Our Home Learning Expectations

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Let Your Light Shine ~ Matthew 5:16

It’s important that we work together as a team so you can support your child where it is most important - beyond the school gate, supporting your child’s learning at home.    A great deal of thought has been out into our home learning expectations.    There is a range of tasks and activities which will allow the children to practise what they have learnt in school and extend their knowledge.     At no point should home learning ever become a battle or take over your home life.    It is vital that children have time to be a child – playing and enjoying time with heir family and friends.    Every child is different – if you feel that our expectations aren’t quite right for your child, please talk to us and we can adapt them to suit your child.    They are NOT set in stone.

Our Home Learning Expectations:

Reading – Five times a week.   They will need to record their reading in their reading records.   They must read to an adult at least once a week, even when the children become competent readers.  As the children progress through the school, the amount of time spent on reading should increase from about 10 minutes in Otters (Reception) to 30 minutes in Badgers (Year 5/6).     Reading is the key to all education and the most important aspect of our home learning.     Learning to read is just like learning to play a musical instrument – a little and often.    This ensures that the skills become embedded into the children’s long term memory.   

Sharing bedtime stories is also a vital part of helping your child to become a competent reader and writer.     By reading regularly to children, you will unlock their imagination and their desire to read.

Spelling and Phonics– The children will receive their spellings on a Monday.   They will then be tested on the Friday of that week.

Maths - Firstly, we would like you to have fun playing games, baking and do practical things with your children that involve some element of Maths.   Maths is everywhere!   This is just as important, of not more important than the tasks we set on Mathlectics or TT Rockstars.

Maths (Y1 Onwards)  – Mathletics.   Each week the children will be set a task to complete.   This is something you should so with them.    Talking through the task is an important aspect.

Maths (Y2 Onwards) – Timetable Rockstars.    At least five times a week for 5 to 10 minutes.   It is vital that your child knows their tables inside out and back to front.    By the end of Year 4, it is expected that every child will know their times tables.   A great deal of the Maths in Years 5 and 6 depends on the children knowing their tables.    Like Reading, times tables are often better practised a little and often rather than in once a week.    

Topic Work – Every child will have a yellow learning journal which will contain a list of possible things they need complete linked to their study theme.   There will always be a wide selection of tasks to provide the children with some choice.  There is no expectation that they will complete all of them.  Instead they can either choice either one or two big projects to complete or one smaller one each week.     It's important that the children focus on something they are passionate about.   Please, please, please don’t do these tasks for the children – it’s pointless, a waste of your time and your child won’t gain anything for it.    Instead work together, supporting and helping your child if needed.    As the children move up through the school, you should encourage your child to complete these tasks on their own in preparation for High School.   These should then be brought into school on the last Monday of each half term.

We understand that families have busy lives and things happen out of our control, so there will be times when you haven’t been able to complete all the tasks set.    Just let us know.     The key to successful home learning is getting into a routine – put a timetable together for your family.    One that works for you.    This will help your child get into good habits for High School.    Every child is different – some need a break when they get home, others refer to get it out of the way.     It’s important you find out what works for you.

More details can be found on the inidvidual class pages.   
Don't forget we are here to help and support, as always.