At Aldermaston, we know that Parents and Carers taking an interest in their child’s school work has a hugely positive impact on children’s engagement with learning. Regular practice of key skills can also help consolidate the learning they have done in school and impact the progress children make.

How can you support your child with their learning at home?

Showing an interest and talking to your children about their school work is really valuable. As well as showing your child you care about their learning, it is an important opportunity to develop their understanding and vocabulary.

We understand that children don’t always want discuss their day, you need to carefully choose your time to talk, this may not be when they first come through the door! Some families find mealtimes, bath time or when out and about easier times to start conversations.

Each term your class teacher will send out a curriculum overview which tells you about what your child will be learning. This may help you choose books, programmes, activities or museums to further explore the topics your child is doing at school.

What are the expectations for homework?

Reading: At Aldermaston School, we know the importance of children reading regularly, those that do achieve well across the whole curriculum. We expect all children to read 5 times a week and record this in their Reading Record. House points are awarded for each time they read and our classes have a weekly competition to see who reads the most!

Spellings: All classes encourage the children to regularly practise the key spelling words for their year group. These will be sent home at the beginning of the year and regularly reviewed.

In our Infant classes, phonics tasks are sometimes sent home to support the children practising some sounds.

Maths: Each week, Teachers will set Maths homework on an online resource called ‘My Maths’. The task will link to the learning that has been done in class that week and there are supporting videos to help both parents and children if they are unsure of methods.

Times tables: The school uses the computer programme ‘Times Table Rock Stars’ for children to practise their multiplication and division skills. With individual logins, the children are able to access learning suitable for their level.

What else can I do with my child?

Outside of school, we know children really benefit from opportunities to play sport, socialise with friends and have time to explore their own interests and hobbies. All of these activities will enable the children with a variety of skills and experiences to enhance their learning.

What if I have a concern?

If you are having difficulties with homework, or have any questions, please do not hesitate to speak to your child’s class teacher.