At Oakwood we ensure that there are good links between home and school. We believe encouraging pupils to engage in small amounts of work at home increases their confidence, independence and love of learning. Homework in the Pre-Prep should not be time consuming and should just be a short, relaxed time reinforcing the core skills being learned at school.
In the Pre-Prep, teachers communicate with parents via a Reading Diary/Record which is used to record reading both at home and school. Parents are asked to hear their child read every day throughout the Pre-Prep, as we believe strongly that reading forms the vital building blocks to learning. Parents are informed on the topics and subject areas covered in school via the Curriculum Overview published each term on the website.
To help children unlock the door to a world of words, the children in Reception take home key words and phonic cards. This additional practice supports the learning to read process. In addition, maths packs are sent home and parents are encouraged to support their children by playing maths games with them. Once the children are established in their full time school routine, we encourage them to explore their focus topic with creative 'take home' projects that can be shared at school.
In Year 1, parents are informed weekly of the Literacy focus – 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 2s receive weekly spelling which they are encouraged to learn at home. The words follow a spelling pattern being taught in school. Each week maths homework is set to further cement work done during lessons.
We are always delighted to see children independently decide to complete additional work when their imagination takes hold and we celebrate and reward these endeavours.