At Bangabandhu we call homework ‘home learning’.
As a parent or carer you play a vital role in your child’s education, including their home learning.
Learning at home is an essential part of a good education. Regular home learning is important as it gives pupils the opportunity to practise at home the tasks done in class and helps the children work towards improving important skills. It also encourages children to become confident and independent in their learning, which will help throughout their time at school and later, in adult life. Home learning activities are an important part of our home/school partnership. All children are expected to take part in the variety of home learning tasks set.
This is how home learning works at Bangabandhu.
Daily/Weekly Home Learning Tasks
Reading on a daily basis is expected.
From Nursery onward children bring books home to share with parents. When children are in Reception, they will start to bring home a ’reading book’ (a Read, Write, Inc book), short books with a few words and they will work through the different stages of these reading books as their reading skills develop. This continues throughout the school. In addition to this the children also bring home a book that is beyond their reading skills so that parents can read to them and share these quality books.
As children continue to get older they should read for at least 20 minutes each night. Reading aloud with an adult is important throughout the primary years. Even if your child is a fluent reader, having a discussion about the story (for example, the characters’ personalities and actions, the ‘wow words’ used by the author) is a valuable way to develop reading skills.
For children in Year 1 to Year 6, learning their addition facts to 20 and practising times tables is extremely important. By the end of Year 4, children should have a rapid recall of times tables facts up to the 12 times tables.
They must be able to say the division facts too e.g. 7×8=56 and therefore also 56÷7=8. ‘Rapid recall’ should be within around five seconds. They should not have to count through the tables facts to get there or use their fingers! At Bangabandhu we call these facts ‘learn its’ because you just have to learn them!
Each week from Year 1 to Year 6 some Maths activities are set.
These are online activities on the website www.uk.mathletics.com. The online Maths activities are given to consolidate the Maths learning that has been happening in class that week. Children also get the opportunity to practice and develop their skills and knowledge through games on this website and compete against other children all over the world. Children receive a login and this login is sent home to parents so that you can support and keep track of their home learning.
From Year 1 onward children are given a set of words to learn to spell each week. Learning the spellings for just a short time each day is more effective than leaving it all to the last minute.
These are words which the children have been learning in spelling lessons during the previous week. Spending time on these at home will ensure that children know them really well. The children do a spelling test each week so that we can keep check on their progress.
We also give out holiday projects for children to complete during holiday periods, usually something creative. These will vary across the year.