Reading is our priority. We want every child to develop a love of books. Children should ideally read everyday, even if it's just for five minutes. This can be done at any time: curled up in a cosy den together, at the breakfast table before school or when waiting for an older sibling to finish their club. Whatever works for you!
We also ask that parents continue to read to children as they get older. Doing so encourages a love of books and helps to develop a rich vocabulary. Reading to your child is not only a lovely way to spend special time bonding with them over the adventures contained within the pages, but can also help to develop their understanding of sounds and the rhythms of language. By exposing them to more complex text, above their own current reading ability, they will become familiar with more advanced language and a wider range of themes and genres. By listening to how you tell the story and the intonations in your voice, a child's imagination will be stimulated, supporting their creativity and enthusiasm for stories. Reading to your child also supports their well-being (and yours!). If you don't feel confident reading to your child, why not try listening to an audio book together?
Reception - Phonics sounds and high frequency words.
Year 1 - Spellings and Numbots
Year 2 - Numbots, Times Table Rock Stars, as well as an assigned page from their CGP Maths and SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) workbooks.
Years 3 - 6 - Times Table Rock Stars and an assigned page from their CGP Maths and SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) workbooks.
Year 6 may also be set additional practise questions in order to prepare them for SATs.
We encourage parents to work with their children on homework tasks to promote discussion, deepen understanding and consolidate learning.
Children take part in many out of school activities such as Brownies, Beavers, sports clubs etc. and these clubs are wonderful for the development of your child. If attendance at these clubs makes it difficult to complete homework please speak to your child's teacher.
Pupil planners are used to record any reading that you carry out at home. There are also spaces to note down any questions or queries that you might need to share with the class teacher, any concerns over homework or updates on things that your child is doing outside of school. We will try to put a copy of the weekly spellings in these planners too and inform you of how your child did in any spelling tests or mental arithmetic tests. At the front of the Pupil Planners is our Home/School Agreement for you and your child to sign.