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Your child should bring their  reading diary and reading books, into school every day.  It is expected that your child will be heard read at home each day and a comment logged in their diary.  Reading diaries will be monitored each day in school.  When your child is heard read in school, we will record a comment. 

Reading books will be collected in every Thursday and will be changed.  If their reading diary shows that they have not read one or any of the books, the book or books will not be changed.  


Please read the following information from researchers in the United States who were looking at the impact of parents reading with, and listening to, their child at home:


“…Here’s how many words kids would have heard by the time they were 5 years old:     

Never read to, 4,662 words;                                                                                      1–2 times per week, 63,570 words;                                                                            3–5 times per week, 169,520 words;                            

daily, 296,660 words; and five books a day, 1,483,300 words.”

Which parent are you?


Your child will bring home their Homework each Thursday.  This will contain their spellings and a piece of Maths homework.  Homework should then be handed in the following Wednesday.  It will be marked and comments made accordingly.


Your child will initially receive up to 6 spellings each week in their spelling homework book.  Please see the spelling strategies poster inside the spelling book to try out different ways to best learn spellings.  It is expected that these words will each be written in a sentence on the lines in their spelling book.  Spelling tests will be on a Thursday.



Your child will be given three words each week.  These words will be synonyms or words which relate to each other.  Please discuss these words with your child so that they understand the meaning and can use them in the correct context.  It would be useful to record any other words which relate.  


* Maths
Maths homework will also come home each week.  This will include a range of activities to practise mental maths skills.  There will be some recording on the sheet but also oral maths.  It is really important for your child to become fluent in number facts. 


At the beginning of every term, the children will have activities to choose from based around our curriculum theme. Please see the topic homework sheet to know when the homework is due in. 

More details about the school’s homework policy can be found on the school website.


Many thanks for your continued support and please contact me if you are unsure about how to support your child with their learning at home.

Mrs Diaper and Mrs Wynne