Homework Support Pre-Prep

Homework Support From Home

Homework is an important part of involving parents in their child’s learning and we work hard to ensure that there are good links between home and school. In the Pre-Prep, teachers communicate with parents via a Reading Diary which is used to record reading both at home and school.  Every half term a letter informs parents of the topics covered in school.

Parents are asked to hear their child read every day throughout the Pre-Prep, as we believe strongly that reading forms a vital building block to learning.  To help unlock the door to a world of words, children in Reception take home key words and synthetic phonic cards.  This additional practice supports the learning to read process.  In addition, maths packs are sent home too and parents are encouraged to support their children by playing maths games with them.

In Year 1, parents are informed weekly of the Literacy focus – Keyword spellings, Phonics sounds and Handwriting patterns.  The same also takes place in Numeracy – the Maths focus.  We suggest websites to parents which they might like to explore with their child.

Year 2’s receive weekly spelling which they are encouraged to learn at home.  The words follow a spelling pattern being taught in school.  Each week the learning objective in maths is sent home, via the reading record, and children are encouraged to practice some maths at home in a fun and stimulating way.

In Year 1 and Year 2, at Parents’ Evening in the Autumn, teachers hand out flyers which provide ideas for practical activities in both literacy and numeracy which can be enjoyed at home.  These activities are designed to be enjoyable for the family to take part in together.

Homework Policy – Upper Prep

An approximate guide to the amount of homework is as follows: – Year 3 – 20/30 minutes, Year 4 – 30 minutes and Year 5 and 6 – 40 minutes.

It is not possible to set work which will take each child an equal amount of time. However, if you find that an excessive amount of time is consistently being spent on homework, do please contact your child’s form teacher. Each child in the Prep School has a homework diary in which they should enter the work set each night. This should be signed by parents at the end of the week. The diary is an important line of communication between home and school and we would recommend that it is checked on a daily basis by parents.