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Quick Glance Homework Timetable

(‘Hand in’, ‘give out’ and ‘test’ days)

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday        

Friday

 

All Year Groups

Times Table Rock Star test

(excluding Year 1)

Reading books changed

 

Times Table Rock Star test

(excluding Year 1)

 

Spelling word search due in

 

 

Spelling test

 

 

Reading books changed

 

Times Table Rock Star test

(excluding Year 1)

 

New Spelling lists sent home

 

Times Table Rock Star test

(excluding Year 1)

 

Times Tables Test. New focus sent home

 

Completed Maths Mat to be handed in

 

New Maths Mat sent home

 

 

Collaborative Family Project  1 per term

 

 

  • PLEASE NOTE – YEAR 6 HOMEWORK WILL INCREASE AND CHANGE AS THE YEAR PROGRESSES AND WE GET CLOSER TO THE NATIONAL TESTS.

 Old Clee Primary Academy Homework Policy

A Parent/Carers Guide KS1-KS2

 

The Purpose of Homework

At Old Clee Primary Academy, we believe that homework will:

  • Encourage students to develop the confidence and self-discipline to work on their own.
  • Encourage and develop a pattern of learning behaviours essential for Secondary School and beyond.
  • Consolidate and reinforce skills and understanding.
  • Extend school learning, for example through additional reading and the acquisition of basic number skills.
  • Enable children to devote time and develop resilience for particular demands such as project work.
  • Encourage and develop the foundations of organisation and accountability through meeting deadlines – life skills.
  • Support the home/school relationship.
  • Inform parents about the type of work and learning children engage in during their Primary Education.
  • Build the foundations for lifelong learning.

 

‘Trying our Best’ – (Standards/Expectations)

At Old Clee Primary Academy, we strive to ensure that our children take pride in what they do, both at school and at home.   We feel that ‘taking pride’ and ‘trying our best’ are life skills that children need to acquire early on.   Therefore, when children are completing their homework, it would be really useful if they had access to a pen or pencil and a ruler if possible.  Children need to develop the skill of maintaining a standard across a number of different environments and completing homework is a great place to transfer this from school to home and vice versa.

 

Organisation of homework and being prepared

Children will be given homework on a Friday and the expectation is for this to be completed and returned by the following Thursday.

Children who do not complete their homework and/or hand it in on time, will be asked complete it during the school day.  (Handing homework in on time and being organised for our older children is as important as completing homework as it develops the independent and organisational skills children need to develop.)

 

 

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Reading

Children will be expected to read between 3-5 times per week.  Children will have a scheme or non-scheme reading book and a reading record book.  In the past children who have been pushed or raced through reading schemes and reading books can read words quite well but have very little understanding of what they read because their comprehension has not been developed.  Therefore, it is of far greater importance that children have in-depth discussions about what they have read at each stage, rather than race through words on a page.  Reading is not a race! This has little value.  To this end, in your child’s Reading Record, we have given you an outline of a 3 day approach to help you support your child in learning to read with understanding.  This approach can be used with non-scheme books too and applied to longer, more in-depth paragraphs for pupils who read longer books: 

  1. Day 1 recap what has happened or what the child has found out; look for tricky words coming up in next part of the book – discuss meaning;
  2. Day 2 read the part discussed on the previous day; check understanding through your questioning of what the child has read.  Has the meaning of the tricky words be retained?  If not discuss again.  Talk about what has been read and relate it to own experiences. 
  3. Day 3 either re-read part of book again with fluency and better understanding this time OR move on to another part and repeat Day 1 and Day 2.  REMEMBER - the most important part of reading is to QUESTION DISCUSS, QUESTION, DISCUSS! Children will be given the opportunity to change their reading book on a Tuesday and Friday.

 

Book Reviews

In KS2, children will be expected to complete independent book reviews. This will count as a maximum of 2 reading home works and the entry in the reading record should be ‘Book Review’.  In KS1 children will be introduced to book reviews during the school day.  There will be increasing opportunities for children to complete these at home, when the children are ready.

 

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Spellings

Children will receive up to ten spellings each week to learn in preparation for a weekly spelling test. The spellings will focus on a weekly spelling rule, common exception words, spelling patterns to apply, or the statutory High Frequency word lists dictated by The National Curriculum for each year group.

