As a parent or carer you can play a vital role in your child’s education, including homework. All pupils are expected to complete the following homework each week:
- Weekly tasks from the Homework Menu
- ActiveLearn maths tasks
- Reading – daily
- Learning spellings
- Practising their times tables/division facts
Weekly homework tasks are found on the ‘Homework Menu.’ The homework menu tasks have been set by the teachers within the year group, and cover a range of topics that will be taught across the term (4 Maths, 4 English, 4 IPC and 2 other subjects such as RE/French/Computing/Learning Behaviours etc). Your child needs to select at least one task to complete each week, and hand in to their class teacher on the day specified on the menu. Pupils are invited to share their homework with their class – this is an opportunity for children to develop their speaking skills and to feel proud of their achievements. As a parent or carer, you can help by encouraging, discussing ideas and by ensuring your child has a good working space at home. Please contact your child’s class teacher with any questions or concerns. The homework menus for the current term can be found below:
ActiveLearn: In addition to the homework menu, class teachers will allocate online maths activities each week to consolidate the learning in class. The children need to log onto ActiveLearn : www.activelearnprimary.co.uk and then enter their login details (their username and password is the same as their PHJS username and password) and the school code: pahi click “Log in”.
As well as the weekly homework task, your child is expected to learn spellings from a weekly list which your child’s teacher will distribute. Learning the spellings for just a short time each day is more effective than leaving it all to the last minute.
Reading on a daily basis is also expected. Reading aloud with an adult is important throughout the primary years. Even if your child is a fluent reader, having a discussion about the story (for example, the characters’ personalities and actions, the ‘wow words’ used by the author) is a valuable way to develop reading skills.
For children in Year 3 to Year 6, practising times tables is also extremely important: by the end of Year 4, children should have a rapid recall of all times tables facts (up to 12×12) and also be able to say the division facts too eg 7×8=56 and therefore also 56÷7=8. ‘Rapid recall’ should be within around five seconds – they should not have to count through the tables facts to get there!