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Home Learning (Homework)

Good support from home can make a real difference to children's progress in learning.  After social and ecomomic factors research has shown that parental engagement is the next most significant factor effecting attainment.  At St Mary's we beleive that this input can take many forms.  On no account, however, should it be onerous or impede on quality family life.  If you are finding home learning causes stress and anxiety at home, please speak to us as we will be able to help with this.

Many teachers have included homework on their class pages under learning.  Here are few things all children can do:

Language, Literacy and Communication

Engaging children in discussion of all kinds is enormously beneficial.  Through talk, children try out language and vocabulary.

It is good for all children to read and be read to.  All pupils at St Mary's should read at home every day.  Younger pupils will have a reading book and lists of words and sounds to practice.  Older children may enjoy reading on their own, but through sharing and talking about books they will develop the crucial comprehension skills of inference, deduction and retrieval.  It has also been shown that children who read and enjoy books do better with writing.

Teachers will set age appropriate spellings to learn.  The frequency of this will depend on the class and Key Stage.


Maths at St Mary's is taught through a mastery approach.  This means becoming fluent with key concepts and skills and then practising and applying them to a range of different contexts.

You can really help your child's maths development at any age by encouraging them to use their maths skills in everyday life: shopping and cooking are ideal ways to apply knowledge of number and measures.

Younger children need to practise counting and recognising numbers in different forms.  Once this is secure, children can practise counting in different intervals: 2s, 5s, 10s and then move on to learning the multiplication tables.  The expectation is that, by the end of Year 4, children will have mastered all of them up to 12x12....but there is always room for practise!

Wider Curriculum

Taking children out into the world to experience different places is a brilliant way to expand children's horizons and develop their imagination.  This  doesn't need to be costly.  Children get a lot from a simple walk in the countryside and quality conversation with adults.  Quite apart from this there are great health benefits to be gained from getting out of doors and spending time away from computer screens.

Teachers will often suggest things that can be done to support learning in a particular topic.  Some classes use a learning log.  Please see the class page under learning for informaiton on topics and topic home learning.

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