What will Home Learning consist of?
In Year 6 the children will be expected to:
- Read a challenging text every night. This could be a book, but could also be a newspaper, magazine, graphic novel, internet article, manual, recipe book, etc. The purpose of reading at home is to develop a love of reading and to recognise the role it has in all our lives.
- Practice their spellings every night. It is expected that children will know the Year 5 & 6 spelling list by Christmas in Year 6. Using games, putting them around the house on labels or post-its, etc always helps them in learning these key words.
- Practice their times tables every night. It is expected that children will know their times tables from 1x1 to 12x12 by the end of Year 4. As such Year 6 children should be confident with all their tables so that they can be questioned in a rapid fire, random manner and respond quickly and accurately. Being able to apply these to quick fire, random questions using both multiplication and division is also necessary for them to be able to get the best from the Year 6 Maths curriculum (so 6x8 could also be asked 8x6, 48 divided by 6 and 48 divided by 8).
- Reciprocal Reading. The children will be taking part in Reciprocal Reading each week. There will be a certain amount of text that they need to cover before the next week. If they do not cover the amount of text in class, they will be expected to read to the end of that section before the next Monday. It is important that they do this, as the whole group's learning will be delayed if they have to wait for one person to catch up.
Alongside these three aspects of weekly home Learning, there will also be one written or creative piece of work each week. This work will alternate between Maths, English and a task related to the Big Question work at the time.
- The Maths and English work will be differentiated and linked to the topic being studied that week. Resources will be sent home or made available on the class web page.
- The Big Question work may be one longer piece to be completed across the term (such as research) or two smaller tasks.
When will Home Learning be given out and collected in?
Home Learning will be given out on a TUESDAY and expected to be available to the teacher (by email or handed in depending on what was requested by the teacher) the following MONDAY.
Home Learning can be handed in before the deadline if you'd prefer, which is always helpful with marking as it can be spread more evenly across the week!
Sometimes Home Learning will consist of sheets of paper which will be given out in class. I will always put an electronic copy on the website. If the paper copy is lost you will need to print a copy from the website.
Sometimes there will be no paper copy, and there will simply be some instructions on the web page. Children will be made aware of this during the week.
Marking Home Learning
Where the children are given maths, punctuation, grammar or spellings as home learning activities, they will also be provided with an answer sheet. It is expected that children mark their own work, and write next to their errors why they think they got it wrong (maybe they didn't read the question properly, or they mis-wrote a number which they confused for another, etc. Maybe they didn't understand the subject matter.) When they hand in their work, we will be more interested in their ability to identify their errors or lack of understanding and suggest solutions than simply getting everything right! This process of identifying and processing errors is key to their learning and can consolidate learning far better than getting 20 calculations right.