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 based on the New Curriculum, we are setting homework each week, this could be Maths or one relating to English. 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.
Spellings will also be sent home weekly. We have recently signed up to 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. It works in a similar way to Times Table Rock Stars and 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
Homework will be sent home on Friday and is expected to be completed and returned to school by the following Wednesday. If it is not returned, it may result in them missing a playtime in order to complete it.
Under the new National Curriculum, children should know their times tables by the end of year 4. We are working very hard at this in school but we need your help. Please can you help us, to help your child by practising their times tables at home.
We have many resources in school to help, should you need them, including flip/flap cards and times table grids. In addition, there are many online resources.
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There are many apps that can be downloaded onto tablets and phones to help children learn their times tables.
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.
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. We want to work with you.