Reading is an incredibly enjoyable and rich learning experience and takes time and practise to increase fluency, word recognition and understanding. We expect that every child will read to an adult at least 4 times a week with one of their home reading books, when they do this they receive a raffle ticket. At the end of the term one name is pulled out of the raffle tickets and wins a £5 book
token. We would recommend that you read to your children frequently. Tell them a story rather than using a book sometimes and encourage them to do the same to build up their ideas!
We want you to be as informed as possible to know what your child’s reading targets are, therefore every week on a specific day for each group of children, your child will receive a writing task linked to their guided reading text which they would have been reading and discussing in class. Please help them to understand the task and to think about how they will record their answer,
feel free to support them with incorrect spelling, punctuation or grammar – it is home learning not a test!
Learning to spell is a vital life skill but takes a lot of practise therefore children in KS1 will receive a list of six words to learn how to spell each week. They will receive the list every Monday and be tested on it the following Monday in their spellings book (which stays at school). Please follow the guidance provided on the sheet to help your child to practise but also give them other
experiences to help them to remember the spellings such as using chalk, writing it in sand/mud with a stick etc. You can also support your child further by checking that they understand what the words mean.
To consolidate skills taught during the week, every child will be allocated a task via the ‘My Maths’ website every Friday
and due in the following Friday. Please only spend around 30 minutes on these tasks rather than trying to get through
the whole thing, every child must do it at their own pace.
When a child is ready, they will also be given maths challenges to help with their recall of multiplication and division facts, this is generally towards the last term of Year 1.
Over our longer breaks of 2 weeks or more every child will be given a project to do linked to their topic based work. They will also get a sheet with many dierent challenges on it such as ‘make someone smile’, ‘do the washing up’ for them to see the importance of growing their whole character.
Early Years are still expected to read at home but they will also have target books based on our non-negotiables as a school. These contribute to the children’s learning journals.