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Learning at Home

As parents, you are the first educators of your child and at Dore Primary School we recognise that the partnership between home and school is fundamental to a child's success.

We always enjoy celebrating learning that children complete at home. We strongly encourage our children to follow their own interests, to further enhance their learning. This work is celebrated in school and takes pride of place in the Learning at Home area in your child's class. This may be: a piece of art work, story, poem, powerpoint, model, poster or film. 




Purple mash is our online learning platform from FS-Y6 for all subjects, your child should have a user name and a password. Check on the 'to-do' section of the Purple Mash site for personalised tasks from your class teacher. https://www.purplemash.com/sch/doreprimary


In addition to the work that your child may produce at home, each year group has the following expectations:

Reception
Phonics: Children have a Phonics Book which goes to and from school everyday (except a Friday as this is when we recap all the sounds learnt throughout the week). Each day, the children learn a new sound in school and a sticker of the grapheme is put in the book so that you can practise together at home. Each new sound is accompanied by an action and a song. All songs can be found online by searching the sound along with 'Jolly Phonics'. Please practise these daily.

Reading: All children have a Reading Record Book. Parents, teachers and children keep a note of books they have shared together along with comments to reflect how the children have got on with the book and what they have enjoyed. Children can visit the infant library to choose a new book with parents before settling on the carpet for morning registration on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. There is no requirement as to how much children should be reading at home, however, we advise at least three times a week.

High frequency words (that the children cannot decode) are sent home in lists throughout the school year. Children need to learn to read these by sight. Please practise these as and when you read together at home as it helps to improve their fluency when they see them in the context of a book.

Year 1
Phonics: Children receive weekly phonics sounds and words to practise at home. 

Reading: Every child in Year 1 has a Reading Record book. Parents, children and teachers add comments to this book (this includes all books you share together, not just ones from school). We hope to see a minimum of one parental  comment per week, although we would expect children to be reading at least 3 times per week at home. This comment allows us to develop a shared understanding of celebrations and areas for development in reading. 

Maths: Children have a weekly maths challenge called 'Maths Ninja' where children are required to complete a number of calculations. Teachers send these challenges home each week with another optional challenge to complete.

Year 2
Spellings: On Mondays children receive weekly spellings to practise at home (these will also be put on the online learning journeys). Each day the children practise their spellings in school, through a range of spelling games. On a Friday, children take part in our 'Sentence Showdown' where they write dictated sentences and receive points for the correct spelling and punctuation of these sentences.

Reading: Every child in Year 2 has a Reading Record book. Parents, children and teachers add comments to this book (this includes all books you share together, not just ones from school). We expect to see a minimum of one parental  comment per week, although we would expect children to be reading at least 3 times per week at home. This comment allows us to develop a shared understanding of celebrations and areas for development in reading.

Time Tables: Children receive a username and password for Times Table Rock Stars in the Spring Term (January). Accessing this on a weekly basis has been found to significantly enhance children's timestable knowledge. Children are rewarded when they progress onto a different rock status (See attachment at the bottom of the page). Children receive a certificate in assembly and parents receive an email home.  https://ttrockstars.com/login2.

The expectations for year 2 are to learn the 2x, 3x, 5x and 10x tables.

Year 3
Spellings: On Mondays children receive weekly spellings to practise at home (these are on the online learning journeys). Each day the children practise their spellings in school, through a range of spelling games. On a Friday, children are expected to write these words in dictated sentences and receive points for the correct spelling and punctuation of these sentences.

Reading: Every child in Year 3 has a Reading Record book. Parents, children and teachers add comments to this book (this includes all books you share together, not just ones from school). We expect to see a minimum of one parental  comment per week, although we would expect children to be reading at least 3 times per week at home. This comment allows us to develop a shared understanding of celebrations and areas for development in reading.

Time Tables: Children have a username and password for Times Table Rock Stars. Accessing this on a weekly basis has been found to significantly enhance children's timestable knowledge. Children are rewarded when they progress onto a different rock status (See attachment at the bottom of the page). Children receive a certificate in assembly and parents receive an email home.  https://ttrockstars.com/login2.

