Weekly home learning consists of:
- Grammar and Punctuation
- Mental maths
- Talk It
- Project Work
We encourage children to read every night at home, and that parents, carers or any older relative, engages during this reading time. Reading at home has many benefits such as:
- It improves concentration
- It teaches children about the world around them
- It improves vocabulary and language skills
- It supports them in developing their imagination
- It allows them to develop empathy and sympathy and other emotions
- It’s fun!
- Reading records will not be commented in by the class teacher as they will be keeping their own assessments in class. If you would like to talk with the class teacher about your child’s reading throughout the year, you are welcome to do so at any time.
Your child will bring home a set of spellings each week to learn. These are differentiated to match their need. Spellings should be practised at home daily when possible. Children should be able to apply the correct spelling of these words and spelling patterns during their everyday writing. There will be a weekly dictation at school to enable teachers to assess how well children are able to apply the spellings they have been practising.
Grammar and Punctuation
Your child will have a grammar and punctuation book with specific pages to complete. Children will consolidate skills taught in class.
Your child will bring home a sheet of four mental maths strips covering one particular focus area. The intention is that each day your child will complete one strip as quickly as they can. Ideally, the next day they will try to improve on their own time to complete the strip. Once a week, your child will be tested on one of their strips in school, and a new focus area will be allocated for the following week.
Children will be given a weekly ‘Talk it’ topic or question to discuss. This will coincide with their topic, local or national news, or something that has sparked interest that week. We ask that you spend a few minutes (or as much time as you like!) discussing this topic together. It’s a fantastic way to strengthen, speech and language skills, enquiry and questioning.
Each class will be set a project to coincide with the topic they are learning in class. This is to enable children to do some pre-learning, reading and finding out about their class topic. The expectation is that children will produce a project on the given topic. The project can be presented in any form the children choose and there is no requirement as to how much time they spend on it. Projects could be presented in a variety of ways:
- A Power Point presentation
- Written work/drawings/diagrams etc. presented in a folder
- A diary entry
- A selection of photographs with captions
- Creating a model
Or a combination of all, or some of the above, if you wish!
There will be a time frame in which to complete the project with a date to bring it into school. Children will have a chance to share their project with their class. They will receive a certificate for their hard work and will be able to bring their project home.