education – games, videos and activities covering the whole curriculum
Oxford Owl – hundreds of free e-books as well as spelling and maths activities
National Geographic Kids – good for research
Shaun the Sheep’s Game Academy – helping children to learn computer coding skills and game design
Kids Know It – good for researching information
We expect all children to read at home for at least 10-15 minutes most days. When they first start to read, children will need to read aloud to an adult. As children become more fluent and independent, they should mainly read to themselves, but read aloud to an adult occasionally.
It is helpful if parents ask their children questions about the book, whatever their stage of reading. Many of the early books have ideas for follow up activities on the inside cover. You could also ask your child to tell you what has happened so far in the book, about the characters, about their favourite parts or interesting facts they have found out.
It is important for children to have quick recall of their basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts as this will help them with all areas of maths. Counting in ones, twos, tens, fives etc is also important. These basic facts can be practised while doing other activities such as walking to school, in the bath, in the car, cooking, and shopping and through the websites above.
In reception, children will bring home a phoneme (sound) to practice. They should think about words that contain this phoneme.
In Key Stage 1 and 2, children will bring home a weekly list of words to learn. These will follow a certain spelling pattern or will be ‘tricky words’ that don’t follow the rules and just have to be learned.
In addition to the above, Key Stage 2 pupils are set a piece of written homework or some research weekly.