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How to best support your child this year: Home Learning Expectations Y1-6

 

Reading:

It is essential that all children, whatever stage they are at, read at least four times a week. Making time to read every single day will have an enormous impact on your child’s learning; there is no better way of supporting your child in their learning. Depending on what stage your child is at, this activity will take different forms: 

  • Developing readers: sitting with your child and listening to him or her read aloud to you, modelling how to sound out tricky words and talking about the text. 
  • Confident readers: regularly asking your child what he or she is reading and taking an interest in the books that are read. Helping your child to find books that he or she is interested in. Quizzing your child about characters, plot and what he or she likes or dislikes about the text. Still hearing them read aloud at times and you reading to them. Year 6 are definitely not too old to be read to and for them to read aloud!
  • Reluctant readers: choose a story or non-fiction text that you can enjoy together. Read a short section aloud and ask your child to ‘echo’ it back. Read to the end of the chapter / page so that your child can enjoy the text and develop an enjoyment of reading. 

What you need to do: 

  • Ensure that your child is reading at least four times a week (more whenever possible).
  • Record in the Home/School diary that you have heard your child read or seen them reading and what has been read to celebrate and communicate this activity with your class teacher.

 

GPS (grammar, punctuation, spelling),& Spelling:

Each Friday for homework children in Years 2-6 will be given 7 words which relate to that week’s spelling/phonic focus. They will need to use these 7 words in 7 sentences. These sentences need to be written in their spelling books and a photo uploaded to Seesaw for marking. 

Children in Year 1 will be sent 7 words, linked to their phonic pattern, to practise reading and writing. These can be written in their red books, written on a chalkboard, created with letter tiles, spelt using foam letters in the water, or a mixture of all sorts! A photograph of the practice will need to be uploaded to Seesaw.

Years 3 – 6 will also be set 1 or 2 SPaG.com activities per week (their log ins are written in their Home/School diary).  SPaG.com will be set on a Friday and needs to be completed by the following Thursday evening.

 

What you need to do: 

  • Look out for your child’s spelling homework book which they will have brought home.
  • Log into the Seesaw Class App using the Home Learning Code provided to access the spelling words set each Friday (this is different from the Seesaw Family App). Please don’t try to access spelling homework if you are logged onto the Family app, it won’t work.
  • Please build this homework into your weekly routine and check that your child has completed it to a good standard. A photo of spelling homework needs to be uploaded to Seesaw for marking by Wednesday of the next week.

 

Maths:
In order to be successful in mathematics, all children need to be confident and quick at mental arithmetic. Our ‘Total Recall’ system structures and rewards children in learning key number facts (e.g. times tables, factors, units of measure) and is an important part of your home learning. Using Numbots for Year 1 and Times Tables Rockstars Y2-6 regularly at home will help your child develop fluency of number facts. Each Friday, all children in Y1-6 are set Mathletics activities which need to be completed by the following Thursday evening.

What you need to do: 

  • Use quizzing to help your child work towards their next ‘Total Recall’ badge (e.g. practise number bonds and times tables) Year 1 can use Numbots and Y2-6 Times Tables Rockstars to practise maths facts at home. Login details are in Home/School diaries.
  • On Fridays, Mathletics activities will be set for each child.  Login details for Mathletics are in your child’s school diaries. Support your child to complete the 2 activities which have been set for them on Mathletics by the following Thursday evening. After the two set activities have been completed, children can free play on other Mathletics activities as much or little as you would like them to!
  • If your child is completing Mathletics independently, please monitor that all activities have been completed by Thursday each week. 


Topic:

Each half term, your child’s learning will be centred around a topic. This half termly topic will drive learning in almost all areas of the curriculum providing an opportunity for immersive and engaging learning across the curriculum. 

What you need to do: 

  • Look out for the ‘Knowledge Organiser’ which will be sent out at the start of each topic. This document lists the key information and vocabulary that children will need to successfully navigate their topic work. 
  • Quiz your child on what they have learnt so far and what they want to learn next.
  • If you have any family links to the topic, please do let us know. Photos and information can be shared with the class via Seesaw. 
  • Look through the Optional Topic Homework list, which is sent at the start of each topic and try to complete some of these at home for additional home learning over the half term.  Any projects/photos can be uploaded to Seesaw.

 

Your continued support will enable your child to get the most out of every learning opportunity that they are given and enable them to become the best learner that they can be! If you have any questions, or need any additional support, please do contact your class teacher via Seesaw or the school office by emailing admin2639@welearn365.com .

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