At Kentmere we set a Learning Challenge each week for the children to complete in their Learning Log. The challenges might include research or consolidating what they already know and presenting it across 2 pages in their own creative way.
We are very keen for children to read every evening and talk about their book or read out aloud to an adult.
We encourage our children to have a wide reading experience and enjoy reading at home with different books
and magazines. Reading online is also a useful skill but it needs careful supervision from an adult.
Please take your child to the library and read other material so that they understand the importance of this life skill. We will send home spelling tests to be learnt and then tested in school. The children are tested in order to gauge which level of spellings are suitably challenging for them. Times tables sheets are given out to be learnt at home and then tested in school with awards being presented in assembly for accuracy and speed.
At Kentmere Academy, ‘homework’ refers to any work or activity which pupils are asked to do outside lesson time, either on their own or with an adult. Each child has a yellow homework diary to share with parents. The older children make a note of any homework set in their diaries. Parents are asked to use this diary to provide feedback to the teachers on whether the child completed their homework, whether the instructions provided were clear and how the child found the work. Please sign the diary each week to confirm that your child has shared their homework with you. The class teacher checks the diary each week and signs it to confirm they have seen your comments.
Below, you can find our recommendations for regular home study:
Daily: reading together including any literacy tasks given to support the reading.
Weekly: Games, songs, rhymes and other opportunities for children to share their learning with an adult.
Occasional: collecting items to be used in class e.g. Junk modelling materials, find examples of a “ red” object to support learning about colour.
Daily: reading, spellings practice and other literacy work to support language development.
Weekly: 1 hour per week.
Number work , number formation.
Literacy work e.g. List of keywords to learn. Letter formation.
Occasional : topic work.
Daily: reading, book reviews when story is finished ( in class reading diary)Times tables, number facts.
Weekly: 1.5 hours per week.
Number work , including times tables. Literacy work e.g. Spellings, key words, story writing, book review.
Occasional: topic work, research, investigation.
30 minutes per day.
Daily: reading, times tables, number facts.
Weekly: Number work, problem solving. Literacy work e.g. SATs practice paper, story writing, book review.
Occasional: Projects, Cross-curricular topic work, research, investigation. SATs revision, practice tests. Rehearsal for performances.