Westfield Junior School is not a school at which homework dominates home and school life. We believe that besides homework, there are many more things that can improve child's performance in school, such as having dinner with their families, exercising, or getting a good night's sleep. We therefore have a ‘less is more’ approach to homework allowing children to enjoy their childhood.
Regular reading is vital. This may be sharing a book, reading aloud, or listening to a story.
This is the most important number skill that children can learn and practise at home. Once children know their multiplication tables, they will be able to understand many other mathematical concepts and calculations.
In the table below are the National Curriculum times tables expectations for each year group. The children will be tested on their times tables regularly in school.
|Expectations for multiplication tables in each year group|
|Year 1||Count in multiples of 2, 5 and 10. Recall and use all doubles to 10 and corresponding halves.|
|Year 2||Recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables|
|Year 3||Recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 3, 4 and 8 multiplication tables|
|Year 4||Recall and use multiplication and division facts for multiplication tables up to 12x12|
|Year 5||Revision of all times tables and division facts up to 12x12|
|Year 6||Revision of all times tables and division facts up to 12x12|
Spelling is an important skill. The word-lists for years 3 and 4 and years 5 and 6 are statutory. The lists are a mixture of words pupils frequently use in their writing and those which they often misspell. Some of the listed words may be thought of as quite challenging, but the 100 words in each list can easily be taught within the four years of key stage 2 alongside other words that teachers consider appropriate.
Children may be asked to find out about areas of the curriculum that they are studying.
Knowledge Organisers are a summary of the key facts and essential knowledge that pupils need about a unit of work or a curriculum subject. Pupils may be asked to recall key facts and essential knowledge from their Knowledge Organisers.
By the time children reach Year 6, their homework may cover a wide range of tasks and curriculum content, including revision in readiness for end of Key Stage 2 SATS. This approach will benefit their learning and also ensure that, in relation to homework as much as to other aspects, pupils are secondary school ready.
50 things to do before you’re 11¾
At Westfield Junior School, we strongly advocate getting children closer to nature. We therefore promote the National Trust’s ’50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ activity list. From making a home for wildlife to cooking on a campfire, we want children to get out in the fresh air and enjoy outdoor activities with family and friends.
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