Homework and assessments
In Reception, Literacy homework is phonics based and designed to reinforce recognising letter-sounds, initially from the “Jolly Phonics” scheme. As the children progress, we move to simple words that can be segmented (sounded out) e.g s / i / t and blended (put together) ‘sit’. Often, flashcards are given for children to recall, such as words that cannot be decoded, these are called the “Tricky Words” of the phonics scheme used in the Early Years; ‘Letters and Sounds’. Children are also asked to practise correct letter formation by tracing and writing letters independently. The letter families are used to support the children, e.g “Curly Caterpillar” letters (c,o,a,d,g,q,f,e,s) which all begin in anti-clockwise curve.
Every child will be given a reading book to share at home, beginning with simple picture books to encourage children to handle books carefully, recognise and discuss the familiar events illustrated. As their understanding and application of phonics develops, children then move on to books with simple words and sentences based on their phonic knowledge. Our books are colour banded in-line with National Book Band guidelines rather than following the colour coded ‘stages’ defined by individual publishers, so it may be that children bring home a book from a different ‘level’ from one week to another. We help the children to choose a book suited to their stage, however, if you find that your child is struggling or finding a particular text too easy, we are more than happy to discuss changing it – communication between home and school is very important.
It will help your child immensely if you are able to sit and listen to them read regularly during the week. Sharing a book is the single most effective way to instil a love of reading and promote growing literacy skills. Each child has an individual ‘Reading Record’ diary in which adults in school can record and monitor reading practise and we strongly encourage parents to write in here also, as a home-school link to reading.
When covering a certain aspect of Maths, e.g shape or money, a Maths Home Learning challenge will also be sent for you to spend some time reinforcing this concept at home in the same way your child is learning about it at school. From time to time parents are also invited to contribute to their child's 'Learning Journey' by sharing observations, photographs or activities based around topics we are exploring in school. We love to find out about the lovely learning your child does with you at home.
Each half-term, we embark on a new topic and a list of fun homework activities to explore these topics further is shared with parents/carers. Homework options are designed to allow children to choose to explore the topic through their preferred style of learning, whether it be academic, practical, experimental or creative, with things to make or do. Children are asked to complete one or more of these activities over the course of the term, which we like to share during our topic celebration at the end of term.