You will no longer hear us using the term homework! We now focus much more on pre-learning instead. This is because pre-learning has a greater impact on your child's learning and progress! By giving your child the opportunity to delve into the next week's learning in advance, they are able to gain greater understandings and ideas before we have even started! This allows us to take them deeper and challenge them further.
You will notice in their big red books, your child will get a sticker detailing the pre-learning task for them to focus on. This is set on Friday's and needs to be completed by the following Wednesday at the latest.
This week's pre-learning task:
Pre-learning task set on16/9/20
Due in on 21/9/20
Next week we will start learning about Native Americans. In readiness for this find out as much as you can about the Iroquois tribe.
To accompany pre-learning, we also ask that the following are completed weekly:
-Learning of spellings. Our spellings lists are carefully planned for using the Spelling Appendix in the National Curriculum. Words are grouped together so that we can teach the children about particular spellings rules and patterns each week; this is much more beneficial than children learning random words!
We have different spelling groups because we have purposely tailored the lists to suit each child's ability (the list can be found below and in their big red books). Please note that STAR spellings will be hand-written on by the child each week, in-line with the words they are focusing on in their group.
-Mathletics. 2 or 3 tasks are set weekly that again are in-line with pre-learning. The theme of the tasks set, will cover what is coming up in our next week's learning giving pupils a chance to get ahead and practise the skills needed for those lessons.
-Above all, the most important task, is to ensure children are reading for at least 10 minutes a day. This should be written into their reading record, dated and signed by an adult. Pupils work towards achieving 50 reads (reward = a free book), 100 reads (reward = a bronze badge), 150 reads (reward = a silver badge), 200 reads (reward = a gold badge) and 250 reads (reward = a headteacher's badge) throughout the year, so everyday counts!
Remember a read does not have to be a complete book! As long as it amounts to the minimum of 10 minutes a day, it counts!
If you are able to, it can be very beneficial to ask your child questions about what they are reading to check their understanding of the text. We have provided some posters below which provide example questions to help you with this.