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 KS1 and KS2 children are issued weekly Spellings homework. The number of words grows as children get older. We use a 'phased' approach to spellings - from phase 1 to phase 18. It is expected that from Year 1 to Year 6 each child should move through a phase each season, completing 3 phases in each year. The spellings each child gets are based on their own personal progression in spelling skills.
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.
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:
a) We provide an optional 'Ninja Maths' booklet should parents want to support their child with some 'mental arithmetic' skills practice. This is highly recommended.
b) PERSONAL PUPIL TARGETS (PPT): Every child has a termly PPT for Reading, Writing and Maths - should parents wish to support their child with personalised targets for their individual child these provide the objectives parents could practice with their child.
c) WAYS:once a term we issue home learning for all children to explore, in their own personalised way, the termly St John's WAY for life explored in collective worship that term.
d) 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.