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Newsletter – 23 September 2016 – Homework

Dear Parents/Carers,

New Whole School Homework Approach – Autumn 2016

We believe that homework:

  • Helps to develop an effective partnership between school and home
  • Is valuable in consolidating and reinforcing skills and understanding
  • Encourages children as they grow older to develop the confidence and self-discipline needed to study independently

Every class will have their own homework grid (this has been explained and given out to your child in class today). The grid approach allows for children to become more independent learners and with the support of their parents plan when tasks will be completed. We hope this approach can also work alongside children’s ever increasing extra curriculum and social activities. Please note that Early Years and Year One will be using this homework grid later in the school year.

On the grid are tasks which need to be completed. Your child needs to complete one task from the grid every week. You can choose to complete the tasks in any order. Once your child has completed a task, we would like you to sign and date the grid.

The homework task needs to be completed and handed in to your class teacher on a Friday. The homework will then be marked and returned to your child on the following Friday.

The marking of homework is important for the child’s confidence and also for teacher assessment. Within a half term at least one task will be quality marked. Other tasks may have a comment, stamp, sticker or verbal feedback may be given to your child.

In addition to the tasks on the homework grid, your child is also expected to complete:

Early Years

  • Reading (Minimum of 3 times per week)

Key Stage One (KS1) Years 1 & 2

  • Reading (Minimum of 3 times per week) and learning spellings for the weekly test / Gem words
  • Completion of Maths Passports tasks or Maths activity

Key Stage Two (KS2) Years 3, 4, 5 & 6

  • Reading (Minimum of 3 times per week)
  • Spellings for the weekly test
  • Completion of Maths Passports tasks

If your child is unable to complete homework for any reason, a short letter of explanation is needed to be sent to the class teacher. For children in KS1 and KS2; if a child consistently fails to complete homework, they will be expected to complete it during a playtime and the parents will be contacted.

If you have any questions regarding individual homework tasks please contact the class teacher who will be able to talk through the task with you and your child.

We would like to thank you for supporting your child with their learning.

Kind regards

Ms. L. Tight Headteacher

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