A range of homework activities have been set for various days of the week. All the activities are intended to support your child's learning in school (either consolidating recently taught concepts, reviewing existing knowledge in advance of upcoming class work, or, in the case of the 'homework grid', allowing an opportunity to find out more about areas of our class Topic that your child is especially interested in).
If children are falling behind or don't have access to a computer at home, they can arrange with me to complete it during lunch times at school.
At the start of year 4, the following homework will be set:
- Learn spellings for a test on a Monday. 'Look, Cover, Write, Check,' sheets will be sent home each Monday. The children will also have included two or three words that they have made errors on in their books. They will test each other on these words each week also. There is information regarding this at the foot of this page.
- Times tables (TT Rockstars) - ongoing (ideally daily) practise at home. At this time, the children are set up to practise times tables that they are currently not fully confident in. Please download the free app onto tablets, phones etc as this makes it really easy for your child to undertake practise in a 'little and often' approach - 5 minutes most days will have an enormous impact. The aim is for children to know all their times tables (up to 12) by the end of year 4.
- Reading with an adult. Reading Miles are collected on Thursdays. Even if your child is a confident reader, please do ensure to read with them regularly (and discuss as you read) as this will really aid their understanding and allow them develop their vocabulary more effectively than only reading alone.
- Manga High tasks due each Friday https://app.mangahigh.com/home School ID: 413583. It is very important that the children have pencil and paper next to them as they complete these challenges as working out will often be required. Parents - please feel free to help your child with this homework. Even just reading the questions with them and slowing them down, encouraging working etc. makes a huge impact.
- Homework grid with a range of activities to choose from (connected to out Topic work) will be issued as soon as we begin our new topic - we will spend the first part of this term finishing off our learning about the Mayans.
Note to parents regarding spellings
The children will have a double sided copy of the spellings to help them learn for the weekly test (and, more importantly, to use in their writing). The blank copy available on the website is to allow you to print additional copies if you would like (just fill in that week's words).
I have also provided a copy of all the spellings we will cover for the term ahead.
A suggested method of learning these spellings is set out below:
- When the spellings are issued, read the words with your child and ensure they understand the meaning (this is likely to have been discussed in school also).
- Have a mini-test on the words (reading the word within a sentence can help with this) to identify which words they already are confident in.
- Use the 'Look, Cover, Write, Check' sheets for independent practise. One effective way to do this is to block out the rows of the words they are already confident in (perhaps just leaving one box to ensure they remain confident). Your child can then practise on their own (work along each row - look, cover, checking each time they write the word - in turn, so that they write the same word several times).
- On another day, once they have practised interdependently (as above) at least one or two times, hold another mini-test and, if they know more words, block out further rows as needed.
- They can then focus any additional practise, in the same way, on the words that they still find tricky.