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Year 1 Home Learning

Homework is given to support and reinforce the learning acquired in school. The following information describes ways in which you can support your child, especially with reading.

Numeracy and Literacy homework is set on a weekly basis. It is given out on a Tuesday and returned the following Monday.

Children take their reading folders home every day. Children should read and discuss their reading books every day at home. Could you please ensure that your child brings his/her reading folder every day and that it is signed to show that the book has been read.

In the past we have found that a dedicated reading time every day has worked best. Although Year 1 children will become increasingly independent in their own reading it is still very important that children have the opportunity to listen to adults read as often as possible.

a) Please listen to your child reading aloud from the reading books we send home, also encourage them to read a whole range of reading material…such as library books, story books you have at home, signs in the street, labels in the supermarket, etc. Language is all around us.

b) Make reading an enjoyable experience. If your child is too tired, or finding it a chore, don’t force them… read to them instead, or read a page each, talk about the pictures, or discuss what they think will happen next.

c) Sometimes your child may bring home a book that you may consider too easy. Remember ENJOYMENT is the key. He/she will enjoy reading an easier book fluently and gain a greater sense of achievement. Please be aware that your child may be reading fluently, however reading is more than just decoding (sounding out the words) To be a fluent reader a child needs to understand what they have read, therefore it is very important to discuss the story with them and question them about the story and characters. Discussing any pictures also helps to develop understanding.

d) Encourage children to read a variety of fiction (story books) and non-fiction (information books)

e) Also encourage your child to discuss what they have read and to retell the story in their own words, and answer questions about the text.

Every week a list of spelling words and mental/oral Maths concepts are also sent home for the children to learn.

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it