St Andrews

Homework

At St Andrew’s we believe that carefully designed homework can play a valuable part in the education of our pupils. It offers opportunities for study which is more independent of the teacher and thus lays foundations for the experience of homework at the secondary stage of education.

We also have a firm commitment to developing positive liaison between home and school and we believe that when parents support their children through the homework process the liaison is strengthened.

Reading

Reading

In Early Years and Key Stage One, we encourage children to develop their own reading preferences and love of reading by allowing them to choose their own books to take home from the reading scheme.

Our KS2 children also choose their own books to take home from our reading scheme. We encourage them to read these at home with an adult or independently every night.

Please sign your child’s reading record to show they have read at home.

Mental Maths

Mental Maths

Children receive mental maths homework weekly based upon strategies and number facts they have been learning that week and from Year 1 upwards, children carry out a weekly mental maths test , in which results are recorded and monitored to ensure children are making good progress and identify any children that may need additional support.

Pupils are encouraged to practise their mental maths skills at any opportunity such as, when lining up for dinner, when they have completed their work, playing mental maths games with their friends and during car journeys etc.

Early Years

Early Years

In Nursery, children are encouraged to complete a homework challenge set twice a half term. The homework challenge is sent out with children on the Nursery newsletter. Once completed, children can bring in their homework and it will be kept in the child’s individual folder.

Reception children are encouraged to read every day at home with an adult. Please discuss what you child has read and then record the text in your child’s Reading Record. In Reception, children are also encouraged to practise reading the words on their key word list at home.

Tapestry

In Early Years, we use Tapestry which is an online system of recording your child’s learning in Nursery and Reception. A massive advantage of this system is that you can instantly add your own comments to entries, add your own entries of your child’s learning at home and can show your child’s online book to members of the family.

Please click here to download more information about Tapestry.

Key Stage One

Key Stage One

Homework will be sent every Friday to be completed in pencil by the following Wednesday. Children will receive spellings, mental maths and another piece of work each week. There will be a spelling test and a mental maths test every week:
Year 1 - Test every Friday
Year 2 - Test every Wednesday
Please encourage your child to ask in school for further explanation of their homework activities if they don’t understand, before it is due to be handed in.

Your child should also read every day, in addition to homework. Please discuss what you child has read and then record the text in their Reading Record. You can also include any comments about their reading. Your child can also be encouraged to read other things, e.g. newspapers, comics, magazines, library books, etc. which can also be recorded.

Year 1 - High frequency key words will also be sent home along with individual reading books.

Key Stage Two

Key Stage Two

Homework will be sent every week to be completed in blue pen or pencil by the following week. Children will receive spellings, mental maths, grammar and another piece of work each week. There will be a spelling test and a mental maths test every Friday. Please encourage your child to ask in school for further explanation of their homework activities if they don’t understand, before it is due to be handed in.

Your child should also read every day, in addition to homework. Please discuss what you child has read and then record the text in their Reading Record. You can also include any comments about their reading. Your child can also be encouraged to read other things, e.g. newspapers, comics, magazines, library books, etc. which can also be recorded.

Recommended time allocation for homework

Reading

Early readers   - 10-20 minutes daily to / with an adult
Fluent readers   -10-20 minutes independent reading including discussion with an adult to develop understanding

All children benefit from an adult reading to them.

Homework

Time allocation in addition to reading:

KS1 – 30 minutes a week
Lower KS2 – 45 minutes a week
Upper KS2 – 1 hour a week

 

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