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Year R

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Home Learning

We appreciate the fact that many of our parents or carers wish to support their children’s learning at home. At Denmead Infant School we use the term home learning to describe activities which we provide for children to complete in partnership with adults or older siblings. This is not the same as the more traditional understanding of ‘homework’ which is a task that a child might be expected to complete by themselves. Below are some of the ways in which you can be involved- if you have any further questions please talk to your child’s class teacher.

Home learning in year R will include:

  • Sharing a book with your child daily. This can be a book from school, home or the local library. Children need to hear stories being read to them as well as beginning to develop early reading skills e.g. turning the pages of a book, talking about the pictures, predicting what might happen next. As they begin to recognise simple words and learn some letter sounds they can begin to join in with the reading of a simple text.
  • Wonderful words! Having a wide spoken vocabulary is the key to becoming a successful writer. Class teachers will provide a list of vocabulary for each topic which families are encouraged to share with their child. These are also available from the learning zone on the school website.
  • Early phonics and reading skills. As children are introduced to new sounds these will be sent home. Parents and carers will also be given a range of activities to secure children’s recognition and knowledge of these. They will also be given high frequency or ‘tricky’ words to learn.
  • Topic activities. Children will be invited to complete a home learning activity linked to each topic. These will generally be practical or speaking and listening tasks. More information about each topic can be found in the year R learning zone on the website.

Home learning in year 1 will include:

  • Daily reading. Children should continue to read daily, applying their phonics with increasing confidence. It is still important that they are read to and that they talk about the books they enjoy with others.
  • Wonderful words! Lists of key vocabulary will be sent home at the beginning of each topic. If children are able to use these words when talking about their learning they will then begin to use them to explain their learning and within their writing. These are also available from the learning zone on the school website.
  • Phonics. Phonics is a key part of the year 1 curriculum. Class teachers will send home regular phonics newsletters which contain the sounds which have been taught alongside ideas for practising these with your child at home. Your child may also bring home a sentence which they have been learning to read in their daily phonics session.
  • Number fluency. We send home information about the maths topics currently being taught including tips for supporting children at home with counting, writing numerals and learning addition and subtraction facts for all the numbers to 10. There will also be suggestions for supporting children in other areas of mathematics such as shape, measures and money.
  • Spelling. Class teachers provide a newsletter which outlines the key expectations of children in year 1. Suggestions for supporting children’s learning of spelling are also included in the regular phonics newsletters.
  • Topic activities. About once a fortnight, children will be given an activity to complete linked to their current learning.

Some children will be provided with personalised learning such as key words for reading and writing, or extra practice of handwriting. Your child’s class teacher will be able to talk to you about this.

 

Home learning in year 2 will include:

  • Daily reading. As children gain confidence in their reading they continue to need daily practice. This will help improve both the fluency of their reading and also enable them to develop their comprehension skills. Even if children can read a book independently, they still need to hear books read aloud to them or talk about what they have read or heard.
  • Spelling practice. Practising spelling and ensuring that children can spell all the words on the year 2 spelling list is a key element of the curriculum in this year. Parents and carers will be provided with a handout which details all the words which a child needs to learn to spell (this is also on the school website) alongside weekly class focus spelling lists to practise. A booklet of ideas to support the learning of spelling will also be provided during the autumn term.
  • Wonderful words! Lists of key vocabulary will be sent home at the beginning of each topic. If children are able to use these words when talking about their learning they will then begin to use them to explain their learning and within their writing. These are also available from the learning zone on the school website.
  • Number facts. In order to develop fluency in maths children need to know key number facts. In year 2 this means knowing all the addition and subtraction facts for numbers to 20, as well as the multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. During the Autumn term, parents and carers will be provided with a handbook which explains how we teach addition and subtraction. This will be followed by a handbook for multiplication and division in the Spring term. Both of these are also available from the school website.
  • Topic activities. About once a fortnight, children will be given an activity to complete linked to their current learning.

Some children will be provided with personalised learning such as key words for reading and writing, or extra practice of handwriting. Your child’s class teacher will be able to talk to you about this.

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