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. Your support in ensuring that children practise their spellings and that reading diaries are brought into school each morning to support this process would be 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 weekly maths homework, which tests the children’s knowledge of a range of areas of the maths curriculum in SATs reasoning style problems and activities. Additionally, children are also set weekly reading comprehension homework (two very short comprehension activities based upon an extract of text) and short SPAG task which should be handed in by Wednesday so that we can review, talk through and mark them together on Thursday afternoons to support the children in really getting to grips with tricky Y6 concepts. We really appreciate your support in reinforcing messages about the importance of engaging with homework, reading and spellings – thank you very much!