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.
To accompany pre-learning, we also ask that the following are completed weekly:
-Learning of spellings. This term spellings are a little different, instead of us providing a set list of words for each week, we have provided half of the Year 5/6 words that pupils are recommended to learn. The weekly test could be made up of any of the words on this list (the list can be found below and in their big red books).
We have chosen to do spelling tests this way for this term because tests like this give a much truer indication of your child's natural spelling ability and it mirrors tests that they will sit at the end of each year 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!