Welcome from Miss Jarman
Pupils’ work across the curriculum is often of a high standard. They take pride in what they produce and work hard in the time given. (Ofsted 2018)
Although homework at Primary School is not compulsory, we believe that it is an important part of a child’s school life.
- It provides great opportunities for them to learn independently.
- It allows children to take responsibility for their learning; setting time aside and being organised – a valuable tool when moving through Years 6 and onto secondary school.
- Reinforce and consolidate classroom learning.
- Provide opportunities for parents and children to enjoy learning together.
- Inspire children to want to extend their learning.
Each week, the children will be set 2 pieces of homework:
All homework is set on a Friday and is due in the following Wednesday, unless stated otherwise.
Every Friday, one or more tasks will be set on MyMaths for your child to complete by the following Wednesday. This will relate to the work they have been doing in class that week. It will either support their learning or provide an extension to what they have already learnt.
Additional maths homework may be set from time to time to support personalised learning.
If your child is unable to complete their My Maths homework at home, there are opportunities throughout the week at lunch times for this to be completed. For Year 6, this is a Tuesday lunch time.
Learning times tables should be an ongoing task at home. It is fundamental that the children know their multiplication facts by heart as this provides an excellent foundation for their maths knowledge. Hit the button is a great game that the children can play to help with learning their times tables.
Spelling homework will be sent home each week as well. These spellings are linked to the Read Write Inc spelling programme that is followed in school. Your child will be set a list of 6 words each week – known as Jumping Orange words. These words are chosen based on the Year 5/6 National Curriculum spelling list. It is expected that they learn each spelling, find and write out the definition to each spelling and put each spelling into a sentence. There are further tasks, should your child want to complete these. It is very important for the children in year 6 to not only know how to spell each word but to know the meanings of these words and to be able to use them in the correct context.
Guided reading lessons take place during the school day to ensure that every child is given the opportunity to read at least once a week with adult support. Every child, within a group, has a guided reading lesson with myself and a teaching assistant, where we will listen to the children read and ask questions based on this text. For the rest of the sessions the children are set different tasks such as: Comprehension activities, follow up tasks and SPaG activities.
We really encourage children to read daily. Although in year 6, children tend to enjoy reading on their own, we do also value paired reading with someone at home. When sharing a book with your child, we would ask that you provide support in checking their understanding of the book they are reading by asking questions such as:
- What has happened so far?
- What do you think is going to happen next?
- What do you know about the characters?
- What can we deduce about a character from their actions?
- Why do you think the author used that sentence/ word?
- How does the author want us to feel when we read this sentence/word?
- Where can we find evidence to support this opinion?
CGP Revision Books
All children in year 6 have access to CGP revision books for Maths, English and SpaG. It is expected that the children work through these books at their own pace – they may not be set homework each week based on these books. The children are instructed to complete independent revision at home based on the learning we have completed in school and should therefore aim to complete a few pages each week.
Take Home Task
A ‘take home task’ will be set at the start of a new topic to be completed by the start of the next half term.
Further Guidance on Homework
Homework should never cause unnecessary stress or anxiety for the child or parent. Please let the class teacher know if you feel this is the case. We recommend that children in Year 6 do not spend longer than 45 minutes – 1 hr in any one homework session.
Please encourage your child to take pride in the good presentation of their homework.
Thank you for your cooperation,
Activities from our Ice Worlds topic
Painting icy seascapes, building Shackleton style shelters, and applying to be part of Shackleton’s crew