We believe that homework helps children to consolidate and share their learning outside of school.
Most weeks, the Dazzling Dragons will be set one piece of English homework and one piece of maths. This will usually be set on a Monday. They will also have a spelling list to learn which will usually be given out on a Friday to be learnt for a test on the following Friday. Occasionally, topic related tasks will be given. These will have a longer deadline and will usually be practical in nature.
On going, skills based, homework tasks include reading and learning times tables.
This could be anything from an extended piece of writing to a game to reinforce grammar rules.
Children have been asked to learn their parts for the class assembly on Tuesday morning.
Differentiated tasks on multiplying large numbers using the grid method.
Lists given out on a Friday are to be learnt for a test the following Friday. Where appropriate, some children may be given fewer spellings to enable them to focus on gaining a secure knowledge of the key words. Please see our English page for the current spellings.
This week's spellings look at words with the prefix re
During the month of March, pupils will be asked to keep a 'Moon Diary'. This will involve drawing a quick sketch of the moon every evening (weather permitting!). We will use these sketches to inform our understanding of the phases of the moon.
Children should have a suitably challenging, independent reading book which they bring to school and take home everyday. This can be a book from the class library or an appropriate text from home. If pupils are not sure if their choice is suitable, they are welcome to check with one of the adults in class.
Pupils should be reading outside of school most days. Ideally, they should read to an adult at least three times a week. Children should keep a record of their reading in their diaries and ask parents (or other adults) to sign the diary when they have listened to them read.
Times tables are an integral part of the maths curriculum; children who are confident in their table facts find many aspects of the subject quicker and easier as a result. Unfortunately, remembering table facts is a life long process (even the teachers have to practise them!). Children should be practising their tables regularly at home. This can take many forms, such as chanting and answering quick fire questions. The website 'Sumdog' has many useful games to reinforce table facts. The children have been issued with login details in school which they can be reminded of if necessary! For those lucky enough to have tablets, there are many free apps which can be used to learn tables in a fun and engaging way. '10 Minutes a Day Times Tables' by Dorling Kindersley is a good place to start.