In Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2):
Woodland News – Every week the Key Stage 1 team send home a newsletter which informs parents/carers about what the children are learning in school. It also includes suggestions and ideas for homework.
Book Bags – The main homework for Key Stage 1 children is reading their book-bags at home every day and learning any ‘Bear Words’ they have been given. There is a Reading Contract to sign in Reading Diaries where the expectation is that parents/carers also write in diaries at least 3 times a week. This does not have to be written in detail but will indicate to the teacher that a child has read at home regularly. This is important because children need to read their colour banded book more than once to gain fluency and their extra book can be used as a bed-time story to share.
All children have their book-bags changed weekly in school and teachers will make a comment about children’s reading at school in the diary. To reward children who regularly read their book-bag at home, each KS1 teacher will offer stickers each week and small prize draws will take place every half-term.
Spellings – Spellings are sent home every week on a Friday and are linked to the daily phonics lessons. Parents/carers are asked to support their child by getting them to look for the spelling patterns and to learn them using the method suggested on the worksheet: ‘Look, cover, write and check’. All children will be expected to use these words in their independent written work. Spellings will be tested each week beginning after the October half-term.
Maths – Maths homework is sent home weekly on a Friday and will reflect the topics covered within Maths lessons. The homework will either revise something learned in a lesson or will build on what has already been taught. These may be in the form of a worksheet to complete or a suggested practical activity or game.
Homework Project – Each term there will be a creative homework project which will involve children making a choice from a number of options. These could include producing: artwork, stories or models linked to the class topic. Children are photographed with their final pieces, and may be displayed in class or in the school hall.