We aim to set homework for the children that we hope will be quick and fun activities to share with family members. Each week, we would ideally like children to aim to read at least a few pages of a book and practise their handwriting through the sheet sent home in the green folder. We do understand that it will be easier to do this in some weeks than others though! Please don't worry if you cannot get something done in that week, try to catch up in the next few weeks if possible, and always let us know if homework becomes a problem and we can see what we can do to help. Each part of the homework is described in more detail below but always ask in person if something is not clear. There will also be some suggestions for extra topic-based learning activities to do together on the class web-page and in the home-school achievement book.
Each child has received a transparent zip wallet in their school bag. There is a reading book in the zip wallet and a guide for you to keep explaining how to support your child's reading at home. Reading books will be changed every Monday and Friday but parents/carers can also come in between these days if they would like another book. Below is a link for a guide to how say the letter sounds in phonics to help children when sounding out words they cannot yet read on sight - please no letter names at first! The phonics scheme that Kingmoor follows is called Read Write Inc. and there are some fantastic informative videos on this if you look on the Ruth Miskin (Read Write Inc. creator) site: https://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/find-out-more/parents/.
SENDING IN ACHIEVEMENTS FROM HOME
We also like to celebrate children's achievements. The zip wallet contains a home-school achievement book for both you and us to record your child's learning journey at home and at school: please let us know about how they get on with their reading and homework but also tell us what your child has been enjoying doing and achieving at home and we will do the same for at school.
Wow stars have also been sent home in the zip wallet: these are for parents to note any successes over the half term, for example swimming certificates, learning to tie a shoelace, setting the table independently for the first time etc. These will be shared in front of the class and then displayed on our wow wall in class - please do come in and have a look! Spiderman's amazing work wall is also there to peg up any work the children are especially proud of - whether completed at school or brought in from home.
Each child also has a purple folder sent home in their book bag once a week that contains handwriting activities started at school with a short activity at home to finish and then to be returned on the Monday of the next week please. In the first term, the activities consist of letter formation work linked to the phonics work in class, in the second term the focus is number formation, and in the last term, we usually practise spellings. Please encourage your child in this work but it is very informal and purely there as a means to consolidate what they are learning in school.
Little and often will really help! Please come in and ask if you are not sure of anything.
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