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Homework

Homework can support children’s learning and we aim for parents and carers to be actively involved. The main focus will be the practising of basic skills in reading, spelling, handwriting and the learning of number facts. Other tasks related to learning in the classroom may also be set and teachers will also offer opportunities for children to pursue project ideas at home.

Teachers will communicate each week about homework tasks and parents and carers are asked to fill in reading diaries.

The following activities at home will make a HUGE difference to children’s success in school:

Talking

Talking to your child and showing interest in their learning helps concentration and helps them to develop their language and communication skills from an early age. We want our children to know as many words as possible, and they will pick these up from talking to a grown up.

Reading to your child

Research shows that children pick up new words and understanding of language when adults read to them. Children of all ages (even Year 6) enjoy being read to, and it gives parent and child some quality time together.

Listen to your child reading

A few minutes each day really helps! Encourage your young child to sound out regular words using their phonics and talk about characters, plot etc.

Spelling and Phonics

Your infant child will have a log-in for Phonics Play and you will be given flash cards to practise learning the different sounds. As children get older, they will be introduced to spelling patterns and be given list of key words to learn.

Parents and carers can really help their child to commit this learning to memory.

Learning number facts

Infants need to learn and practise their number bonds. (These are the pairs of numbers that make 10, 12, 20 etc.) Juniors need to continue to practise these but also need to learn more of their multiplication tables so that they no longer have to work them out.

Children are provided with a log-in for Numbots and TT Rockstars. Regular practice is fun and helps children to memorise their number facts.

Handwriting

Correct letter formation and joins between letters are crucial if children are to develop fluent, legible writing. Parents and carers are asked to follow the school’s preferred script and to encourage their child to hold the pencil correctly.