Our home learning is designed to support repetition and retention of fundamental learning across the school. Teachers are free to set homework of their choice, as necessary. However, only the following is compulsory:
- Daily Reading – we recommend 15 minutes a day. Children have a school book, but are encouraged to read all and any books they choose. This is to promote a love of reading and to experience reading for pleasure. We also encourage parents to sit with their child and read with them, or listen to them read. For more competent readers, parents should ask children about what they are reading in order to encourage good reading habits.
- TT Rockstars – this is an online tables practice site where pupils can test themselves, take challenges, race against their friends and teachers, or just play a times tables game. The aim is for children to master all of the times tables and division facts up to 12 x 12 and to repeat these often to ensure they are embedded in long-term memory.
- Spelling – pupils are given spellings to learn each week for a test, but can also access SpellingShed, which is an online spelling site with games and quizzes.
- Y5/6: Grammar: pupils have access to Spag.com, which is also a fun way of learning and practising all aspects of grammar and punctuation.
NOTE: Children have login details for the sites above (please check reading records). However, if they have lost these or you need further help, please contact the school office for advice.
Whole School challenges
In addition to weekly home learning, we set regular whole school homework which may be a challenge, a quiz or another activity. These learning opportunities are often open-ended, creative and linked to a whole school theme or event.