Homework & Spellings
Homework is designed to enable children to practise and extend their independent learning skills and will always be linked to something they are currently learning in class. Maths homework will be sent out via the Activelearn Learning Platform on a Wednesday, to be completed by the following Tuesday. Spellings will be tested on a Wednesday and new spellings sent home in the spelling homework book to be returned to school by the following Wednesday. House points will be awarded for signed spelling books and homework returned.
Your child has been given a Reading Journal to use to record the reading that they do at home. They will receive house points for reading at home three times a week or more. Reading Journals will be checked on a Monday, for the previous week's reading.
Please play an active role in your child’s home reading. Your child is required to read at least three times a week for 20 minutes. If they are reading independently, please ask them questions about what they have read such as: What was the main idea in the chapter / story? Who are the characters? What are they like? What words told you this? Please then initial their Reading Journal to say they have read.
It is not always necessary for your child to just read their school reading book. It would be fantastic if they could read a wide range of genres, such as appropriate newspaper articles, blogs, magazines as well as fiction and non-fiction books. Once your child can read fluently, they need to develop their vocabulary and the breadth and depth of their reading, making sure that they become independent, fluent and enthusiastic readers who read widely and frequently.
In the middle of their Reading Jotter, your child has a reading activity sheet. It has been designed to enable the more fluent reader to practice their comprehension skills, and for all children to engage further with the text they are reading. The activities will vary in duration. Some can be carried out over several books; others will be based on one particular text type.
Children are to complete one activity each week, and should spend approximately 20 minutes completing this. They may choose which order they complete the tasks in, dependent upon the genre they are reading. Your child has been asked to complete their reading task on the pages in the second half of their journal, but feel free to encourage then to use the computer or drawings which can be stuck into this part of the book. Children will receive additional house points for each activity they carry out. Reading tasks can be repeated using different texts if necessary.
Your child will be taking part in PE lessons every Thursday and Friday. For outdoor games during the colder months, your child will need plain, dark tracksuit bottoms and a pair of wellingtons for orienteering. Again, your child will be told when they need to have these items in school. Please make sure your child has a full indoor PE kit in school at all times and that it is named.
It is important that your child gets enough to drink throughout the school day and during / after PE lessons. Please can you provide your child with a small, named water bottle.