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, known as Daisy’s Daily Double:
Daisy's Daily Double
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. All children will have at least one reading book from school and Early Years and KS1 have access to Bug Club, an online reading platform. Why not visit the local library and try a book from one of our lists of recommended reads?
Children have access to a wide range of maths games and apps including Sumdog, Times Table Rockstars, IXL and Numbots. Giving children time at home to work on these apps will significantly boost their mathematical fluency and arithmetic skills, which will help to develop into confident mathematicians.
Alongside Daisy’s Daily Double of reading and maths, children will also bring spellings home regularly:
In Early Years and Year 1, the children will be learning how to read and spell mainly through learning phonics via the Monster Phonics system. 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 5-20 spellings each week (depending on their year group) - these are words they have been finding tricky when writing in class or words identified within the National Curriculum. 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 Pathway
No Nonsense Spelling Strategies
All reading, writing and spellings should be carefully recorded in your child’s planner. Please check this with them every day and sign it on a weekly basis. As children progress through school, they can take on the responsibility of recording their home learning, however we still ask that parents and carers sign the planners weekly and keep checking in.
The class teachers use Seesaw to communicate remote learning tasks with parents and carers. If you do not have access to Seesaw, please speak to your child's class teacher. Via Seesaw, families can also get access to work and reflections uploaded by their children in school and this can be used to stimulate discussions around learning at home.
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.