At Globe we call homework ‘home learning’.
As a parent or carer you play a vital role in your child’s education, including their home learning.
Learning at home is an essential part of a good education. Regular home learning is important as it gives pupils the opportunity to practise at home the tasks done in class and the children work towards improving important skills. It also encourages children to become confident and independent in their learning, which will help throughout their time at school and later, in adult life. Home learning activities are an important part of our home/school partnership. All children are expected to take part in the variety of home learning tasks set.
This is how home learning works at Globe.
Daily/Weekly Home Learning Tasks
Reading on a daily basis is expected. From Nursery onwards children bring books home to share with parents.
When children are in Reception, they will start to bring home a ’reading book’, short books with a few words and they will work through the different stages of these reading books as their reading skills develop. This continues throughout the school. In addition to this the children also bring home a book that is beyond their reading skills so that parents can read to them and share these quality books.
As children continue to get older they should read for at least 20 minutes each night. 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 1 to Year 6, learning their addition facts to 20 and practising times tables is extremely important. By the end of Year 4, children should have a rapid recall of times tables facts up to the 12 times tables. They must be able to say the division facts too e.g. 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 or use their fingers! At Globe we call these facts ‘learn its’ because you just have to learn it/them!
Each week from Y1 to Y6 some maths activities are set. These are online activities on the Mathletics website www.community.mathletics.com. These online maths activities are given to consolidate the maths learning that has been happening in class that week. Children also get the opportunity to practice and develop their skills and knowledge through exciting and varied games on this website. Children receive a login and this login is sent home to parents. Each year we have a meeting for parents where this is all explained and demonstrated.
Each fortnight children in Y1 to Y6 are set a Family Maths task, this is an open ended challenge for parents and children to work together on and record in any way they would like. Each child has a Family Maths scrapbook to record his or her learning in.
From Y1 onwards children are given a set of words to learn to spell each week. Learning the spellings for just a short time each day is more effective than leaving it all to the last minute. These are words which the children have been learning in spelling lessons during the previous week. Spending time on these at home will ensure that children know them really well. The children do a spelling test each week and this is sent home to parents so that you know the outcomes.
Weekly General Knowledge Quiz
Each week a 10 question quiz is sent home to develop children's general knowledge for children in years 3 to 6. Families can have fun together finding out the answers. The answers are retuned to school, marked and entered into a weekly quiz book draw. The answers are always published in the following weeks newsletter and they are shown at the weekly Headteacher assembly. It is important that children develop a wide knowledge of the world around them.
Our Key Stage 2 Weekly Quiz
Each week the children in years three, four, five and six take part in a weekly quiz. They complete their quizzes by Thursday and get a new quiz on a Friday. Winners get to take part in the Governor and Staff quiz challenges.
Half Termly Home Learning Projects
From Y1, each half term these projects are given to families for them to complete over a period of 6 to 8 weeks.
In these projects there are a range of challenges for children to complete at home with support from parents. The main focus will be on creativity, making something. These all link to the child’s current topic, what they are or will be learning in class.
This is an opportunity for parents and children to enjoy learning together and for parents to learn more about the curriculum.
We want our children to be creative, resourceful, independent and imaginative and home learning projects such as these will help achieve this.