We believe that all children need to receive support at home with their learning. Parental involvement encourages children to value school work, whilst extra help to practise basic skills ensures consolidation and continued progress. Children benefit when parents and teachers work in partnership with learning so that there are fewer mixed messages. The ultimate aim is for children to develop the ability and confidence to study independently.
Homework at St James & St. John will take the form of consolidation of basic skills already learnt. Homework will be set each day and handed in the next morning for marking or review.
At St James & St. John children in Year 1 to Year 6 are given a book bag for their reading book and a reading record book. Children from Year 1 onwards will also have an exercise book in which to record the tasks they must complete.
For more detailed information on homework please see the St. James & St. John Homework Policy.
A large part of all children’s homework every evening is made up of reading and for most, this should be done with an adult. Fluent readers should read silently for at least 20 minutes each evening. At least twice a week they should read aloud at home and share a book with an adult.
Each child receives a reading record book. Parents are asked to write in the child’s reading record book every time they hear their child read. They are encouraged to include any comments they wish to pass on to the class teacher. In KS2 the child may also write comments on their reading in this book. The teacher must look at the reading record at least once a week.
Children are taught to memorise spellings using the “Look Say Cover Write Check” method. They will receive spelling lists and will be tested weekly.
Children in Year 1 to Year 3 will write a sentence for each spelling word. The amount of spellings and sentences are decided by their class teacher.
Children in Year 4 to Year 6 will need a dictionary to look up the meaning of spelling words. They will write the word and its meaning and will then write sentences using the words correctly. The amount of spellings will increase from 10 to 20 a week. The number of sentences to be decided by the class teacher.
All children will need to learn their times tables. In Year 1 and in Year 2 they will learn their 2, 5 and 10 times tables. In Year 3 and 4 they will revise the 2, 5, 10 times tables and learn the 3, 4 and 6 times tables. In Year 5 and 6 they will revise the tables previously taught and learn the 7, 8, 9, 11 and 12 times tables. The children will be tested weekly to assess their learning.