As a school we have invested in a scheme called accelerated reader. The children read books, within their assigned level, and then complete a quiz on line about the book. The children are given the opportunity to read daily by themselves and where possible with an adult. We also ask that the children are reading daily (5 times a week) at home either with an adult or older sibling. We know that lots of you have books at home but please contact us should this be a problem or you have any questions about suitable books etc.
We are particularly keen for the children to deepen their comprehension of a book so by asking them questions about what they have read, will really help them to develop their understanding further. If you would like further information on the types of questions you could ask, please contact us.
Spellings: Each week the children will have a spelling test on a Friday. The children have been organised into different groups depending on their ability and any gaps that need to be plugged. Each group will have 5 spellings linked to the sound/spelling pattern they have learnt that week. They will also be tested on 5 random spellings taken from either the top 200 HFW or the statutory year 3/4 spellings list. These words are taken from the curriculum and have to be spelt correctly on a regular basis for your child to be working at expected standards. We do not tell the children which spellings they will be as we find that children will learn them for that week and then forget them when writing. At first the children may feel like their spelling score is lower, however as the year progresses they will notice a gradual increase in their score. Weekly homework will be set via Google Classroom appropriate to the spelling pattern your child is learning.
Maths: We will continue to use studyladder to set your child's homework. The children will be set ‘pods’ with short activities within. The pods have been labelled with the date the homework is due in to limit any confusion. We may set a terms worth of pods at once but the children only have to complete them before the due date. We know that in the past some children like to complete more than one pod one week if they know they have a busy week the following week which is completely up to them how they manage their homework.
Most the children are familiar with this website and we use it regularly throughout the year for a range of activities across many subjects. Please do not worry if you see pods for other activities, these are likely to be for in school work! We have completed a practise run so that the children know how to log-on but they may need support to begin with.
Each week we will set three short maths activities for them to complete.