The expectations for year 3 are:
Autumn 1 - Know multiplication and division facts for the 4 times table
Autumn 2 - Know multiplication and division facts for the 8 times table
Spring 1 - Consolidate 2s, 5s, 10s, 3s, 4s and 8s times tables
Spring 2 - Know multiplication and division facts for the 6 times table
Summer 1 - Know multiplication and division facts for the 11 times table
Summer 2 - Consolidate 2s, 5s, 10s, 3s, 4s, 8s, 6s, and 11s times tables 

Year 4
Spellings: 
On Mondays children receive weekly spellings to practise at home (these are also put on the online learning journeys). Each day the children practise their spellings in school, through a range of spelling activities. On a Friday, children are expected to write these words in dictated sentences and receive points for the correct spelling and punctuation of these sentences.

English: Every child in Year 4 has a Learning at home book. In the front of each book are details of each child’s current English targets. Children are provided with a stimulus chosen by each child to inspire their writing, this is usually an engaging image with associated questions. Year 4 pupils are encouraged to borrow one library book at a time from our school library, they may also borrow one book from the Reading Scheme and they may have books at home too. Children are given prompts to respond to their reading. We like children to complete at least one of these challenges each month, they do not need to finish a book to respond to the prompts.

Time Tables: 
Children have a username and password for Times Table Rock Stars. Accessing this on a weekly basis has been found to significantly enhance children's timestable knowledge. Children are rewarded when they progress onto a different rock status (See attachment at the bottom of the page). Children receive a certificate in assembly and parents receive an email home.  https://ttrockstars.com/login2.

The expectations for year 4 are:
Autumn 1 - Know multiplication and division facts for the 9 times table
Autumn 2 - Know multiplication and division facts for the 12 times table
Spring 1 - Know multiplication and division facts for the 7 times table
Spring 2 to end of the year - Consolidate all times tables and division facts up to 12 x 12

Year 5
Spellings: Each Monday children receive weekly spellings to practise at home (these are also put on the online learning journeys). Each day the children practise their spellings in school, through a range of spelling activities. On a Friday, children are expected to write these words in dictated sentences and receive points for the correct spelling and punctuation of these sentences.

Reading: While children in Year 5 do not have Reading Record Books, we expect all Year 5 children to be reading every day at home for at least 15 minutes.  This normally takes the form of independent reading, but sometimes reading aloud to parents can be beneficial.

Times Tables: Children have a username and password for Times Table Rock Stars. Accessing this on a weekly basis has been found to significantly enhance children's times tables knowledge. Children are rewarded when they progress onto a different rock status (See attachment at the bottom of the page). Children receive a certificate in assembly and parents receive an email home.  https://ttrockstars.com/login2.

The expectation for Year 5 is that children know all their times tables and associated division facts up to 12x12.

Projects: Year 5 children are periodically given project work to complete.  For example, this could involve researching an area of learning or producing a presentation for the rest of the class.

Year 6
Spellings: On Mondays children will receive weekly spellings to practise at home (these are also be put on the online learning journeys). Each day the children practise their spellings in school, through a range of spelling games. On Fridays, children are expected to write these words in dictated sentences and they receive points for the correct spelling and punctuation of these sentences.

Reading: While children in Year 6 do not have Reading Record Books, we would expect all Year 6 children to be reading every day at home. 

Times Tables: Children have a username and password for Times Table Rock Stars. Accessing this on a weekly basis has been found to significantly enhance children's timestable knowledge. Children are rewarded when they progress onto a different rock status (See attachment at the bottom of the page). Children receive a certificate in assembly and parents receive an email home.  https://ttrockstars.com/login2.

The expectation for Year 6 is that children know all their timestables and associated division facts up to 12x12.  

Duolingo: As part of the French curriculum, children access the Duolingo website. Children can use their logins for this website at home if they wish to further their learning outside of school time.

MonsterSATs: In order to help prepare children for their statutory assessments, children are given logins for the MonsterSATs revision website. Children are directed to use this as part of their home learning and encouraged to access the website independently to support learning in the classroom. 

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