We believe that our wonderful children work incredibly hard when they're at school. We don't believe that doing an enormous amount of homework is in their best interests... In fact, we'd love it if the majority of their free time was spent doing lovely things or visiting interesting places with their family & friends, perhaps even attempting the National Trust '50 things to do before you're 11¾'!
However, in order for our children to thrive academically we would be delighted if you can support them with the following home-learning tasks:
Reading for all children at Grove Road
There is so much enjoyment to be had from reading to and with your child and we believe passionately that reading as frequently as possible has enormous benefits to children's future happiness and success. It's also such a lovely thing to do together, as parent and child. Why not try a book from one of our lists of recommended reads?
Children from Year 1 upwards all have access to SumDog . Many of them love using this fun, game-based Maths website. Giving them time at home to play on this, and also the Times Tables Rock Stars website, will really help them to develop into confident mathematicians.
In Early Years and Year 1, the children will be learning how to read and spell mainly through learning phonics. From Year 2 upwards, we begin to teach children how to spell using different strategies, believing that learning spellings at home needs to be an extension of the practice in school to enable deeper learning. We give the children approximately 5 spellings each week - these are words they have been finding tricky when writing in class. We believe in learning spellings in a practical, specific way, with research indicating that these strategies are much more powerful than traditional methods of learning spellings by rote.
The learning strategies on the next two pages are introduced incrementally throughout our spelling programme and can then be used to support learning spellings at home.
No Nonsense Spelling Strategies
The class teachers use Seesaw to communicate homework tasks with parents. If you do not have access to Seesaw, please speak to your child's class teacher.
In Year 6, the children sit their national SATs tests. The Year 6 teachers may suggest some additional, optional homework tasks for the children to do at home in order to prepare them for the assessment week.