Home Learning

Across school, the purpose of home learning is to enable pupils to make maximum progress in their academic and social development. The expectation is that 30 minutes should be spent on home learning each week along with 15 minutes reading each night.  Reading (for all year groups), Maths (Reception to year 6) and Spelling (Reception to year 6) are compulsory but the other elements of our home learning (including on-line) are optional. Please see the table below for the expectation across the year groups:

 ReadingSpellingMathsOptional
Nursery In Nursery, parents can come into class and change books with their children each week.
ReceptionReading books are changed weekly. Please bring in reading books and the Reading Record every day.Phonics Sound Books are taken home daily for practise and bought in daily. From January, a weekly maths challenge is sent home on a Friday.Bug Club (online)
Y1-Y6Reading books changed weekly following the ‘book band’ system. Please bring books in every day with the Reading Record.

Once children are off the book bands they free-read and no longer need to bring in their Reading Records
In Year 1, children continue with their sound books.

Spellings are sent home every half term. These are sent as a printed version and electronically.
As with spelling, each half term we send home maths facts for fluency practise. These are sent as a printed version and electronically.Creative Writing Book – for any writing at home.

POWer Projects – projects linked to the class topic.

MyMaths (online)

Bug Club (online)
Y6 onlyAdditional to reading, spelling and maths facts: Revision booklets from January

The table above is an overview of the whole-school expectations; occasionally there may be whole-school home learning linked to a topic or a theme. Also, your child’s teacher may give you a personalised home learning pack to concentrate on something specific. As ever, if you have any questions please do come and ask.


Support  for Bug Club and MyMaths:

Bug Club Trouble Shooting Guide

Bug Club – Parent Letter

MyMaths – Parent Letter

If you are using a Mac or iPad, please access MyMaths through the free Puffin Academy app on iTunes.

Home Learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage:

Here are some of the activities you can do with your children at home which have a huge impact on children’s readiness to learn and their attainment in school.

  • Reading story books and sharing books together.
  • Playing games together and playing with letter sounds and numbers.
  • Singing songs and rhymes.
  • Talking, talking and more talking.
  • Drawing, painting and craft activities.
  • Lots of physical activity including helping with the cleaning! The arm movements that children use when sweeping and wiping surfaces help develop the muscles needed to control a pencil.
  • Play dates with friends.
  • Getting out and about; trips to the park, shops, whatever the weather! The experience of being out and about in all weathers encourages a range of activities; jumping in puddles, collecting leaves, making a snowman etc and stimulates conversations.