Friday 8th November
We believe learning at home is an essential part of a good education. Regular homework is important as it gives your child the opportunity to practice at home the learning covered in class, and helps them work towards improving important skills. It also helps your child to become confident and independent in their learning, which will support them throughout their time at school and in adult life.
We do however recognise that what is set needs to be manageable and meaningful. Therefore, we have made the decision to adjust our homework to focus on the basics so that they are completed well and truly have an impact on the children’s learning.
From now on all children will be set spellings, timestables and reading. All of which are fundamental skills and facts that all children need.
|Spellings||All children will be given between 5 and 10 spelling words to learn each week which are linked to a spelling rule or are from the statutory words list for each year group. On some occasions teachers may include spellings which are commonly being misspelt or rules they feel need further revision.
Children will be expected to learn their spellings each week as well as to learn the actual spelling rule so they can apply it to their writing.
Some children may be issued with personalised spellings which are different to those of the rest of the class. This is based on individual needs.
At the end of the half term, children will complete a ‘Secret 5’ spelling test where they will earn house points for each spelling they get correct. These spellings will be words that they have had set over the half term.
|Reading||All children are expected to read independently or to an adult and record their reading in their Home-School diary. These will be checked at the start of every week. Those children who meet the expectation of reading 4 times per week will be entered into a weekly lucky dip to win a book which will be drawn during celebration assembly.
Children will continue to earn a house point for reading 20 times to an adult.
|Times tables||All children will be expected to practice their times tables on TTRockstars. Weekly scores will be monitored for improvements.
TT rockstars lunch club is available twice a week for those children who do not have access to the internet at home.
Your Spelling Rule
This week’s words all have the /eɪ/ sound in them spelt different ways. Eg. ‘ei’ (vein), ‘eigh’ (eight), ‘ey’ (they), ‘aigh’ (straight): dictation
Your Spelling Words
(All children are to learn the spellings above unless personalised spellings are written in their home school diary. Please note children with personalised spellings will be tested and issued new spellings either on Wednesday or Thursday. Personalised spellings may only be issued for a few weeks or longer depending on the needs of individual children – we are aiming to ensure all children are making progress at a level that suits them).
Please learn spellings ready for a test on Thursday 14th November.
Times tables- TT Rockstars
In school next week you will be practising the 2 times tables. The main focus is on increasing your mental recall speed for these times tables facts.
You could also practise at home by logging on to TT Rockstars and earning coins for each times table fact you answer correctly.
You should also ensure you are reading to an adult at home, try to record this in your home school diary at least 4 times a week. If you meet the expectation of reading 4 times per week you will be entered into a weekly lucky dip to win a book which will be drawn during celebration assembly. Remember 20 reads = a house point!
As a way to track your reading and encourage you to read a range of genres why not try the ‘Read Around The World’ challenge. The leaflet in your home school diary helps you track your progress. Bring your leaflet back to school after 5 challenges for a certificate and house point then after 10 for your second certificate and house point as well as a small prize.
Home school diaries
Home school diaries should be in school each day as they are often used to share informal messages as well as to record weekly test results and reading with an adult. We would like to remind you to please make sure home school diaries are signed by an adult each week as a way to acknowledge this information is being shared. Teachers will also sign each weekly page on a Friday.