Our focus for home learning at Rosedale is giving children opportunities to practice the essential skills that they need – reading, spelling and times tables. We believe that there is far more value in regular practise of these essential skills than producing one off pieces of work.
- Children should read their school reading scheme book aloud to an adult for 10 minutes at least 4 times per week
- Children in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 should practise reading sounds and words lists that are sent home to reinforce their learning in phonics
- Parents should make a note in their child’s planner of what page the child has read to and tick the relevant box in the planner
- Children should bring their reading book and planner to school every day
- Children in Reception and Key Stage 1 will bring lists of words home that they should be able to spell. Parents should encourage their child to practice spelling these words. These spellings are checked by staff on an ongoing basis rather than through a test
- Children in Key Stage 2 will bring home a list of words each week. Parents should encourage their child to learn these words in preparation for their weekly spelling test
Counting (Foundation Stage and Year 1)
- Children should practice counting on a daily basis
- Each half term teachers will send home the set of numbers that the children should practice counting with
Times Tables (Year 2 to Year 6)
- Children in Years 2 to Year 6 should access Times Tables Rockstars at home for 10 minutes at least 4 times per week
- They should use the Garage play mode as this automatically assesses where they are and will help them to practise the most relevant times tables.
- Times Tables Rockstars can be accessed from computers, phones and tablets. If a child doesn’t have access to a suitable device or the internet at home parents should notify school so that opportunities can be found during the school day for the child to have additional practice on Times Tables Rockstars.
Monitoring Home Learning
- Staff will check each morning that children have brought their planner and reading book to school and parents will be notified by text if their child hasn’t brought it
- Each week staff will check planners and make a note of how many times children have read aloud at home. Those who have read 4 times or more will be entered into the weekly reading raffle with the chance to win a book. If children are noted to not be reading 4 times a week for several weeks, parents will be contacted to discuss why this hasn’t been happening
- Children’s spelling test scores will be closely monitored and where there are concerns a discussion will be had around if this is to do with a lack of practice or if the spellings aren’t appropriate for the child in which case spellings will be differentiated for them.
- Times Tables Rockstars will be checked regularly to see how much children have been practising on it. Rewards will be given out regularly in assembly for children making good progress with their times tables
Creative Home Learning
- We know that some children really enjoy more creative home learning tasks linked to their topic, and these tasks often provide good ways for parents and children to work together on a project. Therefore there will be an optional menu of topic based activities given out at the start of each topic. Children can bring into school any work they produce and it will be shared with the class and/or in assembly.