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Home Learning - Owls


This week's Home Learning:

Date set: Friday 15th September

Home Learning Journal: to be completed by Monday 25th September 

  As we are focusing on our reading at school we would like you to present information on a book you have read and enjoyed recently.

You could create a scene from the story; write a book review;make a model of a character; create a story map or maybe design a new front cover with blurb- just be creative.

Reading: At least 20 minutes a day. 

Mathletics: Log on to www.mathletics.co.uk to find your personalised homework.

 Spellings for test on Thursday 21st September

In class the children are revising the  ing  verb ending. This week’s spellings require them to double the consonant before adding ing. E.g. skip – skipping

  1. skipping
  2. clapping
  3. hopping
  4. shopping
  5. humming
  6. planning
  7. running  

  plus 3 tricky words we are using in class this week:

  8. colour

  9. colouring

  10. use

   Times Tables for test on Thursday 21st September

This week the children's times table test will be based on the two times table. There are 3 levels of challenge (for more details, see the General Information below)

MILD Medium Spicy

Learning the 2 times table in order.


1 x 2 =

2 x 2 =

3 x 2 =

Up  to 12 x 2

Learning the 2 times table out of order.


3 x 2 =

7 x 2 =

5 x 2 =  

As Medium but including missing number problems.


 ___ x 2 = 18

12 = ___ x 2

Extra Challenge:

Can you double any 2 digit number?

E.g.  37 x 2        (double 30 = 60

                            double 7 = 14

                           60 + 14 = 74)


Key Stage 2 Home Learning  -  General Information

In Key Stage 2 we will be setting home learning tasks each week in reading, spelling and maths. Home learning tasks will be set on Fridays, posted on our class webpage.

Reading: Every day (minimum 20 minutes)

Spelling: One activity a week

Times Tables: One activity a week

Mathletics: 2 or 3 activities a week

I will talk to the children about their €˜home learning€™ each week so that they know what they are doing. Some times the activities will be revising a concept, sometimes the activities will be practising something we are currently learning, sometimes the activities will be extending their learning.

Reading: At Houghton Primary School we ask that the children read every day at home. Your child can read their book from school (usually their Accelerated Reader book) or a book from home. If they read a book from home they may be able to quiz on it in school if it is on the Accelerated Reader system. We can check for them in school.

How much the children read each day will vary. Some children will happily read for an hour, most for less. We would like all children to read for a minimum of 20 minutes a day to build on the reading that we do with them in school. The children will record the books they have read in their Reading Diaries. There is nothing to €˜hand in€™. I will monitor the children€™s reading progress through their work with them in reading activities/lessons in school, through the regular structured reading conversations that I have with children and through the children's outcomes and €˜engaged reading times€™ on the Accelerated Reader programme which I check weekly.

Spelling: I will be setting spelling as a home learning task each week.They do not need to €˜hand in any €˜work€" in to school. I will find out how they have got on with their spelling home learning when I test them on spelling, €“ usually on Thursdays. I will send their marked test home so that you can see how they have got on.

Times Tables: I will be setting activities relating to times tables as a home learning task each week. There will be 3 levels of times table task: Mild, Medium and Spicy. The children will work on one of the activities. I will guide them about which level to choose. Again, they do not need to hand in€ any €work€ in to school. I will find out how they have got on with their times tables home learning when I test them,€ usually on Thursdays. I will send their marked test home so that you can see how they have got on.

Mathletics: I will set 3 activities a week which will need to be completed by the following Thursday.

Home Learning Journals

Every fortnight we will set the children a task which they will have a week to complete. The work will come home on a Friday and they will be expected to return this by the following Thursday.

We want the children to approach each activity in as creative a manner as possible. For example they could include booklets, lift out flaps, use collage techniques or computers to actually have fun and enjoy completing the work set in a way which interests them.

The children will still be expected to engage in their daily reading and Mathletics work, and will also continue to be assessed in their spelling and number work as normal.

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