Raunds Park Infants believe that homework has the following main purposes:
We believe that the best way parents and carers can help their child progress well at school is by hearing them read every day, reading books to them and encouraging children to have a love of reading. Becoming a confident and fluent reader really is the key to unlocking learning in other curriculum areas. We therefore expect children to read at home at least 5 times a week.
In the Foundation Stage children begin their journey towards learning to read by learning letter sounds and learning how to blend. This is a skill that needs to be practised regularly, again at least 5 times a week. Children move onto then using these skills in their reading books. We also send home number pots to help reinforce number skills and other out of school learning linked to the topic.
In Key Stage One children are given other types of homework designed to support their learning. Children are asked to practice their spellings for a weekly spelling test. Children will have a family challenge book where challenges are set every term. These challenges are linked to the Cornerstone’s unit being taught. Generally these are open-ended and can be completed and recorded in various ways. Children who complete a challenge earn 10 team points for their team! We hope that children will all complete at least one challenge per term. Maths homework is given using Abacus on-line homework system and children are encouraged to play these games at home when they can as they really help reinforce the concepts taught.
The school offers a Homework Club on Tuesdays from 3.15 - 4.00 for parents and children to come to if they would rather complete homework in school. A teacher will be there each week to answer any questions about the homework or provide guidance on how best to help your child.