Ongoing Homework for Y6 Children
In addition to the homework that year 6 children get weekly or fortnightly, there are also a number of things they should be doing regularly at home to prepare themselves for the end of year tests and secondary school. These include:
Year 6 need to be challenging themselves with the difficulty of the texts they read.
Free readers should be choosing a reading book that challenges them. They should be reading regularly and finishing a novel (depending upon length) every 2-3 weeks.
Book banded readers should still be reading their reading book several times a week with an adult or older sibling – this is vital to improve their reading age. They will also be given the opportunity to choose a more challenging text to read independently.
The children have been given bookmarks where they can jot down the dates when they read. We would be grateful if you would ask them about the book and sign the bookmark regularly to ensure they are reading. When a book is finished we will collect in the bookmark as a record of their reading. For each bookmark finished, we will give out 5 e-praise points. There will also be extra prizes for those reading the most over the half term.
The children need to be fluent with their times tables up to 12 – please work with your child to support them in learning these.
All pupils have a Mathletics and Sumdog log in which can be accessed from home. Tasks are set regularly and monitored by teachers.
In year six we do not set a list of words to learn for a test, as at this point in their education it is important to set them up with skills that can be applied and used to learn all of the tricky words they are likely to come across in the future! We have regular spelling sessions (usually 3 times a week) where the children are taught, practise and apply spelling patterns and strategies. To reinforce this, pupils can access Spellodrome at home. We have set Spellodrome’s levels so that your child will be working on spellings that are at the right level for them.
Pupils also have access to SPaG.com where they can practise the grammar we have been learning in class. The teacher will let the children know when new tasks have been set in this.
As the year progresses, pupils will be given revision books to complete at home. These books will be issued later this term when we have covered the areas needed for the children to revise.
It is worth remembering that this year 6 are only the second year to be working at the new Year 6 standards which are much higher than previous years. Done regularly, all of the above will support your child to cope with the new demands of the curriculum and tests.
Ms Lockley and Mrs Curran
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