Guidance for Parents and Carers
A Home Learning Booklet containing a range of activities and suggestions for supporting your child with their learning will continue to be distributed at the beginning of each new term. The aim is that your child can work on independent or supported tasks which reinforce, extend or enrich their educational curriculum knowledge/skills through activities based around that term’s learning. We would like your child to complete a minimum of three of these activities. Finished pieces of work can be brought in at any time but final date will be advised each term. You will be welcomed in to school to celebrate the children’s work shortly after that date. As part of our Building Learning Power (BLP) focus the children will be given the opportunity to reflect, evaluate and assess their learning and the learning of others.
Your child will be expected to complete these tasks each week
Reading at home every day with an adult as much as possible
In Chapter 2, one of our main aims is to inspire children to become lifelong readers and to enjoy reading for pleasure, both in school and at home. In order to achieve this we would like them to:
1. Read with an adult every day for a minimum of 10 minutes. It is important that they record what they have read, along with the date, in their ‘Home Reading Diary’. These will be handed in each week and a member of staff will record this on a class chart.
2. Refer to the key questions on the Home Learning Booklet. The questions are there for parents and carers to use with their child. Reponses can be logged in their Home Reading Diary.
Multiplication practice on and offline
Use Times Table Rock Stars, a carefully sequenced programme of daily times tables practice, to allow them to develop their knowledge and understanding of times tables. In Year 4, there will be government assessments on this, so the more they can reinforce and refine these skills, the better their mathematical understanding will be. Information for parents and carers for TTRockstars.
Times tables practise can also be done easily without the use of a computer.
Oxford owl provides some useful information about times tables here.
Mathletics tasks set by the class teacher
Each week your child will be set Mathletics homework. This is to completed by the next week. Specific log in details are recorded in their Home Reading Diary. The work is set at their current year group but may be amended based on their attainment. If your child has difficulty accessing a computer at home, it is your responsibility to let the class teacher know so alternative arrangements can be made. Certificates are awarded to those reaching 1000 points. There are maths suggestions in the Home Learning Booklet to help you support your child in their progression.
Complete 'flipped learning' tasks on google classroom
To increase your child’s learning power and ability to lead their own learning we provide them tasks to complete at home which will support them in school. The aim is to equip children with knowledge that will enhance their learning experience in school and to dive deeper into their thinking and learning. Teachers set ‘Flipped learning tasks’ to complete at home with the aim to ‘pre-load’ children with knowledge to support more in depth exploration of concepts taught in class.
Your child will be enrolled in a google classroom. They can use their google account to access this. If you have any questions or technical issues, please speak to your child's class teacher.
Spelling practice, oracy and vocabulary development
In year 2, these words are taught during spelling in school but reinforcement of these words will help children secure their abilty to spell them. This document can be used to identify the key words all children should learn in year 3 (page 16).
Children love to learn new words that they can use in their spoken language and written work. Oxford Owl provides some useful tips on how to help your child with their vocabulary development.
Along with reading, oral language development is fundamental to your child's lifelong outcomes. Use the TRUST model as an aid to develop oral language.
Range of other Home Learning Activities
A variety of additional tasks and experiences are used to meet planned objectives and can include:
Undertaking additional fact finding and research about what is being taught in school
Speaking and listening activities
Reading and word investigations
Practical maths investigations
Collecting items linked to a theme
Skills practice across a range of areas
Taking up a new skills (e.g. crocheting, model making, photography, woodwork etc)
Playing board games together