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Larwood School

Part of Larwood Academy Trust

Homework

At Larwood School we are committed to developing our pupils’ literacy, numeracy and curriculum skills. The school aims to work in partnership with parents and carers wherever possible and sees home/school liaison and homework as way to facilitate change and make progress in all these areas.

The aim of this booklet is to give you as parents/carers handy hints and tips which can help you to help your child.

The aims of homework at Larwood School are:  

  1. to help pupils consolidate and reinforce school work.
  2. to extend school learning.
  3. to build pupils confidence and encourage self-discipline.
  4. to encourage reading for recreation and enjoyment.
  5. to encourage pupils to study on their own and out of school.
  6. to prepare pupils for secondary school.

PARTNERSHIP WITH PARENTS / CARERS

To be effective homework needs to be part of a wider partnership between parents and schools. Behaviour management and pupil participation are encouraged by a behavioural agreement. At admission parents have the opportunity to hear about their role and responsibilities within the partnership. It is explained that this includes supporting reading literacy and numeracy. In return the school sets out how it will support the parents / carers through communication at the initial admission meetings.

It is not intended that homework should cause stress either to pupils or their families/carers, if there are any problems regarding homework parents are advised to discuss this with the pupil’s class teacher.

Larwood School Homework Schedule

Up to Y4

  • Reading every night
  • Weekly, learn spellings
  • Weekly, times tables, learn as set.
  • Education City – optional.

Y5

As above

Plus a short task to take no more than twenty minutes of per week.

Work may be Literacy, Numeracy or topic related.

Y6

As above

Plus a short task to take no more than twenty minutes increasing gradually throughout the year to one hour per week

Work may be Literacy, Numeracy or topic related.

READING

Please listen to your child read every evening. If your child is reluctant to read their reading book to you, they can read from their favourite comic or book. Let us know via the reading record that they have done this.

Encourage your child to sound out unfamiliar words and to use clues from the story or pictures if they still find a word difficult. Talking to them about the story or content of the book is important as it helps them to develop their comprehension skills.

Your child may also bring a book from the school library. They may prefer to read this rather than their reading book. Again just jot down what they have read in their reading record.

Above all listening to your child read should be an enjoyable experience. If you are experiencing problems with this please speak to their teacher. We value your feedback so don’t be afraid to comment in the reading record, tell us how they read and if you both enjoyed the book.

SPELLINGS

Your child will bring spellings home to learn. This is not meant to be a chore and is a vital skill that children need to learn. Encourage them to look at the word, say the word  and spell it out loud, cover it and write it on a piece of paper.

Some children will learn their words quickly while others may take a little longer to learn them. Little and often can really pay dividends with spellings. Encourage your child to look at their words each evening.

WRITING/RESEARCH TASKS

If you have a child in Y5 or Y6 they may be set tasks related to topics in class and the task may involve some writing. It is not our intention to cause undue stress over written homework but writing is a vital life skill and it is often a great shock when children go to secondary school to discover that they will be expected to do written homework. The homework that we set should take no longer that 20 minutes building to one hour in Y6. Your child should not feel under pressure by the amount of written homework that they are given but they are expected to complete the work to an acceptable standard.

If you are experiencing difficulties try breaking the task into shorter sessions. By all means help but do not do it for them! If you are still experiencing problems please speak to a member of your child’s class team who will be happy to help.

MATHS

At Larwood School it is the ‘year of number’. We are planning many exciting events in school to raise pupils’ enjoyment of the subject and to help them fulfil their potential as young mathematicians.

At home you too can help with this process. It is important that pupils learn number facts in doing this it will help them to develop their mathematical development. They will need to learn ‘number bonds’ which are pairs of numbers when added together make 10, 20 or 100. Multiplication tables are vitally important, children will be learning them in school but reinforcing them at home will help.

At Larwood School we expect that children will learn:

Number bonds to 10

10 + 0 = 10

9 + 1 = 10

8 + 2 = 10……etc

Number bonds to 20

20 + 0 = 20

19 + 1 = 20

18 + 2 = 20….etc

Pairs of numbers that add up to 100

100 + 0 = 100

90 + 10 = 100

80 + 20 = 100…etc

Halving numbers/ ÷ 2

e.g. Half of  18 is 9 and 18 ÷ 2 = 9

Doubling Numbers

e.g. Double 6 is 12 and 6 x 2 = 12

Times tables

0 x 2 = 0

1 x 2 = 2

……..

12 x 2 = 24 etc

You can help by including number questions whenever the opportunity arises for example when laying the table asking questions like “How many knives/forks/spoons will we need?” “How many pieces of cutlery altogether?”

When shopping ask your child questions around buying quantities of items for example: “How many apples do we need if everyone has an apple every day?” “If our shopping is £9.50 and I pay with £10 note, how much change will I get?”

Playing the old fashioned board games like Monopoly, Snakes & Ladders and Ludo or the modern equivalents which involve planning strategies and counting skills can help children to use and practice their skills. Playing card games such as Pairs and Snap can help children to develop their memories and mathematical skills. All of these things are good for helping young minds to develop and good fun too.

ICT

We have two Internet based options for your child this year. We will continue to use Education City (www.educationcity.com) and from time to time your child’s teacher may set Literacy or Numeracy homework. Your child will need their usename & password to access this software, access to a computer and the Internet.

We are introducing Mathletics (www.mathletics.co.uk) during this year. This is also Internet based software. As we roll this out across the school your child will be given a username and password and mathematical tasks will be set for them. This is a fun way of learning all of those mathematical facts that we had to learn by drill and practice. This exciting software enables children to beat their own challenges and learn while having fun earning points and certificates.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your child’s homework then please contact their class teacher by telephone (01438 236333) or via the home/school diary.