We believe that homework plays a vital part in each child’s education and will help your child to:
· Consolidate and reinforce work completed at school
· Develop the skills, confidence and motivation needed to study on their own
· Extend school learning
· Involve Parents / Carers in their child’s education
What sort of homework will my child receive?
Key Stage 1—Years N,R,1 and 2
Year N—The children will benefit from;
· Sharing a picture book every day with an adult. Our Nursery staff are able to provide a wide selection of books for you to choose from.
· Time to talk each day about what they have been learning in Nursery
· Opportunities to count and notice numbers at home—and out and about
Later in the year the nursery children may bring home games / rhyme cards to help them learn letters and numbers
Year R—We will encourage your child to;
· Read their reading book daily to an adult
· Learn the sounds and numbers on their key rings
· Practise the sounds they are learning about in their phonics lessons
Years 1 and 2—We will expect your child to;
· Read their reading book daily to an adult
· Learn their spellings each week using Look, Cover, Write, Check
· Regularly practise counting forwards and backwards in 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s
Key Stage 2—Years 3,4,5 and 6
In Key Stage 2 your child will be expected to;
· Read their reading book daily ( to an adult until they are fluent readers )
· Practise their spellings by completing the activity set by the teacher
· Practise their times tables and number bonds to 10
Years 4-6 will be given mental maths practice sheets to consolidate their learning when their teacher feels they are most appropriate.
Years 5 and 6—We provide additional Homework books for children / families who would like extra practice of key skills in English and Maths. These can be purchased at a reduced cost through the school. This type of homework is a great way for your child to realise the importance of trying hard and being self-motivated to develop good learning habits ready for High School.
Learning Logs are a creative approach to doing homework for Years 1-6;
· Each half term, the children will receive one or two learning log tasks—dependent on the age of the child and length of the task
· Some tasks may be presented as a choice of activities so children can choose the items they are most interested in finding out about
· These tasks will often be related to the topic the children are learning about in class
· Children can complete the task in any creative way that they choose: written, fold out charts, pictures, diagrams etc
My favourite learning logs - Summer term 2016
Evan was asked to find out 10 interesting facts about World War 2 and to present them in an interesting way. Have a look at how he completed the task!
What can you do to help?
At St. Matthias we greatly appreciate all the help and support parents and carers can give in ensuring that their child receives maximum benefit from the homework set. In particular you can help by;
· Encouraging your child with their homework and praising them when they complete it
· Doing all you can to provide a reasonably peaceful, suitable place where your child can do their homework
· Allowing your child to work independently as much as possible
· Regularly checking and signing your child’s Reading Record book
· Encouraging your child to attend Homework Clubs—Parents are welcome to come along to these as well.
All teachers will acknowledge completed homework.
Reading records and Learning Logs will be checked and any concerns will be discussed with the Parents / Carers.
Additional activities you can do at home to support your child’s learning:
· Spending time on IXL and Lexia at home to practise key skills in English and Maths
- for pleasure - books, comics, magazines
- for information - books, signs, labels, titles of TV
programmes, instructions, recipes etc
· Maths - helping with the shopping, how much things will cost, how many packets need to be bought, measuring ingredients for cooking
· Research - finding out about things by talking to people, asking questions, looking at books, magazines, newspapers, TV programmes or information books
· Computers - encouraging your child to use computers to support their learning
· Discussion - talking about different things with your child ( practising communication skills )
· Writing - birthday / Christmas cards, thank you letters, shopping lists, own stories etc
· Sport - attending sporting activities and clubs
· Music - practising favourite songs, learning to play an instrument
· Art - artistic hobbies such as drawing, painting, needlework, cutting and sticking
· Organised groups - attending Cubs, Brownies, Guides, Sea Scouts, Sunday School, etc (Developing Citizenship)
· Board games—great for practising word and number skills