Homework

We consider the purpose of homework to be to give children the opportunity to consolidate, reinforce and extend the learning that takes place in school, and to practise skills; to help them see the relevance of what they learn at school in real contexts; to encourage, motivate and increasingly develop the self-discipline to learn and to develop an effective partnership between home and school.

Homework consists principally of activities such as:

  • reading at home
  • learning spellings and multiplication tables
  • practising handwriting
  • practising a new Maths strategy or playing Maths games
  • collecting data or finding out information, sometimes relating to a topic being covered in school

Reading on a daily basis is also expected.  Reading aloud with an adult is important throughout the primary years. Even if your child is a fluent reader, having a discussion about the story (for example, the characters’ personalities and actions, the ‘wow words’ used by the author) is a valuable way to develop reading skills.

Helping at Home

As a parent or carer you can play a vital role in your child’s education, including homework.

You can look at your child’s year page which will tell you what topic your child is currently learning about.

Literacy

Probably the easiest way to help your child is to read each day. Children should be encouraged to read aloud and read on their own, but being read to is really important, too, so don’t overlook the bedtime story!

Sound pronunciation guide For F1, F2 and Y1  –  (link)

You can download a PDF below to help you know which word types will be used in each Year Group:
Word Types in each year group (pdf)

Grammar

Do you know the difference between the subject and the subjunctive? Can you identify a relative clause or find a phrase? From active voice to verb tense, you’ll find basic definitions of important primary-school grammar terms below:

Supporting Your Child at Home With Grammar Toolkit.

Examples of methods of teaching in class:

Mathematics

Parents / carers often say they are less confident about supporting their child with Maths. The first rule is: don’t suggest that Maths is less important than Literacy! Mental calculations, estimating, measuring and telling the time are important skills we use every day. Beware of saying in front of your child that you weren’t good at Maths at school – children might perceive this as you saying it’s OK to have these low expectations. If you’re not sure, please ask a teacher in school.

We follow Leeds guidance, and any teacher will be happy to give you a hard copy with some explanations and ideas for how to practise written calculations at home. Please take care not to confuse your child with methods that are not learnt in school.

You can download a PDF below that introduces the methods used in school:

Swillington School Maths Calculation Methods (pdf)
Progression in Calculations (pdf)

The following videos may also help:

Useful Links for Pupils

General

  • BBC Bitesize – KS2 -This is a great website to help you with your maths, literacy or science…fun packed with games and activities.
  • The Kids learning page-Here you can click onto your Year Group and take part in lots of maths, literacy and even memory games.
  • National Geographic Kids-Have a look at this amazing website fun packed with games and activities to help you with your science and geography learning.

Literacy

  • Spelling Games-Here you will find a brilliant website to help your spelling.
  • Oxford Owl: Oxford Owl is an award-winning free website with 250 FREE tablet-friendly eBooks and activities to help you support children’s learning. Now it is even better, with dedicated areas for school and for home.

Mathematics

Below is a list of other websites which have similar games and activities which can be accessed for free. You can still record in homework books when an activity has been completed in order to earn homework points.

  • Primary Homework Help (Woodland Primary)
  • Sumdog: Sumdog’s educational games are used in thousands of schools worldwide. They motivate children to work on maths, reading and writing
  • Primary Games: Games suitable for Primary School children
  • Maths Zone: Maths Games
  • Primary Games Arena: Maths Games
  • Top Marks: Maths Games
  • Maths is Fun: Maths Games
  • Math Playground: Thinking Blocks teaches students how to model and solve math word problems.
  • Hit The Button: Hit the Button is an interactive maths game with quick fire questions on number bonds, times tables, doubling and halving, multiples, division facts and square numbers. The games which are against the clock challenge and develop a child’s mental maths skills.
  • Timestable Practice: Online Multiplication Practice
  • What 2 Learn: Fishy times tables! Underwater times tables is a fun way to practice your multiplication skills. Test yourself on the tables in normal or random order. Alternatively, test your times tables knowledge against others in our NEW multiplayer zone!
  • Mad 4 Maths: Times Table games
  • www.ictgames.com/resources.html: Key stage 1
  • My Mini Maths: Key Stage 2 (*with daily activities)

If you are having trouble downloading the documents, you can download pdf reader here.