Home Learning in Key Stage 1
Children will receive regular weekly home learning in Maths, Reading and Spelling.
They will also be given additional projects or tasks to support a class topic or other area of learning, called Pick and Mix, which will be sent out near the beginning of he term. Children will then be given the chance to share this with the whole class.
What books can they read?
Children are given a reading book band by their class teacher and are able to choose a book from within this banding. We like to encourage of love of books and reading so children are welcome to bring in books from home or the library to read in class during quiet reading.
What is the purpose of the reading diary?
It is a record for teachers, parents and pupils to record children’s progress. Children will be heard to read at least once a week (individually or in a group) by the teacher or other adults, who will note this in their reading diary. There may also be a comment which may be linked to your child’s reading targets, next steps or progress. We ask that you try to hear your child read 5 times a week and then record in the diary. Children may also record reading activities in their diary as well as filling in reading challenges such as Readathon, Readingo, Summer Reading Challenge etc.
How can I help my child?
Some questions you could ask to extend their understanding are: What was the character like? What was the best part? Explain how the author made the character seem angry, sad…? Can you invent a new title? Can you predict what will happen next? Can you tell me what you think about..? What evidence can you find to support your opinion? Could the story be improved? What word could you use instead? Would you recommend the story to someone else?
Your child will be given weekly spellings to practise and this may be done in a variety of different ways. Spelling practise and activities are to be completed at the back of the Home Learning Diary. The children will be taught spelling strategies, such as look, cover, write, check and using their phonics for spelling. If you think your child is ready then they can also practice their spelling words in sentences however this may only be appropriate for Year 2 children towards the end of Key Stage 1 as part of transition into KS2.
Maths Home Learning involves games or activities to learn and quickly recall number facts. Children in Key Stage 1 will be given a number facts booklet which we use to record progress and let you know which facts to work on with your child. Your child will be tested on these once a week and will be given a 1 Minute Maths sheet each week for them to practice to help them with this assessment.
Pick and Mix
Pick and Mix home learning is created using the children's ideas and sent home near the beginning of each term. This is a chance for children to choose something to learn about at home from one of the foundation subjects. Children can then present what they have learnt on our Pick and Mix day later in the term.
If you need any further support or guidance, please let us know.