Here at St John's we operate a layered approach to Homework.
All children are encouraged to read at home each and every night - but we recognise that in some busy households this is not always possible so we recommend a minimum of 4 to 5 times a week. We encourage parents not to see this as Homework - but rather as a privilege and a necessity to share with their children.
To encourage this daily reading we run a book mark scheme where children earn stickers and can receive a 'prize' from the Head Teacher upon completion.
We are also part of a Reading Patron Scheme and are working with a local author - Julia Edwards. She is encouraging children to enjoy reading and see the link between how reading supports writing.
In Reception (EYFS) we issue flashcards / number sentences. We also have a phonics booklet and children are encouraged to work through their Math's Passports. Once the passports are completed they come to the Head Teacher for a certificate and special award.
KS1 and KS2
SPELLINGS: In Lower KS 1 children's spellings are linked to their phonics. Year 2 - Year 6 every child will have a total of 8 spellings to learn each week and will be tested weekly. They will consist of completely individual spellings tailored to your child’s needs.
Your child has been tested on the words that they are expected to know according to the National Curriculum this week and the words they cannot spell have been identified. In general each child will take 8 spellings from this list to learn that week and will then be tested on them. Gradually working through the list. Where a child has SEND or a spelling provision in place your child will work on 4 from the expected spellings list – again the ones that they couldn’t spell in the test and 4 others from their provision words.
Where a child is gifted in spelling and can spell all the expected words then they will take their spellings from ambitious vocabulary found in their reading books. This too will ensure that their reading books are challenging enough.
MATHS: In KS1 and KS2 children are issued a weekly Maths Home Learning Booklet from the publisher CGP. The numbers of calculations increases with the age of the children. We use a 'year group expected standards' approach to Maths homework based on the national curriculum. Times Tables should be part of the weekly homework scheduled and each child has a targeted times table to learn. Times Tables Rock Stars are also used to support this knowledge.
COMPREHENSION: In KS1 and KS2 children are issued a weekly Comprehension Home Learning Booklet from the publisher CGP. The comprehension texts and questions get increasingly more challenging. We use a 'year group expected standards' approach to comprehension based on the national curriculum.
LEARNING LOGS: In addition to the weekly Spellings, Maths and Comprehension we have introduced a Learning Log approach to home learning. This is based on recent development is educational theory around 'personalised' learning and the power of 'collaborative creation' of learning journeys. This is not a 'end of topic' project approach as seen in some schools and in secondary school models of practice. This is an ongoing, growing and evolving approach that allows the child to explore any aspect of the topic, in any form (personalised) - so long as they bring in their learning Log on a regular basis to share with others in their class (collaborative). This produces some incredible learning and a real sense of joy in learning.
Optional Home learning:
At the end of Term 1, Term 3, and Term 5 we encourage every child to use their individual creativity in order to produce a piece of art / DT / craft that will be used as a stimulus for writing in the next half term in relation to the curriculum for that class.
Y6 SATs: closer to SATs we also provide SATs revision guides to Y6 - to save parents the expense of purchasing them themselves.