The best way for children to learn their spellings is using the:  LOOK, SAY, COVER, WRITE, CHECK (LSCWC) process.  A sheet will be provided in the child’s homework book to practise, alongside a word search to complete. A weekly spelling test will indicate children’s confidence with the words and ability to retain spellings learned.  ONCE THE HOMEWORK HAS BEEN RETURNED YOUR CHILD CAN STILL PRACTISE THEIR SPELLINGS RIGHT UP UNTIL THE TEST DAY USING THE ½ TERMLY OVERVIEW ON THE SCHOOL WEBSITE UNDER YOUR CHILD’S ‘CLASS PAGE’.

 

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Times Tables (Year 2 – Year 6)

In 2020 schools and parents will see the DfE/Government introduction of a new National Statutory Assessment Test (SAT) which tests children’s Times Tables’ knowledge up to 12 times tables.  This test will be given to all Year 4 pupils.  These children are currently in Y3, and it is expected that children know all the tables and the associated division facts ALL ‘off by heart’ by the middle of Year 4.

However, it is already a National expectation that children in Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6, know their tables up to 12s off by heart and can easily recall and manipulate the number facts to find further facts.  They need this knowledge in order to access the higher level maths now required by the children in the National Curriculum.  What we do know is that children who do not know them off by heart already struggle with the maths they are being taught and so it is really important that these are learned, known and easily recalled.  So help from home is crucial.

Please see the table below for a breakdown of weekly times table to focus on. Children will take part in a daily test where they will be asked to recite both multiplication and division facts at speed. It is up to the children how they learn their times tables, but every child does have access to the Times Table Rock Star website, which they can use to practise.   The daily test will indicate how much they have practised and show how much progress they are making towards internalising the facts for quick recall.  Login details and passwords can be found in your child’s home school contact book along with their weekly test scores every Friday.  The web address is  https://ttrockstars.com/login  (it’s the student login you are looking for).  We will help by asking children to recite tables’ knowledge daily too.

Children simply cannot afford not to know them.  The gap in mathematical knowledge will grow wider and wider and they will get left behind in maths.   Help and support from home will make a huge difference to your child and we thank you in advance for your support here.

 

Year Group

Expected Time Tables to Learn

1

Number bonds (see below)

2

x2, x3, x5, x10

3

x4, x6, x7, x8 (and the previous year group)

4

x9, x11, x12 (and the previous year groups)

5

Increase their speed in the recall of times tables and knowledge of the corresponding division facts.

6

Increase their speed in the recall of times tables and knowledge of the corresponding division facts.

 

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Number Bonds (Year 1)

It is important that children know their number bonds (pairs of number that total amounts up to 20), as well as counting forwards and backwards in tens by the end of Year 1. This includes all numbers between 0 – 20 e.g. pairs of numbers that make 5, 7, 13, 15, 19 etc. Children in Year 1 will receive regular homework on this in preparation for the weekly number bonds challenge. The weekly challenge will indicate how much children have practised at home, how much they have retained and progressed.   Parents will be advised in the Home/School Contact book when this will start.

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Maths Homework –  ‘Maths Activity Mat

Throughout the school (Year 1-6), children will be set a ‘Maths Activity Mat’ to complete each week. The content of the mat is based upon the year group end of year expectations and will provide the children the opportunity to revisit key skills throughout the year. It will also inform parents of the expectations of the new maths curriculum children are required to meet and enable parents to work on areas with their child at home should they so wish.   The format of this will remain the same, with the question content changing weekly. This will be sent home on a Friday and expected in the following Thursday.  It will be placed in your child’s homework book.

 

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Parent/Child Collaborative Topic Project

During each new topic (once per term), children will be given a homework project to extend the topic learning to home. This is a project where parents and children can work collaboratively to produce a piece of work which will be due in at the beginning, middle or end of a topic.

 

Taking in to consideration feedback we have had from parents regarding this, we have made some changes to how these will be run.

 

You said: Projects can be time consuming as they are often Art or DT based.

 

We did:  You will now receive information on the topic theme of the project, alongside a range of activities that address different curriculum areas for you and your child to choose from e.g. write a poem, go on a nature hunt, research a specific topic, create a collage, design a healthy menu etc.

 

The project allows children to work collaboratively with parents and develop a greater understanding of their topic. It allows parents to choose 1 activity of their choice, or more if they like. There is also a ‘family’ section which will offer those parents with more than one child in school the opportunity to choose the same activity to complete collaboratively with all children -  thus avoiding having to complete numerous.   The value of this type of homework comes through the time parents/grandparents/carers etc and children spend together, through the discussions, talk, teamwork and the listening skills needed to be employed by the child. This will then be celebrated in class and displayed in our learning environments.

 

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