Learning at Home

Homework Policy

General Information for Maths

Dear   Parents / Carers,
The following provides a few ideas to reinforce your child’s Maths learning   at home. A few questions on one of the following topics a few times a week is   all that’s needed – perhaps while you’re driving along in the car, or cooking   tea – I’m not suggesting long pencil and paper sessions!

photo One   of our recurring topics is one more than, one less than. We encourage the   children to think of the 100 square (see back of sheet).  They then look for the number one back, or   one forwards.  Alternatively, they may   count backwards or forwards.Once   they are confident with this, we move on to 10 more than, and 10 less than.   We encourage the children to find the pattern of looking above or below the   number to find 10 more or less than their starting number.
 We also do lots of work on number bonds. The   children are challenged to find as many ways as they can to make 5, 6, 7, 8,   9, or 10.Two   common things they forget are – to   reverse ways (eg 3+2=5, so another way is 2+3=5) and to   include 0 (eg 5+0=5, and 0+5=5)     photo BN

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Another   topic we work on often is that of money. A lot of children get muddled about   which coins actually exist – they will suggest using a 7p coin for example.   So appropriate questions would be along the lines of ‘How much is 5p and 3p?   What coins could you use to make that?’‘One   apple is 5p. How much for 2 apples? What coins could you give the   shopkeeper?’‘I   buy a banana costing 7p. I pay with a 10p coin. How much change will I get?   What coins might my change be?’

With practice, your children will probably start finding these questions easy – in which case, up the stakes a little! Can they find ways to make 20? How much change would they get from a 20p, or a 50p coin? Ask them to add three amounts together instead of 2. What coins would they need to pay?

Thankyou again for your support – it really is invaluable to your children, and the results do show in the classroom.

General Information for Writing

Beginning

  • Write from left to right with letters touching writing lines
  • Place spaces between words – Use a finger, lolly stick, etc.
  • Use uppercase and lowercase letters
  • Use a capital letter at the beginning of a sentence / name
  • Use punctuation at the end of a sentence
  • Use drawing, guided writing, and dictating to write
  • Use phonic knowledge and key words to write simple words
  • Write correct beginning and ending constant sounds
  • Understand there are different types of writing (lists, letters, etc.)

Intermediate

  • Consistently use correct, basic capitalisation and punctuation
  • Write in complete sentences
  • Write correct beginning, middle, and ending sounds
  • Use and spell key words correctly
  • Be able to read own writing to share with others
  • Organise sentences based upon one topic
  • Plan Stories (brainstorm, list, organised drawings)
  • Create and publish a variety of writings (stories, lists, letters, etc.) Begin to use voice, audience, and purpose in writing
  • Use simple connectives (and, because etc)

Advanced

  • Continues to use key words and additional spelling words correctly
  • Consistently use correct capitalisation, punctuation, sentence structure, tense, and subject/verb agreement
  • Organise writing with beginning, middle, and ending
  • Choose main topic to write about
  • Add details to support main idea
  • Use paragraphs
  • Begin to use different connectives (First, Second, Third, Last, Next, etc.)
  • Use editing tools (dictionary, partner) to revise first draft
  • Produce a variety of writings (poems, stories, letters, personal narratives)