A range of home learning tasks are set, which become more formal as the children move through the school. To ensure the right balance of challenge, accessibility and interest, our systems are always under review and concerns can always be discussed with a child’s teacher.
Daily home reading is essential, initially supported by an adult, but becoming independent as a child grows more confident. For younger children home reading is aligned to our Read, Write, Inc phonics scheme, and for older children it is supported in school by our ‘Accelerated Reader’ program.
Weekly spellings are sent home to learn, taken from the National Curriculum year group lists and from our spelling program which gives children an understanding of patterns and rules and how the written language works. In Key Stage 2 children practice their spellings in school and at home on the Spelling Shed website.
Confidence and fluency in number facts is vital for a young mathematician, and we encourage home learning of key number facts using the Numbots programme. As children progress they use ‘Times Tables Rockstars’ to develop fluent recall of times tables. All pupils in Years 1-6 are also set weekly tasks using the Mathletics website, linked to their learning in school.
Each half-term, we set a creative topic-based homework, where children are challenged to explore their new topic and present what they have found in a format of their choice. We are always impressed with the amazing array of creations that come back after each holiday!