Homework/Parent Involvement

                                                                          

All parents and carers are equally valued as part of our school community. Children’s learning is improved when we work in partnership. We therefore believe in close cooperation with all families and in regular consultation between the home and our school. 


The Government expectations for attainment have risen over the last few years and in order to help your child reach Age Related Expectations, we will be setting homework each week, which is expected to be completed for the following week.  The homework will be followed up in class so it is essential that your child completes this at home in order to keep up with what they are learning in school. Each week we would like your child to: 

1. Read for at least 10 minutes everyday if possible. 
2. Practise times tables using TT Rockstars.
3. Log on to Firstnews Ihub and complete an activity. 
4. Practise weekly spellings. 
5. Complete any additional homework that has been set. 


Due to Covid 19, where possible, we aim to set homework online using Seesaw. Seesaw is a simple way for teachers and students to record and share what's happening in the classroom and gives children a place to document their learning, be creative and learn how to use technology. Please make sure that your child has the most recent version of the Seesaw CLASS app download on their home device or if they are using a computer they need to go to -  ​app.seesaw.me. For more information on Seesaw please visit their website - https://web.seesaw.me/parents. For further help you can visit -  https://help.seesaw.me/hc/en-us . You can also find a parent help sheet at the bottom of this page.  This is to limit the amount of paperwork coming home and returning to school, therefore reducing the risk. We will provide alternatives for those where working online is not an option. 


Reading

This year, we are working hard to promote children's love for reading. Learning to read and reading for pleasure go hand in hand. You can help your child by encouraging them to read or by reading with them at home ever night, for at least 10 minutes.  Reading aloud to your child can be one of the most enjoyable parenting experiences. We hope that you and your child create many loving memories as you explore books together. Sharing a book together with your child is time for binding, relaxing and gives you the opportunity to escape into another world with your child. Reading for pleasure will help develop your child's vocabulary, communication, concentration, empathy and imagination. It is a well-known fact, that good readers make good writers. 

How can you help your child enjoy reading?

  • Take time to look together at the words and pictures in a story. 
  • Take turns to read. 
  • Stories can be shared with the whole family so why not invite siblings or other family members to join in.
  • Sit close together when sharing a book. 
  • Don't be afraid to use funny voices - It's a great way to make your child giggle.
  • When you talk to your child about what is happening in a book, give them plenty of time to respond. Try to ask questions that do not require just a yes or no answer. For example, ask them what they think will happen next or how a character may be feeling. 

Reading Diaries 

We ask that you support your child by listening to them read every night for at least 10 minutes. A Reading Diary is given to each child at the start of a new academic year to record what they have been reading each night.  A photo of the completed Reading Diary can be taken and uploaded each week onto Seesaw or the diary can be returned to school for signing. Children can select a reading book from school to bring home along with their diary, however due Coronavirus we will be sending them home in a zippy plastic wallet which needs to be used to return the book and diary. 


Reading Comprehension 

We would like your child to log on to First news iHub on a weekly basis. The iHub is a digital reading platform that is updated weekly with topical debates, polls, comprehensions, word puzzles and writing challenges based on what is happening in the news. Please can they complete the activity set by their teacher each week or if non has been set, choose an activity from the menu.  


Spellings

We will be using The ‘Spelling Shed  - which is a spelling platform designed by a team of Primary School teachers. It is built with primary school pupils, teachers and parents in mind and aims to make spelling fun for children. Each class and the school have a league against schools nationally and internationally. This can be a huge incentive to pupils. The programme is free for computers, however, if you want to access using an app you would need to pay a small additional cost. For more information, see the attached link https://www.spellingshed.com/en-gb/index.html. We will be setting spellings via Spelling Shed each week for your child to practise.  Spellings will also be going on to Seesaw each week. 


Maths 

Children will be set maths homework either on Seesaw or it will be sent home in paper form. This might be on a weekly basis but is dependent on the class teacher. 

Times Tables

Under the National Curriculum, children should know their times tables by the end of year 4.  As part of their homework we would like your child to spend time practising their times tables each week. TT Rockstars is a great online resource to help children learn their times tables. A user guide on how to use TT Rockstars can be downloaded from the bottom of this page. There are many other apps that can be downloaded onto tablets and phones.  If you do not have access to a tablet or computer, please speak with your child's class teacher as we have paper based activities that you can use at home. 


Other online resources include; 
  • Samlearning 
  • Hit the button                  

                                 
                      







As well as helping your child with and making sure they do their homework, there are other ways you can help your child. These include. 
  • Make sure that they attend school on a regular basis. 
  • Be aware of and talk about what they are learning.
  • Show an interest in your son/daughter’s work and results they produce. 
  • Stress the importance of doing well at school.
  • Try to give a feeling of a ‘can do’ attitude and a growth mind-set. 
  • Get them to reflect on their experiences. 
  • Let your child see, if possible, you reading and writing. 
  • Try to have books around. 
  • Finally, talk to your child about school life.

If you need any help, or have any questions, please come and see us. Either catch your child's teacher before or after school or make an appointment via the school office. 

 
 





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