In 6ZP, we understand that homework is an important part of Y6, in terms of ensuring that we are as ready as we can be for the SATs in May and secondary school next year!
Weekly spellings are tested and set on Mondays, with new spellings thus stuck in reading records ready for the week ahead Children have 20 spellings a week in the Y6 format, and also have online access to ‘Spelling Shed’ with their own logins. This enables us to set them weekly challenges to help them to learn the difficult Y5/6 National Curriculum spelling words. Support in ensuring that children practise their spellings and that reading diaries are brought into school each morning to support this process is very much appreciated, as it really does make a huge difference!
Children have personal reading diaries which should be in their reading wallets with their book-banded school reading book and be brought into school every day. We encourage all parents/carers to read with their child as much as possible and record this in these diaries, in addition to children taking time to record their independent reading experiences, and recommend that children read at least 5 times a week. To support you with this, children will have a book-band specific prompt card stuck in their reading records which detail their key targets for that band. Children also have their own personal reading rewards booklets, within which they are working towards collecting 60 parent/carer signatures for reading at home. When they achieve this, they are able to pick a book from our amazing and brand-new class selection to keep, so keep encouraging that reading and keep signing!
In Y2 and Y6, homework operates differently to across the rest of the school. To enable children to be as equipped as possible to meet their Y6 targets, we have been very lucky as a school to be able to buy each Y6 child a set of CGP SATs revision books, which we began using last half-term. Each week, we carefully select a reading comprehension task, a maths task and a spelling or grammar task from these books for the children to complete for the following week, linking these to their learning in school wherever possible. These then need to be in school by Thursday so that we can review and mark them together on Thursday afternoon to support the children in really getting to grips with tricky Y6 concepts. Thank you very much for your help in reinforcing messages about the importance of engaging with homework, reading and spellings so far this year.