Pupils in Years 2-6 receive two Home-School Books. (Pupils in Year 1 also receive homework pieces in the A4 Home-School book).
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, a record of ongoing personalised spellings and times-tables to practise, a reading at home record (KS2) and information about our school's learning culture. (EYFS and KS1 pupils have a separate reading diary). There are also resource pages including English and Maths and your child’s individual account details for online-learning.
One piece of homework will be set per week: Maths, English, dedicated times-tables/spellings practice and a flexi week - in KS2 the maths task will often take the form of an online homework. The spellings in the A5 home-school book are from the National Curriculum and reviewed regularly - unknown spellings are indicated with an orange dot. These statutory homework spellings are set on
Ed Shed's Spelling Shed - a fun, interactive online website. Click here for our Help Sheet. Please use your child's online account details (recorded in the Home-School book) to enable your child to practice these at home as often as possible. Times tables are tested weekly in school. Results are recorded in the Home-School book - where appropriate, by pupils, but a 'quick-fire' verbal test is required with an adult to confirm the knowledge is fluent, and move pupils on to the next times table. Pupils also have a Times Tables Rock Stars account to play online games at home (these account details are also recorded in the Home-School book).
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. In KS2, homework is marked using effort stampers: Bronze, Silver, Gold.
A ‘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.htmland http://www.learninglogs.co.uk.
The Reading Record is for parents/carers to sign and date whenever their child reads at home. Pupils are expected to read at least 4 times a week at home. Pupils are awarded a crystal for their team if they read 4 times and a 'triple' crystal if they read more than 4 times. Crystals are also awarded for homework effort.
There is a school homework competition in Year 2-6 based on the total class crystals earned - winning classes are shared in the newsletter half-termly. EYFS and Year 1 run their own homework systems and this information is shared separately with parents/carers in homework materials.
A 'Home-School Project' is also set per term for KS1 and KS2. Click here to see some archived exemplary examples! 'Top Dog' homework is also shared on class and phase pages.
Please see our Reading Scheme Page for information about reading-scheme books, free-choice library books and Accelerated Reading Quizzes.