In Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2):
Book Bags – The main homework for Key Stage 1 children is reading their book-bags at home every day and learning any key words they have been given from Phonics. There is a Rainbow Reading Challenge where the expectation is that parents/carers listen to the children read least 3 times a week and sign their card. 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 stamp their reading card. To reward children who regularly read their books at home, certificates are presented and vouchers for the book fairs are awarded.
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.
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 and encourages parents to get involved in the project with the children.