We aim to set homework for the children that we hope will be quick and fun activities to share with family members. Our priority is always that children read a little every day but we also send home a phonics or number activity each week that would be really helpful for your child to complete over the weekend and also some ideas for further learning for each topic that you can choose to dip into throughout the half term as and when you please. We do understand that it will be easier to do more in some weeks than others though! Please let us know if homework becomes a problem and we can see what we can do to help.
READING BOOK AND READING RECORD
Each child has received a transparent zip wallet in their school bag. There is a reading book and small blue reading record in the zip wallet and a guide for you to keep that explains how to support your child's reading at home. Reading books will be changed twice a week 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 free videos on this if you look on the Ruth Miskin (Read Write Inc. creator) site: https://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/find-out-more/parents/.
HOME-SCHOOL ACHIEVEMENT BOOK AND OTHER WAYS TO CELEBRATE CHILDREN'S ACHIEVEMENTS FROM HOME
We love 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 use this book for children to complete their homework (which will be stuck into this book each week), for children to practise any more learning they choose, for family to write in comments to let us know about how children got on with their homework and also to tell us what your child has been enjoying doing/achieving at home and we will do the same to record what we see the child achieving in school to share with you at home. This book is a fantastic way to communicate between family and school and is also a lovely record at the end that you can keep to show children's learning throughout the reception year.
Wow stars are also sent home in the zip wallet: these are for parents to note any particular 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! It's a great way to build self-esteem and celebrate each other's skills. Each half-term the display on the wow-wall is usually full so the wow stars will then be stuck into children's home-school books as a record of their achievements and to leave space for the next half-term's wow stars! Spiderman's amazing work wall is also there in our classroom to peg up any work (collages, drawings, writing etc.) the children are especially proud of - whether completed at school or brought in from home.
Little and often will really help! Please come in and ask if you are not sure of anything.