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Home Learning Expectations

Weekly homework can be found in ‘This Week’

Reading

In Class 4 we support and encourage your child to further develop their love of reading. By this stage, the majority of children will be independent readers. In order to keep an eye on what they are reading and, perhaps more importantly, to ensure they understand what they are reading, each child is given a reading journal with a list of prompts that they can refer to when reflecting on the books they are reading. The children are welcome to bring books from home but are also encouraged to widen their reading range by choosing from our ever-growing book corner.  Book monitors will help in ensuring the book corner is well stocked and will also ask for book reviews.

Reading records are handed in every Monday morning

Spelling

Spelling tests or investigations are set each Thursday. These words will belong to a word group. In order to make the test more meaningful and add greater depth of understanding there are additional tasks beyond simply learning the spellings. These will support the children in making links, identifying patterns and deepening grammatical understanding.

The spellings will be tested and discussed the following Thursday

Grammar & Punctuation

The children will be set an online punctuation and grammar quiz on www.spag.com   (a link to which can also be found in the Kidszone)

Each child is given a username and password in order to access their test.  Where possible, your child should try and tackle the quiz independently – it is then possible to review the questions and the answers which many parents find a useful exercise. Quizzes are set on Thursday and should be completed by the following Thursday.

 

“Fronted adverbials? The passive voice? Subordinate clauses? We just did not study this when I was at school!” We are well aware of how alien some of these terms seem to parents. We highly recommend the following book:

Usbourne Junior Illustrated Grammar & Punctuation Dictionary

This is a simple yet comprehensive guide to the ins and outs of the English language. Where appropriate, we may also add links to songs/posters on the homework planner that might help refresh and embed understanding

Maths

Maths is taught using the materials of the Maths Hub. This uses the expectations from the National Curriculum and provides a comprehensive scheme which offers challenge as well as a robust curriculum. The children will develop their fluency of key mathematical skills and then move on to use their skills to reason and problem solve.

To consolidate the work done in class, the children all have access to the My Maths site (a link to which can also be found in the Kidszone) which gives them the opportunity to develop their fluency as well as problem solve. The site also has a help page which reviews their learning before they work on their challenge.

Children will be tested on their rapid recall of multiplication and division facts up to 12 x  12 every Friday.

Topic

Upon occasion, the children will be asked to research a question which will help with their topic work in class. Often these questions are generated by the children as they plan their paths through their topic. There will be times when children are asked to bring materials and equipment from home to help with a project in school: for example a science experiment or a DT project.