We believe that homework helps children to consolidate and share their learning outside of school.
Most weeks, the Dazzling Dragons will be set English tasks, which help them to learn their spellings, and one piece of maths homework. This will usually be set on a Tuesday and will be due in the following Monday. They will also have a spelling list to learn which will usually be given out on the Tuesday to be learnt for a test on the following Tuesday. 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.
A spelling word search and an activity revising the correct use of 'a' and 'an'.
Adding 100 to a number.
Lists given out on a Tuesday are to be learnt for a test the following Tuesday Where appropriate, some children may be given fewer spellings to enable them to focus on gaining a secure knowledge of the key words.
Year 3 Spellings contain the long /a/ sound spelt 'ey
Year 4 Spellings containing the prefix 'in'
Children will be given plenty of time to do any topic related homework tasks. These will usually be practical in nature with the emphasis being on having fun whilst extending knowledge and understanding.
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.