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Homework Expectations

At Croyland Primary School, we believe that homework should complement and consolidate what your child has been learning in the classroom. This year we have trialled a new task based homework from year 1-5 where children can choose the activity they wish to complete each week, these activities are maths, literacy or 'experience activities'. The experience activities are desgined for you to spend qualtiy time with your children but also still completing learning. This homework is given out at the beginning of each term and at least one activity should be completed each week. If you or your child has any further questions, the class teacher will be happy to answer any questions or offer support BEFORE the deadline.

On your child's homework you will also find a creative project. This will be done seperate from the other homework and can be completed throughout the term, to be handed in on the specified date. 

Please take a look through the homework tab to find photos of some of the fantastic homework projects that have taken place throughout this year. 

Parents/carers and pupils will ensure:

  • Homework is completed weekly – it will be given out on a Friday and due in on the following Wednesday.
  • The teacher is informed in advance if their child is unable to complete the homework.
  • Homework books are treated with respect – they are school work books and should be treated as such. Graffiti is not acceptable.
  • Children should take pride in their homework and complete it to the best of their ability.
  • All homework should be neatly presented.
  • Whenever possible an adult will check that homework has been completed and make a comment on it when it is finished.
  • Children should write in black pen or pencil - NOT felt tip pens or colouring pencils. Drawings should be completed in pencil.
  • Children will ask for help or attend homework club (Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday after school).

Teachers will ensure:

  • Homework is sent home every Friday. 
  • Children without access to a computer at home attend the lunchtime club or after school club in order to complete the activities if required.
  • All homework completed and handed in on time (every Wednesday) will be marked, in line with the school’s marking policy, and a comment made where appropriate.
  • Children are praised when they have completed tasks to the best of their abilities.
  • Each week a child will be recognised and rewarded for particular effort in their homework and their work will be displayed outside the classrooms.
  • Children are reminded to attend homework club if they need help or have not completed a piece of homework.

Homework – Any Questions?

If you have any questions or feedback about homework then please feel free to make an appointment to either meet me or arrange a telephone call.

Your continued support with homework is greatly appreciated!

Miss Cragg

Key Stage 1 - Reading Prompts

Effective questioning really helps develop a child’s reading skills and understanding of what they have read. Below are some examples of prompts to use when your child is reading to you.  Please feel free to ask your child’s class teacher or Mrs Shorthose if you require further help or advice with your child’s reading.

To help with general reading skills:

  • Look carefully at the first letter
  • Sound it out (simple words)
  • Does that say ‘my’?  Look at it again.
  • How do you know it says...... (You are wanting him to look at the word and tell you what letters/sounds within the word enable him to work it out).
  • What else tells you that word says eg ‘cat’? (ie ‘c-a-t’  rather than just ‘c’ )
  • Use your picture clues to help you
  • Does that make sense? 
  • What do you think it could be?
  • Check it with the picture clue...are you right? How do you know?
  • Does that look right? Check it!
  • What else could you say to make it sound right?
  • Are you right?  Tell me how you know you are right?
  • You know that word!
  • Run your finger under the word and say it slowly,

To check comprehension:

  • Tell me the story in your own words
  • Where does it say…….. in the text
  • How do we know……..        
  • How do you think she feels?                  
  • Why did that happen?
  • What do you think will happen next?  AND any other questions you feel relevant!

When a child is learning to read, let them get on with it and keep chatter to a minimum until they have finished reading.  After they have read, always praise at least one good thing, and then discuss just a couple of mistakes only.  It’s best not to keep interrupting a child to correct them as this can be affect their understanding of what they have read.  Finally, it’s fine to sit back and let a child struggle over a word…..if they have solved a problem independently; they are more likely to remember that next time.

Key Stage 2 – Reading Prompts  

Effective prompting/questioning really helps develop a child’s understanding of what they have read, and is particularly important as texts become more complex. Below are some examples of prompts to use when your child is reading to you.  Please could you ask your child a couple of these sorts of questions each time they read to you, and obviously vary the questions each time.  Please feel free to ask your child’s class teacher or Mrs Shorthose if you require further help or advice with your child’s reading.                  

Character /Plot Questions

  1. What did the character mean when they said…….?
  2. Why is the character surprised/angry/excited/scared etc?
  3. How do you think this character feels about ‘X’’s actions/words?
  4. Explain why the character responded like he did to ….. (an action/event).
  5. What clues are there in the story to show how the character feels?
  6. What do you think that character thinks of this character?
  7. How did the writer make you think this?
  8. In the story/poem, ‘X’ is mentioned.  Why?
  9. Can you describe different character’ reactions to the same event?
  10. Who is the ‘voice’ in the text?  What happens if we change the ’voice’?
  11. What do you think his motive for doing/saying that is?  How do you know?
  12. What would you have done differently and why?
  13. What do you think will happen because of a character’s actions/thoughts?

Text & Language Questions

  1. Why do you think a character/setting/event is important?
  2. Think about this passage, what is the atmosphere like before and after the event?
  3. Which words, phrases or punctuation create this?  Do you think the writer has been successful?
  4. The writer says  ‘.....’.  What other words or phrases could the writer have used?
  5. What do you think the writer means by ’x’?
  6. Which words do you think are most important in this sentence/paragraph/poem?
  7. Has the writer succeeded in creating the scent/mood/theme/making you feel happy/sad etc?
  8. Why has the information been presented this way?
  9. What does …….. tell you about …….?
  10. What is the author’s opinion of …….?
  11. Can you think of another story/author like this?
  12. Are there any words that are special to this subject?
  13. (For non - fiction) Are you interested in this subject? How does the author make you more or less interested?