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Home Learning

At St Mary’s we know that home learning is an important part of your child’s academic development. We set home learning in order to promote learning at home, develop your child’s skill set, develop their independence and for your child to consolidate their understanding in a subject. The time and interest you take with your child and their learning at home will hugely improve their progress in school and develop their confidence as a life-long learner.

We have outlined below the expectations for home learning for children in Year One and Year Two.

Each child will take home a Home Learning Book which is a central place in which to record learning undertaken. Any photographs of home learning can be stuck in here also. The Home Learning Grid will be stuck inside this book for you to refer to as often as required. There will be a new Home Learning Grid each half term. The grid for this term is attached at the end of this page.

 

Year One Year Two

Reading (10 minutes duration)- every day before school/after school.

Spellings practise (10 minutes duration)- 3x per week

Home Learning activity (20 min duration)- please choose one activity a week to complete from the Home Learning Grid. 

The Home Learning Book will be taken in on a Thursday and given back to your child on the Friday.

 

 

 

 

Reading (15 minutes duration)- every day before school/after school.

Spellings practise (15 minutes duration)- 3x per week

Home Learning activity (20/30min duration)- please choose one activity a week to complete from the Home Learning Grid. 

The Home Learning Book will be taken in on a Thursday and given back to your child on the Friday.

 

 

 

 

** Please use this as a guide for your child. They may not finish a task in the time allocated (that is OK) but please do not spend any longer than the time suggested above unless your child wishes to.**

Home Learning Books will need to be in school every THURSDAY please. We would strongly advise keeping this book inside your child’s bag each day so that it is not forgotten.

Spellings

Your child will learn two or more new sounds per week in school. They will be sent home with a spelling list on a Monday containing the sounds they learnt in the previous week. Their list will also contain some ‘tricky words’ which cannot be sounded out, need to be learnt by sight and committed to memory. Please help your child to practise saying the words aloud, identify the sounds in the word and write the words carefully using ‘Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check’. This will help them to make the link between hearing the sound and how it is written. They can write their spelling list on a piece of paper or in their Home Learning Book if they prefer. Please also discuss the meaning of the words and ask your child to verbally use each word in a sentence. Taking the time to learn these spellings will vastly improve your child’s writing and reading so thank you in advance for all your help with this! There will be a ‘Spelling Quiz’ each Monday where they will be tested on their sounds and tricky words from the previous week.

Some other tips for good home learning routines:

 

  • Encourage your child and praise their EFFORT during an activity, not just when/if they complete it
  • Schedule a regular time for home learning
  • Find a quiet place at home to use as a learning area
  • Discuss home learning tasks and how they connect with what they are doing at school
  • Turn off the TV!
  • Don’t let home learning become a chore – keep it fun and make it a special time that you both look forward to.

Reading Rocket Challenge

We have a reading challenge in Oliver Class to encourage daily reading at home which the children really enjoy! In class, the children have a star with their name on which is displayed on a large rocket in the classroom. They move up the rocket the more they read. The reading rocket challenge works in the following way:

If your child reads 20 times (approx. 3x per week) in 1 half term (6/7 weeks), they receive a BRONZE reading certificate in Celebration Assembly.

If your child reads 30 times (approx. 5x per week) in 1 half term (6/7 weeks), they receive a SILVER reading certificate in Celebration Assembly.

If your child reads 40 times (approx. 6x per week) in 1 half term (6/7 weeks), they receive a GOLD reading certificate in Celebration Assembly.

Over 40 reads means a very special PLATINUM reading certificate! 

As you can imagine, the children will be very keen to reach the top of the rocket and receive their certificate in assembly! The reading will be totalled up in your child’s reading diary once a week on a FRIDAY. If your child is due a reading certificate, they will receive it the following Friday in Celebration Assembly.

 

Individual Rewards

Each child will have a little Dojo avatar that is specific to them. They are variations of the blue picture to the right! Your child will receive Dojo points in class for many different reasons, such as; good listening, trying hard, helping a friend and being polite. They will collect their Dojo points throughout the week. Once your child reaches 50 points, they will receive a certificate in Celebration Assembly the following Friday.

 

Class Rewards

As well as working hard as an individual for rewards in the form of Dojo points, we also encourage team work and team efforts in Oliver Class. The children will receive gold coins for extra Golden Time if they all; listen carefully, line up quietly and help tidy up after an activity for example.

If you have any questions regarding home learning, please ask to speak to either Mrs Booker or Mrs Sandercock at the end of the day. Alternatively, you can make an appointment with us by phoning the school office.

 

Thank you for your support with home learning.