We believe that the most successful learning takes place when school and home are in partnership. We expect, from when children start at West Monkton, that they are given opportunities to continue their learning at home.
Children are expected to take reading books home from school and should be listened to read regularly at home, children will also bring home spellings, this will be relevant to their phase of phonetic development, it maybe a set of words or a phonetic pattern for them to practice at home.
As the children progress through the school there are more formal opportunities for children to reinforce learning at home through weekly Maths and English homework. The children can also access Mathletics from home, where they will find a range of activities to choose, from relevant to their mathematical ability.
Each term class teachers will send home an overview of what each class will be covering during the term, across the whole curriculum. This will also include additional information of ways to support your child’s learning at home, this will enable you to engage with your child’s learning in a more informal way.
Below is more detail of what you should expect for your child as they go through West Monkton:
Key Stage 1
In EYFS we regularly send home reading books/ journals/high Frequency Words and Sounds together with a list of ideas/ games to support phonics learning. We also send home periodically maths games/ ideas. On Fridays ‘look and share’ books go home for families to complete together and return to us for sharing in class the following week.
KS1 send home weekly homework which is either based on literacy or mathematics. This is sometimes increased in Year 2 if there is an interest or a need. The homework can be a practice of a skill or a new learning opportunity and can sometimes be in the form of ICT (e.g. mathletics).
We are very proud of our phonics provision, in KS1 and it is in our phased groups that spellings are set and are tested. These are set once a week. There is an additional expectation that the children read on a nightly basis for 10-15 minutes and this is recorded in their reading journals. The children are given an opportunity to take home a plot-driven book through our benchmarking system as well as a phonetically-based reading book set in line with their phonics ability.
Key Stage 2
LKS2 send weekly homework out each Friday, alternating between literacy and maths. Teachers expect this to be returned every Thursday.
Children are also given a list of spelling words each Friday (tested the following Friday) that they will cover the following week at school. These are to go home and be shared with parents so that the children may explore the spelling patterns/rules further. An assessment is done on the Friday to monitor understanding and competence.
Children have a reading diary which also goes home. Teachers expect to see diaries daily and keep a record of who has read the night before (expected to read Mon – Fri for 20 mins each day).
Children are encouraged to practice times tables regularly at home and use mathletics to support their maths competencies.
We send weekly homework out each Friday, children receive Numeracy and Literacy homework every week. Teachers expect this to be returned every Thursday and children who don’t complete homework attend homework club on a Friday lunchtime.
Children have a reading diary and are expected to read for 20 minutes a day from Monday to Friday.
Children are encouraged to practice times tables regularly at home and use Mathletics to support their work in Maths.
In preparation for secondary school the frequency of homework increase as the children go through Year Six. As in previous years they are encouraged to read daily, go on Mathletics and begin the year with one piece of homework a week alternating between Literacy and Numeracy; before moving to two pieces of homework from the start of the Spring Term.