Harris Academies
All Academies in our Federation aim to transform the lives of the students they serve by bringing about rapid improvement in examination results, personal development and aspiration.

Homework

We aim to foster a positive attitude towards homework and help set good habits for Secondary School. We are concerned that homework is of genuine interest to the children and matched to their ability. We ask that parents support their child with any homework given.
 

Home Learning Expectations

 

Below are the home learning expectations for Key Stage and 1 and 2 children at the academy. I hope this provides you with a clear overview. If you have any comments or suggestions, please do feed them back to us. We do listen to parents and act upon feedback.

 

Thank you for your support.

Reading –

for children following the Read Write Inc. Programme

Each Friday your child will bring home a Read Write Inc book directly linked to the level of reading and writing your child is doing in phonics. Your child will not have read this book at school. Please make sure your child brings their book bag to school every Friday so the book can be changed.

 

Your child will also bring home a book from the library. This will be a book they have chosen out of pure interest. It may be a non-fiction or a fiction book. Please read this book together with your child. Library visits for children in Cadiz happen every Monday, Malaga every Tuesday, Valencia every Wednesday and Alicante every Friday. Again please make sure your child has their book bag in school on this day so they can choose a new library book

 

Your child should have a purple home reading diary. Please help your child to complete a page in the diary linked to either book. The class teacher will read the completed page and sign the diary every Friday.

Reading –

My Book Blog

 

Children read books that are linked to their current level of reading through My Book Blog. All children have a lesson in school every week where they can read their books and log onto the website to complete the online activities. They can also use that session or lunchtime any day to change their reading book. At home, children should continue to read their book and complete the activities online. If your child does not have access to the internet, please speak to the class teacher. Children should be reading daily at home for a minimum of 20 minutes. Teachers and senior managers use the individual data from My BB to monitor reading progress. In the near future, parents will begin receive regular emails about your child’s reading and their progress.

Spellings

The spelling list is given out each Monday. Children in KS1 have 10 words to learn each week, while children in KS2 have 20 words to learn. The test happens every Friday. The following Monday the marked test will be in your child’s book bag for you to review.

Writing

This term we are focussing on improving writing across the academy. Each Friday your child will bring home a writing task linked to what has been taught. The task will need to be returned on a Tuesday, enabling teachers to read the work and provide feedback.  

Mathletics

 

All children in Year 1 to 6 are set Mathletics homework linked to what is being taught. This is set every Thursday evening. If your child does not have access to a computer or tablet which is connected to the internet please let your class teacher know .

Home Learning Projects

 

We continue with the class home learning projects. Many children produce spectacular sculptures and informative pieces of writing linked to their topics. We thank you for your support and value your input.

Timetables

Your child needs to know all their times tables (up to the 12 times table) by the end of Year 4. In Years 5 and 6 they will be moving onto much more complicated concepts, such as multiplying and dividing using four-digit numbers, plus problem-solving involving fractions and percentages. It is therefore vital that they enter Year 5 really confident in all their times tables.

 

Below is the order we teach the times tables at the academy.

 

 x10  x5  x2  x4  x8  x3  x6  x9  x7

 

Alongside learning their times tables, it is vital that children learn the division facts for each times table (for example: division facts for the 3 x table are: 6 ÷ 3 = 2, 9 ÷ 3 = 3, 12 ÷ 4 = 3).

Additional homework

The academy provides revision guides for the children in Year 2 and Year 6 to help them prepare for their end of Key Stage statutory assessments. Each week the class teacher sets homework from this guide for your child to complete. We ask that parents monitor this homework. We need to see the revision guides each Friday in their book bags.