Learning at Home
We have recently made the decision to stop assigning subject-specific homework with the intention of allowing parents and children more time at home to read, learn their weekly spellings and their given times tables. There are optional activities to complete at home on the ‘Learning at Home’ section of our school website.
Reading is the most important skill that we can teach our children and as well as enriching their lives, reading is the absolute cornerstone of learning in all other subjects. Children should be reading every day to enable them to develop fluency, accuracy and word knowledge. They should also be reading a wide range of texts to help develop their vocabulary skills and understanding of the wider world. Please visit the Reading Zone section of our school website for more information about how you can support your child with reading at home.
Learning the multiplication tables is an important foundation for learning different aspects of mathematics, such as: division, algebra, long multiplication, fractions and various problem-solving activities. Children that don't have a solid grasp of the times tables will find these other areas difficult to understand and will fall behind in their maths lessons.
Some suggested strategies that can help you to support your child in their learning of times tables:
- Make sure that their times tables are displayed on their wall (or even the fridge or bathroom mirror!)
- Provide encouragement and have fun learning together
- Show practical ways that you can use the times tables, for example: when cooking, shopping, budgeting, pocket money etc.
- Test them regularly; this could be asking a few questions while the adverts are on or at meal times
- Find out the tables that they find difficult
- Use the school’s ‘Learning at Home’ section on the website for online resources (or simply search ‘times tables games’)
Learning the weekly spellings is important because it allows the children to build a bank of vocabulary that they are expected to be able to spell at their age. Spelling aids in reading and writing. It helps cement the connection that is shared between sounds and letters. Learning high frequency sight words has also been shown to help with both reading and writing; this is why students learn sight words.
- Display their spellings at home (similar to the times tables)
- Turn it into a game or competition
- Don’t just learn with pen and pencil; use crayons, paints etc.
- Find ways to write words in other ways: in sand/mud; in the condensation of a window; use a paintbrush and water to ‘paint’ them on an external surface
- Use the school’s ‘Learning at Home’ section on the website for online resources (or simply search ‘spelling games’)
I hope that you find this information useful in helping you support your child’s learning further. Helping your child at home in these key areas could make a massive difference to how well they do at school and any support from home is always very much appreciated by the school.
As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your child’s teacher.