Reading at Home
We utilise a range of books from different publishers for our Home Reading Books. All books in EYFS Reception and KS1 (Year 1 and 2) are organised by Phonic Phases so that children are reading books that match their phonic ability. Although books will also have a colour band, children will bring home books to read that match their current phonic phase of learning. Your child should be able to use their phonic knowledge to decode the words and read the books they bring home. If you have any concerns, please speak to your child's class teacher. Children will also have the opportunity to bring home a library book, from our school or classroom library, for pleasure - this is a book that the children individually select and may not be matched to their current phonic phase. Please enjoy time with your child reading their library book to them.
All children are expected to bring their reading diaries into school daily.
Children can earn badges through our Rocket Readers scheme. They will be awarded a different coloured badge every twenty-five times they read with a family member at home. If children read every day throughout the academic year, they can become exclusive members of the Reading Star Club and receive a reward for reading 300 times during the year! If children read every day for the whole year they will have 322 reads.
You can also enjoy a range of different books, magazines and texts together. The leaflet below provides parents with some ideas for supporting your child's reading at home. To access a range of free eBooks, please click on the link to Oxford Owl link.
We use reading diaries as a way of recording, acknowledging and celebrating children reading at home. Here is an example of how a parent might complete a home reading diary for children in Reception and KS1. Please complete your child's reading diary every time you listen to them read. In Reception and KS1, encourage them to use their phonic knowledge (the sounds the letters make) to help them read the words.
In KS2, encourage your child to use different voices and expression when the characters speak. Ask them questions about what they read, such as,
Why do you think the author used those words to describe the setting?
How do you think the character is feeling at this point in the story? What makes you think that?
What do you predict will happen next? Why do you think that?
How do the different characters compare?
Maths Home Learning
Every week, children are set maths home learning activities to complete on Eedi. Please click here to login - children have a username and password. Please refer to the Eedi presentation opposite for more information.
In order to further develop children’s effective recall and retention of times tables facts, we use Times Table Rock Stars (TT Rockstars) to provide pupils with an engaging platform in which to develop their times tables skills. Each year focuses on different times tables that are appropriate for that age:
Year 2 focus on 2s, 5s and 10s
Year 3 focus on 3s, 4s and 8s as well as consolidate 2s, 5s, and 10s
Year 4 focus on 6s, 7s and 9s, build up to 11s and 12s and consolidate previous times tables.
Year 5 and Year 6 focus on 6s, 7s, 8s 9s, and 10s and consolidate previous times tables.
Please encourage your child to login to the TT Rockstars website and join in with the fun times tables challenges.
In addition to home learning set by your child's class teacher, these sites may also be useful to use at home with your child. Just click on the links below for a range of maths activities, games and ideas your child can access online:
Project Home Learning
During each term, children will be set home learning with a Project focus. This will enable your child to research the geographical, historical and scientific knowledge underpinning their new Project. What the children produce at home will be shared with their class to help shape the focus for future lessons and establish the questions that need exploring. These sites may also be useful to use at home with your child:
Homework Lunch Club
We understand that it may sometimes be difficult for a child to complete their homework if they have had special events on at home or something has happened to disrupt their usual routine. If, for some reason, your child is not able to complete their homework at home one week, it's not a problem - they can attend our weekly homework club! Homework club is held every Friday lunchtime and supervised by a teacher. Children can complete homework or read a book. They can attend regularly each week, or just when they haven't been able to do their homework at home.
Home Learning Grids
We will provide home learning opportunities for our pupils to engage with during the school holidays. For every half term or end of term holiday, there will be a home learning grid for each year group with a range of suggested activities for your children to enjoy completing at home. Please share how your child got on through Class Dojo, Google Classroom or Tapestry (in EYFS).
February Half Term
End of Autumn Term 2020 (December Holiday)
October Half Term 2020
Updated February 2021