Friday Bulletin – 27th January 2017

27 January 2017

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

Our arrangements for homework are changing after February half term. Thank you to everyone who took part in our recent home learning survey. The results were quite varied as some parents feel we give too much homework, whilst others would like the opportunity to do more. To address this, we will provide a number of homework options, and children or parents can decide how many to complete each week.

 

There are important tasks such as spellings, times tables and reading that we feel children should complete on a regular basis each week (we will call these compulsory homework tasks).

 

Other homework tasks are optional. We will use the school website to publish a range of creative homework tasks for each year group (paper copies will be available from class teachers). These tasks will encourage children to think creatively about what they have learned and how to show it. Sometimes creative homework projects will be set for a half term; these will provide children with open ended opportunities to produce vibrant and exciting projects on different topics.

 

We are currently updating our school website to include a new ‘home learning’ section. Class teachers will explain to children how to access the new pages in the first week after half term. Please see the table below for more information.

 

I hope you have a great weekend.

 

Yours sincerely,

Mrs A Whistler

Headteacher

 

  Compulsory Homework Optional Homework
Early Years

 

Reading – (10 mins per evening) books to share and read at home – parents can write comments in the reading diary to update teachers of progress at home

Phonics activities linked to your child’s current ‘phase’ of learning

 

Creative homework – this is a topic based homework, updated once every half term. It can be found on the school website in the appropriate year group ‘homework’ page. Paper copies are also available from your child’s class teacher.
Year 1

 

Reading – (10 mins per evening) Children should be heard to read regularly – parents can write comments in the reading diaries to update teachers of progress at home

Phonics activities linked to your child’s current ‘phase’ of learning

Number bonds/tables

Children should learn number bonds to 10 and 20

 

Creative homework – this is a topic based homework, updated once every half term. It can be found on the school website in the appropriate year group ‘homework’ page. Paper copies are also available from your child’s class teacher.
Year 2 Reading – (15 mins per evening) Children should be heard to read regularly – parents can write comments in the reading diaries to update teachers of progress at home

Spellings – (5 mins per evening) Spellings will be given on a Friday to be learned for the following Friday, based on phonic or spelling patterns learned throughout the week.

Number bonds/tables

Children should learn to recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables, including recognising odd and even numbers.

 

Creative homework – this is a topic based homework, updated once every half term. It can be found on the school website in the appropriate year group ‘homework’ page. Paper copies are also available from your child’s class teacher.
Year 3 Reading – (15 mins per evening)

Phonics/Spellings – (5 mins per evening) Spellings will be given on a Friday to be learned for the following Friday, based on phonic or spelling patterns learned throughout the week.

Number bonds/tables

Children should learn to recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 3, 4 and 8 multiplication tables

 

Creative homework – this is a topic based homework, updated once every half term. It can be found on the school website in the appropriate year group ‘homework’ page. Paper copies are also available from your child’s class teacher.
Year 4 Reading(15 mins per evening)

Spellings – Spellings will be given on a Friday to be learned for the following Friday, based on phonic or spelling patterns learned throughout the week.

Number bonds/tables

Children should learn to recall multiplication and division facts for multiplication tables up to 12 × 12

 

Creative homework – this is a topic based homework, updated once every half term. It can be found on the school website in the appropriate year group ‘homework’ page. Paper copies are also available from your child’s class teacher.
Year 5 Reading (15 – 20 mins per evening)

Spellings – Spellings will be given on a Friday to be learned for the following Friday, based on phonic or spelling patterns learned throughout the week.

Number bonds/tables

Children should learn to recall multiplication and division facts for multiplication tables up to 12 × 12

 

Creative homework – this is a topic based homework, updated once every half term. It can be found on the school website in the appropriate year group ‘homework’ page. Paper copies are also available from your child’s class teacher.
Year 6 Reading (15 – 20 mins per evening)

English/Maths Revision –

In preparation for secondary school, children will be expected to complete a weekly task linked to the work from the classroom – taking no longer than 20 minutes. This will be given on a Friday to be completed by the following Friday.

Spellings – Spellings will be given on a Friday to be learned for the following Friday, based on phonic or spelling patterns learned throughout the week.

Number bonds/tables

Children should learn to recall multiplication and division facts for multiplication tables up to 12 × 12

 

Creative homework – this is a topic based homework, updated once every half term. It can be found on the school website in the appropriate year group ‘homework’ page. Paper copies are also available from your child’s class teacher.

 

 

Dates for your diary for coming weeks:

 

Tuesday 31st January

  •  Year 1 Rocket Workshop in school (Parents welcome to attend from 1.30pm)
Monday 6th February

  • School Book Fair all week
Wednesday 8th February

  • Y2 visit to St. Mary’s Heritage Centre in Gateshead – Poplar class
  • Year 5 ‘Play in a Day’ Larch class (Larch class parents invited to a performance beginning at 2.45pm)
  • Y4 Beech class visit to Hullabaloo Theatre in Darlington
Thursday 9th & Friday 10th February

  • Young Enterprise sale for Valentine’s Day (items on sale from 50p)
Friday 10th February

  • Y2 visit to St. Mary’s Heritage Centre in Gateshead –  Juniper class
  • Y4 Rowan class visit to Hullabaloo Theatre in Darlington
Thursday 16th February

  • Last day of this half term for pupils
Friday 17th February

  • Staff Training Day – school closed to pupils today
Monday 20th – Friday 24th February (inclusive)

  • Half term holiday