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At Epping Primary we believe that homework is an essential part of your child's learning. Sharing their learning at home with you supports and encourages them to achieve more.
Changes to Homework at Epping Primary
From feedback over the last 2 years we reviewed our homework policy in September 2018 and made some changes. We have moved more towards practise and mastery of the basic core skills.
Homework is not compulsory at primary school but, in order to support your child with their
learning, parents/carers are requested to purchase the homework books for children in years 4, 5 and 6.
Homework is as follows:
Years 1, 2 and 3
Reading, number bonds, times tables and spellings – spellings will consist of common exception words and spelling patterns.
We use the Letterjoin software in school for years 1 to 3, pupils can also use this at home. Please see your Class Teacher if you do not have a log in
Years 4, 5 and 6
Reading, times tables and spelling – spellings from the spelling list in the reading journals as
well and half termly lists of spelling patterns.
We have now started to use the Letterjoin software in school for years 4 to 6, pupils can also use this at home. Please see your Class Teacher if you do not have a log in.
Years 4, 5 and 6
CGP - Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling, Reading Comprehension and Maths targeted work
How homework is set:
All homework is posted regularly on Class Dojo. So, if you are not yet signed up to Class
Dojo please do so as soon as possible. See your child’s teacher for your activation code.
Teachers post on Class Dojo which pages to complete each week. This homework should not be returned to school to be marked or looked at, although your child's teacher will be available to discuss if your child has issues with the homework.
For Maths, Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling the answers are at the back of the book. For Reading Comprehension, the answers are posted on Class Dojo.
Please inform your child’s teacher if your child encounters any problems with their homework.
CGP BooksBelow is a list of the books you will need in Years 4, 5 and 6.
The books are available online, from most booksellers or (cheapest of all!) from the school. If you'd like to buy the books from school please return the attached form with a cheque made payable to Epping Primary School.
Helping the Homework Habit
Thoughts and tips from pupils, parents/carers and teachers to help you help your child work well at home. Leaflet: Helping the Homework Habit.
Supporting Learning at Home
The information below is for parents/carers to support their children and to give parents/carers an idea of what their child can do and how to help them.
Reading with your child is very important, and asking questions about what they are reading is a great way to aid their understanding and learning. We have produced some helpful questions to use when reading with your child. We hope you find it interesting and useful.
Below is a selection of books that teachers from each year group have chosen as recommended reads. Some are books used in class, some are good quality texts and some are non-fiction.
It is not an expectation that children read of all them but suggestions should they be stuck for a good book to buy or borrow from the library.
This document has key number facts in maths that children need to know.
Key Instant Recall Facts - for Years 1-6, one for each half term.
To improve and develop times tables proficiency we follow an awards scheme for the pupils to aim towards.
In order to achieve an award, they will have to complete a timed test showing their knowledge of certain times tables with a high degree of accuracy.
As they progress through each award they will receive a certificate.
When pupils achieve the gold award they will receive a badge they can wear on their uniform. Pupils will be given an opportunity to take the test every 2 weeks and will be able to see their scores progress if they do not move up to the next level.
In order to help your child learn their times tables there are lots of ways we would suggest. Firstly, there are lots of different websites and apps such as multiplication.com which will help. You Tube also has lots of catchy multiplication songs. Games such as matching pairs, using playing cards, rolling dice and quizzes all help pupils learn these key facts. Pupils should know the multiplication and division facts i.e. 4x5=20, 20÷5=4.
Parent/Carer Curriculum Workshop 2017
Last academic year we held a workshop about the current maths and English curriculum. The slides from the presentation can be found here: