Home Learning at Prendergast

Home Learning at Prendergast

 

 

At Prendergast we greatly value parental Home Learning support in a number of ways.

 

Reception

The Early Years at school is a time when children are very quickly developing socially, emotionally and academically.

Home Learning in the Early Years includes:

 

Activity

Purpose

Daily shared reading with parents

To foster a love of books and to develop reasoning skills. Children are able to borrow a book to share from the class stock or the school library.

Weekly tasks relating to the term’s topic. For example spotting shapes in the local environment, sending a postcard when on holiday, collecting tickets from jouneys and visits.

To promote language skills and to engage the children’s inquisitiveness about the world around them.

To develop early reading, writing and math skills.

Read Write Inc. Phonics

Once the children are able to blend sounds to read words (usually around Christmas) we send home phonics reading books for your child to read to you. They should be able to confidently read the books to you, and should not be struggling. This is a chance for your child to ‘show off’ to you, and to impress you with their newly developed reading skills.

Tricky word of the week

A beginner’s version of a spelling test. Children learn their tricky word of the week at home and use it at school in their writing.

Mathletics and Spellodrome

Age appropriate access to online Maths and Spelling activities.

 

Year 1 and 2

As the children get older we aim to support them to develop their independent learning skills.

Home Learning for this age phase includes:

 

 

Activity

Purpose

Daily shared reading with parents

To foster a love of books and to develop reasoning skills. Children are able to borrow a book to share from the class stock or the school library.

Home Learning Project

Each half term your child will be given a Home Learning project linked to the half termly topic. For example, Year 2 studied London and were asked to design and create a building that they might see on the London Skyline. We had some fabulous examples from The Shard to Tower Bridge. We encourage parents to work on the project with their child every week – talking about their project, researching and designing and building. At the end of each half term our children bring their projects in to share with parents and the rest of the class. Home Learning Projects are then put on display in our Heart Space.

 

 

Read Write Inc. Phonics

The children are set in reading ability groups, so that each and every one of them can get the challenge that they need. A phonics reading book will be sent home on a 3 or 5 day cycle for your child to read to you. This is their opportunity to show off to you and they should not struggle to read the words. Once your child is reading fluently (usually by Year 2 – sometimes earlier) we will send them home with ‘chapter books’ to read to you.

Mathletics and Spellodrome

Age appropriate access to online Maths and Spelling activities. Activities are set every Thursday for your child to complete by the following Thursday.

Daily shared reading with parents

To foster a love of books and to develop reasoning skills. Children are able to borrow a book to share from the class stock or the school library.

Spellings

We will give each child a ‘word bank’ to take home so that you can practice high frequency words together. We will practice these words in school and ask you to practice at home on a regular basis – at least 3 x 10 minutes weekly definitely supports your child to remember tricky words.

 

Statutory Tests

Often parents are keen to get their children familiar with tasks/activities which appear on the Phonics Screener in Year 1 and SATs tests in Year 2. We provide parents with advice on materials that help you support your child at home but emphasise that practice should be in regular, short bursts (15/20 minutes).Please ask your child's class teacher for advice on what to work on.