At Courthouse, our view is that home learning should be meaningful and serve a purpose, not just be given for the sake of it. We know that daily reading, times tables practice and weekly spellings are immensely beneficial to pupils' progress and we expect these to be part of regular routines at home.
A short spell of reading each day is much better than one long session per week. Any reading matter will help to support a child's development, it doesn't have to be a novel. So comics, magazines, the newspaper, etc are all great things for children to have access to. Not all reading has to be read aloud. Where a child is confident in their reading and can manage most words without assistance, concentrate on asking questions about the content. Suitable questions include:
What has happened so far?
What do you think will happen next?
Tell me about (character)?
What would you have done?
How are they feeling?
Follow up tasks might include: for a work of fiction - a diary entry, letter to a character, giving some advice, drawing and labelling something described in the book; for non-fiction - explaining how something works / why something happens, putting a process into your own words, coming up with questions to ask someone, explaining the topic to an alien.
Daily reading should be recorded in the child's reading record and these will be checked in school.
Spellings for most groups are set weekly and are in-line with the national curriculum expectations. A book is provided so that children can complete daily look-say-cover-write-check practice at home and weekly spelling test will take place in school.
To help children learn their spellings they also have access to the Spelling Frame website. This website provides the children an oppurtunity to practice spelling words, test themselves or play games with the selected words. Below are links to the Courthouse English curriculum overviews- further links to the correct spellings lists on the Spelling Frame website can be found there.
In addition, a weekly task on the MyMaths website will be set to either revise previously learnt areas or prepare children for future lessons. Each child has a login and therefore staff can keep track of the progress of each individual. If your child loses their login information then please contact their class teacher.
Click here to be guided to the MyMaths website.
It is really improtant that children have a secure knowledge of the multiplication and their related divison facts. To help support children in learning these, each child has an individual login for Times Table Rockstars. TT Rockstars is an engaging resource which has been proven to be very successful at boosting times table recall speeds for thousands of pupils.
Click here to be taken to the Times Table Rockstars website.
Again, if your child has lost their login please contact your child's class teacher.
Occasionally, teachers may send home extra work to support the child's progress within school. If the teachers feel that children would benefit with some more practice with certain areas then this work will be sent home. Sometimes children will also be asked to complete any work that is not finsihed in the school day.
Each year, our annual survey of parents/carers brings mixed responses about homework, with as many calling for an increase as a decrease. The government has recently decided to give school complete freedom to decide how much should be set and we will continue to listen to the feedback from parents.