Home Learning in Years 1 and 2
Next week we will be introducing some changes to the way homework is given to your child. There will be a new focus on practising key skills rather than completing weekly written tasks. Children will also be set projects so that they can apply their skills in a fun and creative way.
Every half term your child will be given a list of the key maths and literacy skills he/she will be covering in class. Children will be asked to practise these skills at home regularly on an ongoing basis, rather than completing a weekly written task in their homework books. Your child’s progress on these key skills will be checked every half term. Feedback will be given, so you and your child will know what to work on next.
Home Learning Project
Your child will be set a project linked to one of the topics being covered in class. Projects will include a literacy part (such as writing, preparing a presentation or carrying out research) and a creative part (such as making a model). Class teachers will provide detailed instructions for the first project next week. The hand in date for this project is December 8th. Children will receive individual feedback on their projects. We will be celebrating their efforts by inviting you to view projects on the afternoon of December 16th.
Reading remains an essential part of home learning. Please continue to support your child with daily reading and return books and logs as before.
Spelling lists/Word books
All children in Years 1 and 2 will be provided with a word booklet. (Children in Year 1 already have their booklets). The booklets are full of word lists containing the sounds they are currently working on in their phonics groups. Children need to work at their own pace, learning to read and then spell each list of words. We strongly recommend daily practice to ensure good progress. Teachers will be monitoring progress on these books. Year 1 children need to have their booklets in their book bags every day please.
These no longer need to be handed in every week. Please keep them safe and return them to school on December 8th with the project so that the next half term’s homework can be stuck in. Remember to show what your child has achieved by ticking/marking on the key skills sheet. Children are welcome to use a few pages for practising key skills on, but please remember that children should be working in pencil not pen.
Please see us if you have any queries.
C Manning, C Machado, E Pierce, & L Coppin.
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