The expectation for homework in Year 6 is that children do 30 minutes per evening. In secondary school, they will be expected to do 45-90 minutes per evening.
Children will be provided with spelling homework on a Monday and tested on these words on a Friday.
Children will be expected to correct their weekly maths tests and return these books each Monday.
Children will be set MyMaths work weekly, to be completed by Friday.
Children will be set Grammar/ punctuation homework and a comprehension homework on alternate weeks. This will be set on a Friday, to be handed in the following Friday.
In addition, children will be set reading homework and will be expected to access Bug Club and MyMaths to further their own learning.
Mr. Cranney will set aside lunchtime every Friday for children who wish to complete work, do additional work or access websites that they cannot at home.
There will be other opportunities for children to use Bug Club and MyMaths during lunchtimes.
If your child experiences difficulties with a homework assignment, or it seems to be going on too long, please don’t worry. Encourage your child to do what he/she can in a reasonable amount of time and then simply leave the rest. We certainly don’t mean to cause strife at home.
Reading is easily the most important thing. If you regularly share books with your child you’ll make a big difference to his/her success in school. Children in Year 6 need to keep up the habit of reading regularly and you can encourage this by being involved.
Reading to you will build up stamina and speed and expand your child’s vocabulary. But it isn’t a test! If your child gets stuck then it’s probably best to simply say what the problem word is and move on. Reading the earlier part of a sentence a second time will often help a problem word make sense so this could be worth a try, but don’t labour the point. Your main aim is to enjoy reading together.
Maintain an interest and talk about his/her books… think together about the plot, the characters, the facts (in information books) and swap opinions. You can do this with anything that your child reads – not just his/her ‘school reading book’.
And remember, no primary school child is ever too old to enjoy being read to by you. Together, you might select books that are just a bit tricky for your child to read alone, possibly school library books, helping to keep him/her interested in the whole business of reading for pleasure.
Above all enjoy books together.
Fifteen to twenty minutes a night will be truly valuable and will certainly make a difference to your child’s progress in school. But don’t restrict the time if your child is keen to do more!
(Recording home reading in reading diaries is helpful. Thank you.)
Practising number facts makes them stick for good.
Revise addition and subtraction facts, e.g. pairs of numbers that total 10, 20 or 100. Practise times tables facts. Your child will know a good few tables by now: plug the gaps and practise the trickier 6’s, 7’s 8’s and 12’s. Time how long it takes your child to recite a times table and challenge him/her to do it faster the next day… Get good at recalling random facts out of order.
From time to time we set specific challenges and investigations to develop problem-solving skills.
Please do check your child’s work with him/her if you can. Do this before it’s been handed in if you wish. If there are errors by all means consider them together and make corrections: it’s better to spot misunderstandings sooner rather than later.
We send spellings home with Year 6 children fortnightly and the lists of words can be found and practised on line too. The routine we encourage is: See the word And Cover the word And Write the word And Check the word. It helps children to say the word as they write it.
The final check is important of course. If the word has been written incorrectly, notice the bits that are correct and then try again… Please do help your child by checking spellings with them. It’s best to notice slips sooner rather than later.
Please encourage neatness and careful presentation in your child’s homework. In Year 6 children usually write in pen (preferably not biro please).