Pupils are very busy when they are in school. On average pupils have four lessons a day and although teachers aim to have a good balance of 'the listening' and 'the doing' we believe that it is important that time at home is for family time and for pupils to relax as much as possible and learn from daily life outside school. For these reasons we only ask parents and carers to spend time with pupils at home doing the following task with their children:
Pupils must read at least three times a week (ideally every day). Pupils have a selection of books to read and parents are asked to sign reading diaries or make comments. Pupils who do not read at home unfortunately fall behind their peers so practise at home is essential.
Times Tables Rock Stars is a maths programme that takes all the worry out of learning times tables and has a proven track record of boosting children’s fluency and recall in multiplication and division. Pupils enjoy it as it is an online 'game' like programme. It is used for pupils from Year 3 upwards.
Rainbow and Planet Challenge
Pupils are given key maths objectives to learn from Year 1 upwards. The objectives include number facts. Pupils are given the facts to practise and work their way through colours of the rainbow and the planets in the solar system!
Pupils are given a few words to practise spelling on a weekly basis. The words will be a mixture of high frequency (or tricky words) and words that link to spelling rules.
Spelling Shed (used to help pupils with their spellings)
Spelling Shed makes the acquisition of spelling and word knowledge fun and engaging for pupils. The online games align to the spelling programme in school.
There are a number of websites that parents and pupils can access for additional learning. For example: