Pupils in Years 1-6 will receive two Home-School Books.
The Home-School books have been designed to be used across the academic year. The A4 book will be used to record weekly homework and receive termly phase curriculum-maps. The A5 book includes further details of the primary curriculum, personalised spellings and times-tables to practise, a reading diary and information about our school's learning culture. There are also resource pages about subject key skills, English and Maths and your child’s individual account details for online-learning.
One piece of homework will be set per week: Learning Log, English, Science or Maths - in KS2 this will often take the form of an online homework using My Maths. This cycle includes a dedicated week to practise the times-tables and spellings which are in the A5 Home School book. These spellings are from the national curriculum and tested every half-term, after a holiday, in order to give pupils additional time. Unknown spellings are indicated with an orange dot. Times tables are tested weekly. Results are recorded in the book - where appropriate, by pupils, but a 'quick-fire' verbal test is required with an adult to confirm the knowledge is fluent, and move on to another times table. The weekly homework is due in on Mondays and pupils have one week to complete it. The Home School books are given back out on Tuesday. Homework is marked using effort stampers: Bronze, Silver, Gold - see the Home School Agreement for effort descriptors.
The ‘Learning Log’ homework takes the form of a question or a general statement to explore. This is an opportunity to be creative and pupils can respond in the medium of their choice. For example, graphics, drawings, clips from internet research. Please see examples on our school website http://www.hollandhavenschool.co.uk/examples-of-homework.html and http://www.learninglogs.co.uk.
The Reading Record is for you to sign and date whenever your child reads at home. A smiley stamp will be added if your child has read the expected number of four times a week at home, and a star stamp if they have read more than four times and completed their weekly homework. Please use the open space on the right to record any extra reading each week. ‘Homework Stars’ will receive a crystal for their phase team.
A 'Home-School Project' is also set per term. Click here to see some exemplary examples!