From this academic year homework in the Explorers' class is going to consist of a series of tasks, some of which are 'expected' and others are 'optional' for those children who have the time or desire to undertake further learning. These tasks are explained below:
Spellings (Expected) - There will be 36 spelling tests given to both the Year 1 and Year 2 children throughout the course of the year. The word lists can all be found under the respective 'star' icon on the Explorers' class page as well as a schedule of test numbers with the respective day they will be tested, which is a Friday morning (unless other school activities unavoidably conflict).
Times Tables (Expected) - The children will also be expected to learn their 2x, 5x and 10x tables, with the addition of the 3x table for the Year 2 children to achieve the required national expectation for the end of the key stage. These tables will be tested intermittently on a Friday morning also.
Reading (Expected) - Your child will by now have been issued with a school reading book(s) to take home to read with their parent/carer on an evening. These books are expected to be changed each week and it would be very helpful if the adult who hears their child read would add a comment in the reading record provided in order to assist school staff.
Mental Maths Challenge (Optional) - On this page will be a series of mental maths activities which will form the basis of a maths concept revision session also delivered on a Friday morning and whilst 'optional' the completion of these activities will greatly aid your child's understanding and participation in these sessions.
Extra Maths and Literacy Activity Sheets (Optional) - These sheets are purely there as a fun way for the children to interact with the curriculum for their respective cohort group as we progress throughout the year. There is no requirement or expectation that the children will engage with these activities but are included as an extension to learning or for parents to engage with their children's learning during 'down-time'.
As if that isn't enough, you will see a picture below of a 'piggy bank' which was kindly donated to our classroom by our after school club coordinator Miss Sellers. I have asked the children to design and make a money savings box over the coming year as an art, design and technology personal project. I am expecting the children to have designed their savings box by Christmas at home and then design the basic structure over the Spring term, with completion by the end of Summer.
As always, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask me at any point.