Homework is set using Google Classroom, which the children are very familiar and competent with. Please do encourage them to ‘turn in’ homework on time in line with the instructions set out on the online assignment. Your child should know both their log in and password but please do contact us if there are any issues accessing the work. In addition to this, children have been provided with a homework book to help them complete any paper-based work. From time to time we may also give out an activity sheet in school to take home. Your child will be told each Thursday what their homework is, and given time to ask any questions. We encourage children to start their homework soon after it is set, as they will then have it fresher in their mind, and will have time to ask for any clarification or help if needed. Homework will be based on what the children have been learning that week or may be an opportunity to investigate an upcoming topic.
We hope this will help to keep you aware of what your child should be doing at home. If for some reason your child has not been able to complete their homework please let us know. On some occasions (e.g. due to a trip or visit) there may not be any homework set.
This year homework will be set on a Thursday to be returned the following Tuesday. If a homework is late and not accounted for then a ‘late’ mark will be given out. Two ‘late’ marks will result in that child losing their break time. Homework should be taken care over and handwriting and presentation needs to be to the same standard as in class. If your child is struggling, please encourage them to talk to us rather than worrying about it.
Regular, daily reading is the key to reading success. Two or three of these sessions could be your child reading silently to him/herself followed by a discussion about the book. The other days could be an opportunity for your child to read aloud. It is important that children keep their school reading record up to date, logging the page that they are up to on the book they are reading. Please feel free to also log your own comments in your child’s reading record. Children are expected to log a minimum of three times a week in their reading record, but more is encouraged! Children will need to have their reading records in school on a Tuesday, so it can be checked.
The amount of time children spend reading will vary. Be encouraging and guided by your child’s interest. The following points might support you when reading at home with your child:
- Make sure you are relaxed and comfortable during the reading session.
- Encourage your child to read with expression.
- Your child should be able to read approximately 9 out of every 10 words in the book, fewer than this and the book may be too difficult.
- Discuss the meaning of difficult or usual words and encourage your child to use these new words in sentences when talking to you. Discuss their meaning in context and other ways of using them, as well as other words that mean the same.
- Ask questions about the characters, the plot, the ending of the book and whether your child enjoyed it. If your child is not enjoying a story, stop reading it and ask them to change the book.
- Encourage talk about favourite authors and illustrators, giving reasons for their choices. Look on websites to see what books are suggested as ideal for people who like certain books. Suggest books that you loved when you were young, or books that they have seen the film of
- Try and make sure that your child reads a range of different books, not always stories, and not always the same type of stories.
- Model the reading process yourself by having your own book to read.
- Give lots of praise and encouragement.
- Keep up a regular dialogue with your child’s teacher through the home/school reading diary.
- Read to them: there are books that will be beyond their comfortable reading speed that will come alive more, or books that cover difficult issues that they will understand more with you reading to them.
Similar to in previous years, your child will have an account with Times Table Rockstars. They can earn points and keep a track of their speed, as well as updating their avatar! It is important that by Year 5 children have secured their knowledge of the times table facts up to 12 x 12, as it will come in handy for many maths topics. Please encourage your child to regularly practise their times tables at home, either on Times Table Rockstars or via another method.
An overview of the spellings is sent out at the beginning of each half-term, with a test each week on a Friday. We will have a weekly spelling session on a Monday, where children will be learning, consolidating and revising rules for various letter strings. Children will be given a set of words, or a task, focusing on a particular letter string or spelling strategy – please encourage them to learn these patterns / rules. The weekly test will consist of either a quiz of unknown words based on the rules, a list of words which the children should have learnt that week, or will be a particular spelling task. Some weeks there will also be personalised spelling lists which are sent home as a paper copy.