You can find a good selection of books that are recommended for each year group here:
EYFS & Key Stage 1
We would expect the children to read with an adult at home every day. Once your child has completed the book please discuss the story with them, and ask questions. These could include finding out about their favourite part of the story or an alternative ending to the story. Record all your reading sessions in your child's reading record and feel free to include any comments your child may have made about the book. Reading books are replaced whenever they have been finished and are brought in to school.
Class 1 children begin with phonics-linked books.
Class 2 children follow the Collins Big Cat reading scheme which comprises non-fiction books, plays and fiction books including tradition tales, shorter versions of classic books and modern stories.
Key Stage 2
Children may remain on a reading scheme until they are confident and fluent enough to become free readers. If your child is on a reading scheme then please continue to read with them daily. If your child is a free reader, 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.
Please record reading sessions of 15 minutes (both independent and those with an adult) in your child's reading record. We would expect children in Class 3 and Class 4 to complete at least three 15-minute sessions per week. Please note that even fluent readers benefit greatly from reading with an adult as this provides opportunities to check understanding and to clarify the meaning of new vocabulary. On Thursdays reading records are collected, so teachers can assess the amount of reading that has been undertaken and read any comments.
SPELLING - READIWRITER
Readiwriter is used to support spelling across the school. Usernames and passwords are the same as those for Mathletics.
Details will follow.
Classes 2, 3 and 4
Short, frequent practice sessions are the most beneficial. Each week, children should aim to complete a range of different tasks from each section: model, master and magnify. Spelling patterns will be updated weekly in most cases although some groups may be updated fortnightly. Please record time spent on Readiwriter in reading record books.
- Class 2: at least one 15-minute session per week
- Class 3: at least two 15-minutes sessions per week
- Class 4: at least three 15-minute sessions per week
Everyday maths can be practised at home in a range of ways: asking your child to help measure or weigh things when cooking and doing DIY; asking your child to help with paying and getting change in the shop; talking about distances on road journeys etc.
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 may 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 https://login.mathletics.com/
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. Please record these in your child's reading record.
Extended homework projects: these are set once or twice a term, with a variety of topic-based activities using creativity and a range of skills.
Class teachers will keep you informed about due dates for homework tasks.
Last updated - 8/9/21