Children follow the Reading Scheme (Oxford Reading Tree) until they graduate as Free Readers, choosing their own reading books.
Please encourage your child to read at home as much as possible. Whilst it is necessary that children practise reading until fluent, it is also important that they discuss the vocabulary and develop the ability to infer and deduce information that is not directly stated in the text. One method of developing these skills is to encourage children to question and discuss their reading material. The children do this in their reading groups in school and we would like to encourage this at home. Questions for shared reading are available on the school website (in the HOMEWORK DOCUMENTS section on this page).
In KS2, the Reading Raceway Challenge encourages children to read at home as often and as widely as possible. Children earn 1 point for each 15-minute reading session that they complete. In addition, a discussion session of 15 minutes with an adult (using the Reading Questions sheet if needed) is worth 5 points. Please record these sessions in your child's reading record. We would expect children in Class 3 to complete five 15-minute sessions per week. Children in Class 4 are expected to read for three 15-minute sessions per week as they also need to practise spellings (see below).
KS1 Phonics-related spelling lists are sent home weekly.
KS2 Spellings are taught and learnt in school, but children should be encouraged to learn the spellings from the National Curriculum lists which are available on the school website.
Class 4 children are also using Spellodrome to practise spellings in school. Some children have a set of custom spelling lists whilst others have access to the full National Curriculum word list. The children log in using their Mathletics username and password: http://uk.spellodrome.com/#/home. We would expect children to complete three 15-minute sessions on Spellodrome per week and for these to be recorded in their reading record book. Short, frequent practice sessions are the most beneficial.
KS1 and KS2 Mathletics tasks: tasks are set weekly for all children and children are expected to explore and practise the activities and to share their learning with parents and carers. Reception children join the scheme in the summer term. Tasks should be completed by Thursday each week; new tasks are set each Friday. Mathletics can be found at http://uk.mathletics.com/signin/.
Classes 1-3 number facts: age-appropriate tasks are set as needed.
Class 4 children should practise multiplication facts regularly as they are tested weekly on all tables from 2 to 12. Quick recall of all facts up to 12x12 is a requirement of the expected standard for Y4 and this knowledge forms the essential underpinning of our work on written calculations and fractions in Y5 and Y6. The website http://www.timestables.me.uk/ provides a great way for children to give themselves practice tests on specific tables. Children can select tables and choose whether to test themselves on division facts as well as multiplication facts. Short, frequent practice sessions are the most beneficial: 5 to 10 minutes daily can be very effective, especially if specific tables are targetted.
Extended homework projects: these are set twice a term, with a variety of topic-based activities using creativity and a range of skills.
QUESTION OF THE WEEK (OPTIONAL)
Topical questions are set each week and are available on the website with online links for research. These are opportunities for useful and interesting cross-curricular learning and discussion. Children’s contributions are shared and celebrated in Monday assemblies.
Class teachers will keep you informed about due dates for homework tasks.