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Home Learning

Our current home learning assignments for each year group can be found here.

Our current home learning assignments for each year group can be found here.

Home Learning – New and Improved!

The school’s leadership team has spent some time re-examining our approach to home learning. This work involved looking at recent research findings, examining the policies of other schools, and gathering opinions of both parents and children within our school community. Following this work, we have made some revisions to our home learning policy – a rationale for which can be found here.

What has changed?

You will have no doubt spotted the big changes to the home learning format. Infants now have an entire page dedicated to both English and maths, whilst in the juniors, activities are no longer divided into sets. Every child now has access to the same tasks and games. The new box at the top of the home learning sheets also aims to give you, as parents, a better explanation of what the children are learning and why.

Furthermore, the previously subject-driven topic home learning instead focuses on the specific types of activities that can go on at home – discussions, craft projects, trips outdoors, as well as more challenging research tasks.

An area of the classroom will display home learning, and an acknowledgement will be made of the children’s individual efforts. For more information about this, please read our home learning rationale.

So why have we done this?

The shift from ‘sets’ home learning to an approach that considers the year group as a whole is another significant change. The new curriculum in English and Maths is arranged so that all children work through the same objectives but at different levels of depth and pace. We have decided to reflect this approach in our home learning policy, offering a range of activities which focus on one particular skill set or theme. Some tasks support children who find concepts difficult, while others provide greater challenge.

We see great benefit in helping parents to support their children. By providing you with information about what your child needs to know and do, we hope that these new home learning sheets will give you the knowledge and confidence to better support your child.

Activities and Games ­– various games and activities to practise the basic skills. These have been given star ratings: 1 star for more accessible activities, up to 3 stars for those that are more challenging.

MyMathsaccess to a school-subscribed website that provides further opportunities to consolidate key skills. Instant feedback is given, allowing both parent and child to monitor their progress as they go. Your child will shortly be given log in details for this website, which you can view by following this link.

Going Deeper – a more challenging activity to stretch children who have already mastered the basics outlined in the Home Learning document. These activities look to develop your child’s reasoning and mathematical thinking skills.

Wonderful Websites – links to other fun games.

Year 1: Each term, the home learning will alternate between Phonics Fun and Take One Book. With Phonics Fun, all tasks will be based around one group of letters and sounds. They will be designed to help children read, write and spell the sounds. With Take One Book, the activities will focus on one particular type of book or poem. They will encourage the children to really think about the focus text, exploring it through a variety of activities and games.

Year 2: This follows a similar pattern to Year 1, with a couple of extra additions. Home learning will alternate between Phonics Fun, Take One Book, and Grammar Fun.  Phonics Fun in Year 2 will have an added I can spell section, with words containing the focus letter sounds for the children to learn to spell. These will be divided into three different levels of challenge. With Grammar Fun, the children will be given a variety of grammar and punctuation activities, designed to help consolidate the key grammar skills taught in Year 2.

Year 3 & 4: Home learning will focus on one particular book or poem: all activities will be connected to this text. There will be a series of games designed to deepen the children’s understanding of, and enrich their thinking about, a specific style of book or poem. There will also be interconnected writing and grammar activities, to help further consolidate key skills being taught in Year 3 and Year 4.

Year 5 & 6: Home learning will follow the same format each half term. There will be a Let’s write… section, which will provide the children with an exciting stimulus to inspire them to plan, and write, their own piece of creative or factual writing. There will also be five different grammar and punctuation activities. These will be rated using a star system, one star denoting an accessible level of challenge, two stars denoting something a little harder, and three stars denoting a more complex level of challenge.

Please see the document below for home learning for Nursery this half term.

Nursery Autumn 2