Homework Expectations Across the School

Learning at home is an essential part of good education. Regular homework is important as it gives children the opportunity to practice at home the tasks covered in class and helps children work towards improving important skills. It also helps children to become confident and independent in their learning, which will help throughout their time at school and in adult life.

At Crook, the focus of homework is on the important skills of reading. Regular reading at home, especially reading with parents, should be encouraged.  We feel passionately that the most significant thing that you, as parents, can do to support your child’s learning is to share books with them on a regular basis. By this we mean reading to your child, listening to your child read and talking about what you are reading. As adults, we are all reading role models – there is lots of evidence that children seeing their parents and adults around them read is a powerful factor in encouraging them to read more frequently.

Becoming a confident reader, able to understand a range of texts is hugely important – it allows a child to grow in confidence and to access all areas of the curriculum.

Your child should spend short periods of time (10-15 minutes) each day reading, talking about their reading or listening to an adult read. 

In addition to reading, we would encourage you to spend time with your child accessing some of the online web activities which are designed to recall taught facts in a fun and engaging way in maths and spanish in KS2. 

Due to the current government guidelines regarding social distancing we are unable to send physical reading books or other forms of paper based homework home. All homework this year will be web based, including our new online reading book programme. Any sound cards or spelling cards which are sent home will be expected to remain at home and not be sent back into school as previously.  These are for you to keep and use at home with your child to rehearse and practice their sounds.

 

Here is a list of homework expectations for each year group. 

All website based homework tasks are linked on the school website under children and then the named page. All children have been provided with appropriate log in details from their class teacher to access each of the web based homework tasks - if you are having difficulty logging on to any of the websites please inform your child's class teacher. 

As an alternative to completing web based homework at home children do have the opportunity to complete their work one lunchtime each week alongside a year group teacher.

 

As with every new skill in life, the more you practise, the more time you invest, the better you become. Therefore, below is a minimum expectation for each year group however any additional time spent on the activities will only benefit your child.   

 

EYFS Pupils

In EYFS homework is set on a Friday. Homework in EYFS will consist of practical activities which you can complete at home alongside your child.  Miss Roberts & Miss Fox will upload a video each week describing the activities to be completed and tried at home to support the work your child is completing in school. 

 

Year 1 & 2 Pupils 

In years 1/2 homework is set on a Wednesday and must be completed by the following Wednesday. Teachers will check completion and those who have not completed it will be asked to do so in school on a Wednesday lunchtime. Homework in years 1/2 will consist of:

Reading book (YEAR 1) - Rising Stars Reading Planet (online) - Children will be allocated books at the appropriate level to read. Read a book a week and complete the online quiz at the end of the book.  

MYON Reading book (YEAR 2)- Children should be encouraged to read at home as often as possible, every night for 5 minutes would be great. MYON will be launched in October as a virtual reading book and will be issued to your child once they are reading at the appropriate level.

Sound/Word cards & Spelling rules - Children will be given sound cards/word cards and spelling rules to practise the children’s blending and help them become more fluent with recognising sounds in words. These should remain and home for you to use with your child and not be sent back to school.

Maths (YEAR 1) - School Jam (online) - Children are expected to complete online activities set by the teacher each week. We would encourage children to play these games as often as possible over the week to improve fluency and confidence, 5 minutes a night would be perfect.

Maths (YEAR 2)- TT Rockstars (online) - Children are expected to complete 15 1-minute games per week.  Short bursts of practise on a daily basis are more effective than spending hours once a week. 

Handwriting - Letterjoin (online) - Children are expected to complete 5-10 minutes as often as possible, daily practise would be great. 

 

Year 3 & 4 Pupils 

In years 3/4 homework is set on a Wednesday and must be completed by the following Wednesday. Teachers will check completion and issue individual detentions for a Wednesday lunchtime if not completed.  

MYON Reading book - Children will be allocated an online book to read via MYON (login details will be sent out with your child). Children should be encouraged to read at home as often as possible, every night for 5 minutes would be great. MYON will be launched in October.

Reading for pleasure - Fiction Express (online) - Read a chapter a week. The new chapter on Fiction Express will be released every Friday, and is expected to be completed by the following Tuesday.  

Maths - TT Rockstars (online) - Children are expected to complete 15 1-minute games per week.  Short bursts of practise on a daily basis are more effective than spending hours once a week. 

Spanish - Language Angels (online) - Children are expected to complete at least 15 minutes on any of the available games to revise their spanish skills each week. 

Handwriting - Letterjoin (online) - Children are expected to complete 5-10 minutes as often as possible, daily practise would be great.

 

Year 5 & 6 Pupils 

In years 5/6 homework is set on a Thursday and must be completed by the following Wednesday and issue individual detentions for a Wednesday/Thursday lunchtime if not completed.  

MYON Reading book - Children will be allocated an online book to read via MYON (login details will be sent out with your child). Children should be encouraged to read at home as often as possible, every night for 5 minutes would be great. MYON will be launched in October.

Reading for pleasure - Fiction Express (online) - Read a chapter a week.The new chapter on Fiction Express will be released every Friday, and is expected to be completed by the following Tuesday.  

Maths - TT Rockstars (online) - The children will be allocated 15 garage games every Thursday. These need to be completed by the following Wednesday. It is recommended that your child does a little practice every night (5 minutes). Short bursts of practise on a daily basis are more effective than spending hours once a week. 

Spanish - Language Angels (online) - Children are expected to complete at least 15 minutes on any of the available games to revise their spanish skills each week.