Homework at Ermine Primary Academy
In line with current research and the school’s renewed drive to promote reading at home, the outline for weekly homework in Key Stage 1 and 2 are as follows:
Reading at least 3 times a week and recording this in the reading diaries,
Learning age appropriate spellings (and the spelling rules),
Practicing key times tables, including both multiplication and division facts.
If a child is inspired to do more homework, this is of course to be encouraged. At the start of a topic, the class teacher will discuss a range of topic based outcomes that the children could choose to do. There is no deadline for these outcomes but they will be celebrated in class when the children choose to bring them in. We feel if a child is inspired to do more, this promotes a love of learning as well as fostering their skills as an independent learner.
The homework expectation in Reception is for the child to read as much as possible as well as to work with an adult on the RWInc spellings they bring home.
How to support your child with their learning at home
Listening to your child read is the most powerful way of supporting their learning and understanding of the world. Even older children can benefit greatly from sharing a book with an adult or older sibling. When you read with your child, try to ask them questions about the text and discuss the meaning of the words they are unsure about. The children can use the reading diary to share their thoughts on the books they have read and the key words they have found.
Taking your child to the local library is another powerful way of supporting your children to read more as well as allowing them access to appropriate reading books at home.
If you can’t hear them read, then the child can still fill in their blue diary and ask an adult to sign it to say that they have read.
The spellings the children receive will be linked to the spellings rules they are exploring in the lessons.
Spending time discussing their spellings is also a valuable use of time. You can support the children in memorising the spellings but also discussing the spelling rules and other words that may also follow the same rule.
To help learn their spellings, a child might:
- copy the words out several times,
- make flashcards to test themselves over the week,
- use online games to practice the spelling patterns,
create rhymes to learn the key parts of the words.
Having a good knowledge of times tables (both multiplication and division facts) is a key skill in supporting a child’s learning in Maths. Spending time practicing these with your child will support almost every element of their maths work.
To learn a times table, a child might:
- make themselves a tables test for an adult to check,
- create posters or recordings of their tables to support their recall,
- engage in online games and competitions to speed up their recall.