Year 6 Home Learning
Home learning in Year 6
You will find that in Year 6 your child's home learning will look a little different to the rest of the school. The children will no longer receive a 'home learning menu' to complete over a half term. Instead, they will be given specific worksheets to complete each week. These will usually be a piece of maths, reading comprehension, grammar and spelling (based on our learning from the week). We feel it is important in Year 6 for children to revisit our learning objectives from the week at home, to help prepare them for their SATs tests and to gently introduce them to the greater quantity of homework they will receive at secondary school.
To help the children to stay organised with their home learning, they will be given a homework diary at the beginning of the year. We expect the children to write in their diaries every day - particularly for recording what homework they have, and their home reading. There are also sections in the diary where the children can write things they need to remember for school each day (for example, PE kits, musical instruments or home learning). Mrs Bunting will check their diaries as often as possible, and the children are rewarded for good diaries. The children are likely to receive something similar to our homework diaries when they move on to secondary school, so again we hope this helps the children to get into good organisational habits ready for Year 7.
Spring Term Home Learning
As we get closer to approaching SATs, we will increase the amount of home learning that the children receive. Beginning in January, the children will be given a copy of CGP's '10 minute test' workbooks for reading, maths and grammar. We will ask the children to complete one test from each book each week, which we will mark together as a class. If you as a parent would like a copy of the answers to the tests, please leave a note in your child's homework diary, and we will provide this for you.
Further to this, later on in the term we will loan the children CGP revision guides and workbooks to help the children with their revision. They should choose areas of learning they are unsure of, read the appropriate section of the revision guide and then work through the questions in the revision guide. We expect children to guide their own learning and choose what they would like to do independently - but we will help to guide them on their areas of weakness, and we will check what they have been doing each week. This will be in addition to their usual home learning and 10 minute tests. Please note that these books are reused each year - so please make sure that your child does not write in them! We can provide paper for them to work on if necessary.
What else can my child do at home to help their learning?
One word: read! Reading for pleasure is by far the most important thing your child needs to be doing at home. Multiple research studies have shown that children who enjoy reading at home do better at school. Research studies have shown that children who read at home do better at school. According to research, reading for pleasure helps to develop children's vocabulary, spelling and comprehension skills. Research also suggests that is helps their cognitive development and even their maths skills! We do not care what children read - as long as they are enjoying reading. They can read fiction, non-fiction, newspapers, blogs - whatever! We expect children in Year 6 to read for at least 20 minutes at home every day, this can be with you or independently.
If you look to the left, you should see a link called 'Year 6 Maths Revision'. This should lead you to a PDF download which includes lots of old SATs maths questions (organised by topic and as a diary - so children can do one each day). On most questions you will find links you YouTube videos which show children how to answer the questions.
The children also have log-in details for the maths programmes 'Mathletics' and 'Times Table Rockstars', which they should be familiar with.
My child is struggling with their home learning - what should I do?
Firstly - please do not worry! For the most part, we give all the children the same home learning each week, which means some children will find it more difficult than others. This is to prepare them for working up to the standard of the SATs tests in May.
If your child is having trouble with their home learning, and you are unable to help, please encourage your child to come and see me before the home learning is due in. I will try my best to find time to sit with your child and go through the work with them before Friday.
Each week, after we have marked the work together, I check each child's work to see how they have got on. If they have had particular trouble with something this is a good opportunity for your child to speak to me. If I am concerned with how your child is getting on with their home learning I will speak to you about this.