At St Mary’s Catholic Primary School we provide all children with homework to enable them to practise skills and learning they have already done in school. Sometimes the aim is to repeat something done in class as a practise exercise. On other times, the homework will ask children to apply their learning to a new context. At all times, however, children will not be given work to do at home that they have not learned in school unless it is a project which asks them to find out about something new. For example, to do their own project about the Romans.
We aim to provide opportunities for parents/carers to work alongside their child or children to support their learning in school. This is because we want to work as a partnership in your child’s learning – school, the child and their parents working together to help your child to reach their potential.
As guidance only, we suggest the following as good practice:
For children in Class 2 the most important thing for home learning is reading! It is such an important skill which can be wonderfully supported at home by reading with an adult every day for 10 - 20 mins.
The main aim to encourage is a love of reading. The children have their reading books from school which are important to read but children can also read texts that they are interested in and in different formats such as comics, e-books, picture books, chapter books, non fiction texts about a topic that they enjoy to name just a few options.
Discuss the way we read punctuation as well as words, how bold or italic words are read differently. Look for how advanced punctuation is used. For example, speech marks, brackets, commas, apostrophes etc. It is very important that adults discuss these things with their child as they are not likely to notice them on their own.
Please note down in their reading records when you have read with your children.
All children will receive pieces of writing to practise at home. These will be elements of what they are learning at school. Writing entire stories, poems or reports would benefit your child enormously but is not usually the kind of practise that children in these age groups are given for homework.
By year 2, all children need to learn their 2x, 5x and 10x tables fluently so any practice with these would be beneficial. The link to Times Tables Rock Stars are below which is a great way to practice these skills.
Purple mash is also a site that we use to set some of the homework activities - here is the link:
Our staff hope that you can support us in getting the balance right. We want to work together with you to do help your child be the best they can possibly be and reach their full potential. If you have any concerns about the homework set, or, you feel that the homework is just right, please do message your child’s teacher using DoJo.