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Weekly Update

This week's update letter concerning any adaptions to the arrangements that we have in school has been sent to all families via ParentMail.  A copy of the letter can be found HERE . We hope you will find this useful but if you do have any questions, please do get in touch.

 

As part of our weekly review, we have been reflecting on all of the different elements of the systems in place currently. We know how important the role of homework is in supporting the children to make accelerated progress but we are also aware that we cannot use the approaches that we do during times that are more ‘normal’. Set out below is an overview of what homework will look like for the near future:


Homework for Key Stage One

  • Reading as often as possible but at least four times a week. This is the most important home learning.
  • Phonics flashcards will be sent home each week to learn and practise for a few minutes a day. There will be words linked directly to the phonics learning in class that week (words on green card) and tricky words that cannot be decoded using phonics (words on red card).
  • KIRFS and knowledge organisers will also be sent home to practise. We will also send home a document with suggested games to make learning the knowledge organisers more fun.
  • Finally we will send home a list of websites and apps that parents can use in the next few days.


Homework for Key Stage Two
The children in KS2 have access to a range of apps and websites using our school accounts. To reduce on the amount of items coming to and from school we are asking the children to use these apps for their homework.

  • Maths – the children have access to Times Tables Rock Stars, Numbots and Prodigy through their school logins. In addition to this, the children will receive the termly KIRFs to practise at home.
  • Reading – the children will be given a school reading book to read at home but can also use EPIC reading to find a wide variety of books using their login.
  • Spelling – the children will have access to The Spelling Shed where they will be able to practise weekly spellings set by their class teacher as well as the Year 3/4 and Year 5/6 key words.
  • Knowledge organisers will also be sent home to practise key knowledge and vocabulary.


Links to the websites suggested above can be found on the 'Websites To Use At Home' page - please click HERE to go directly to it.

 

Both Key Stage One and Key Stage Two are exploring the use of ‘Padlets’ to support home learning and effective communication between school and home. There will be further information about this – most likely within next week’s update letter. If you do have any questions about the arrangements for homework please do make contact with your child’s class teacher via the contact form – this is available on their class page on the website.


We really do appreciate your ongoing support and the patience that you are showing as we undertake the essential reviews and adaptations needed during these rapidly changing times.

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