Talk Homework/Family Talk Time

What is Talk Homework & why have we introduced it?

We have introduced Talk Homework in school. A question will be sent home on the newsletter which we would love you to discuss with your child. We ask that children discuss the question with an adult at home. This homework involves discussion only, however we feel that it is just as valuable as any written homework tasks. It is clear that those children who complete their ‘Talk Homework’ regularly feel more confident in tackling their written tasks. We recognise that opportunities for discussion are one of the most important factors in determining a child’s progress in Literacy. Spoken vocabulary is so very important in raising attainment of children. The children will get the chance to feedback first thing on Monday morning. Different children will be chosen each week BUT ALL children will feedback so it is important they do their Talk Homework. Some children will feedback in assembly and we have a moveable board so that you can see the children’s responses to questions. The questions have been devised by the Y5/6’s.

Helping your child to think through and discuss initial ideas in order to develop the thought process.

Talking homework is a chance to:

  • Engage your child in purposeful talk.
  • Ask your child for their opinions.
  • Show that it is fine to have different views or opinion.
  • Develop your child’s vocabulary through the use of WOW words (really good “ambitious” vocabulary which is more sophisticated than normal spoken language).
  • Stimulate your child’s creativity.
  • Encourage the use of Standard English with no slang or incorrect grammar. Children need to understand that the way we talk is different to the way we write.

Some hints for a Talking Homework conversation:

  • Encourage as many family members as possible to be involved in the Talking Homework.
  • Make it an enjoyable activity.
  • Switch off the television to try to ensure that this is dedicated talking and listening
  • Begin a conversation by modelling… “I think that… because …”
  • Ask other family members to give their ideas, opinions and reasons why.
  • Encourage thinking about exciting words to use to make their writing more interesting.

“If they can’t say it, they can’t write it!”