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The ‘Big Picture’:

 

Big Pictures are our half termly curriculum overviews for each class. They provide opportunity for discussion and research at home on areas they will be learning about in school. The Big Pictures are sent home on the last day of each half term, before work begins at the start of the next half term.

 

Homework is set on a weekly and half termly basis. Some learning at home will be ongoing work over the half term (Creative Curriculum Projects, Reading, Blogging, Purple Mash), however, English and mathematics based learning will also be set on alternate weeks. Year 6 homework may differ slightly in the weeks before SATs.

 

 

Week A – Learning Logs (English focus):

 

Learning Logs homework is given out every other Monday and is due back in the following Monday.  This gives children a full week to complete the work. The Learning Logs approach provides the opportunity to reinforce the many new skills and techniques being introduced in class.  The open ended nature also enables children to develop their own learning styles and attempt tasks which develop higher order thinking skills.  Through the Learning Logs, the children are being asked to apply their knowledge, skills and techniques in a creative way.

 

Our high standards of presentation should be consistent at home and in school. Therefore, biros should not be used.  We would prefer KS1 children to use pencil and children in KS2 to use a handwriting or fountain pen.  Of course, there will be some occasions when the children may want to use gel pens or highlighters to enhance some of their writing.

 

Each piece of homework set will include a learning objective: WALT (KS1) or LO (KS2). Success Criteria will also be listed (WILF in KS1) and where appropriate, an example provided. The child, parent/carer and teacher should all assess learning with one or two brief comments. See below for an example:

 

Learning Log Homework 13th April 2015

WALT:

 

Research and present information about India.

WILF:

  • Key facts about the population, climate and culture
  • Basic skills: use of punctuation -.!?, connectives – and, but, so,
  • Cursive script used for handwriting

Example: In the style of a travel brochure, as a powerpoint presentation, as a report or by drawing or sticking in pictures of India with captions next to them.

Child:

I enjoyed learning about India and tried hard to include the correct punctuation.

 

 

Parent/Carer:

Well done! You worked hard to find the key facts and only needed support with completing the powerpoint.

Teacher:

An interesting way of presenting your facts on India. Next time, see if you can add more connectives.

To be returned to school on 20th April 2015

 

In addition to the Learning Logs, children will be sent home spellings to learn or be asked to revise their spelling patterns.

 

Week B – My Maths

   

‘MyMaths’ is an interactive online teaching and homework website, which our school has subscribed to in order to build pupil engagement and consolidate maths knowledge. By using school and individual login details, children are able to log in the ‘MyMaths’ website to access their Numeracy homework tasks online. Teachers are able to set homework tasks for individual children, groups of children or the whole class. They will also set the date for when the homework should be completed, which will usually be for the following week, as it is with the Learning Logs. The tasks contain questions, which are based on a specific Learning Objective and will build on, or consolidate, what the children have been learning in school. When children log on to the website, they will see which homework tasks are due as well as being able to access tasks which have already been completed. This will be very useful for revision, as children can repeat any tasks which have been already been completed.

  

Before children begin the homework activity, they are given the option to work through a ‘practice session’, which will show what has been learnt in lessons. This will refresh the concept for children and also allow parents/carers to see how they can support children with their homework. Once the task has been completed, clicking on the ‘Mark It’ button will give immediate feedback to children on how they have done. Children can correct any errors and re-mark their work. They can rate their understanding by clicking on ‘Smiley Face’ icons which have a relevant statement explaining how they found the task. Children can also access maths games on the website and a report of all activities they have completed. Class teachers automatically receive a report of how all children have performed in all tasks set.

  

In addition to ‘My Maths’, children will be sent home mental arithmetic to practise.

 

Ongoing home learning:

 

Creative Curriculum projects – These are sent home in children’s Learning Logs on the last day of the half term. These projects can be completed over the holiday and/or during the following half term. They should be returned to school before the end of the half term, on a date set by the teacher and shared with parents and children.

   

Reading - The children should also be reading at least 5 times per week and completing their reading record.  Parents are asked to sign the reading record in KS1. Reading should be a pleasurable experience!  Children should be encouraged to read a variety of books and other literature, both fiction and non-fiction. A suggested list of genre is included in the reading record to help pupils make a good reading choice. Pupils are also given a list of suggested activities to do at home following their reading, some blank pages are provided in the reading records to complete these activities if pupils wish to.

   

Blogging – Our school blog provides additional work and support for children at home. Children are provided with a real audience and purpose for writing. Parents/carers are free to comment and give feedback on any of our posts. (These will be monitored before going live and then will be shared with the children.)

  

Purple Mash – This resource is used in school and at home by use of individual usernames and passwords and can be found via the school website (www.lostock.bolton.sch.uk). It includes activities, games and resources to support children’s learning. 

 

 

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