Homework and Digital Platform Learning
We have reviewed our homework approach to support all pupils to practise their school learning at home and have tried hard to simplify our homework expectations to enable pupils to be more independent at home.
We hope this information will help support your child and you in their home learning, please see your child's teacher if you have any questions or need further information.
Most importantly, have fun together!
Our minimal expectations for homework weekly, are as follows;
To read at least four times a week at home and record in their reading records. This includes reading their phonics book and banded reading book. This can also include being read to by an adult, for example a bedtime story.
To access the MathShed*and practise mental arithmetic games to support mathematical fluency. There may also be tasks/assignments added by the class teachers for pupils to access and complete.
To access the SpellingShed/PhonicsShed* and practise spelling based games. There may also be tasks/assignments added by the class teachers for pupils to access and complete.
* Please note you do not need to download the EdShed apps to access the games/platforms as this may have a cost, so it is optional.
Optional - Curriculum enrichment activities
All pupils have access to PurpleMash to explore various curriculum areas and enrich their computing curriculum learning outside of school. Termly, the year group newsletter shares all the learning that is taking place in school and pupils may wish to enhance this learning at home, e.g. going on an autumn walk to hunt for signs of autumn if they have been learning about seasonal changes in school.
Digital Platform Learning
Every child will have their own individualised login for Edshed and Purple Mash, both of which should be kept in their red reading folder inside their bookbag at all times. Your child will be set regular homework challenges and other challenges on both platforms, so please check them regularly and encourage your child to use them to gain points coward the whole class target and leaderboards.
All of these are used within school, teachers have access and can see how your child is getting on for all these platforms.
The schemes on EdShed - Spelling Shed and Maths Shed are online schemes that help children to practise spelling and maths facts from lessons in school through games online at school and at home. Spelling Shed and Maths Shed help children to practise spelling and maths in simple, fun games. It gives four different degrees of support in the form of difficulty modes: easy, medium, hard and extreme. Higher levels allow a higher score to be achieved but children can practise as much as they like on lower levels before trying to gain high scores. The scores achieved give a league position and each class has its own league position within a school league and a world league.
To begin with, the children will have the opportunity to explore the games and have a go on the different areas that are available. Over the next few weeks, your child’s teacher will begin to set assignments that allows the children to practise specific areas of spelling and maths at home. Assignments will include sets of words in Spelling Shed that your child is learning or requires further practice on. The teacher will monitor your child’s progress and adapt the lists as necessary. The online games and assignments will supplement the daily spelling/phonics lessons your child will receive in school.
Purple Mash is a whole world of fun and exciting learning opportunities in one safe, online space. Purple Mash is a comprehensive suite of online learning tools and content, designed for children aged 3 to 11 in the classroom and at home. Purple Mash supports learning through its resources, games and creative tools, tailored to the school curriculum; everything from core subjects such as maths, reading, writing and phonics, to all the other topics learnt in school.
Important Safety Notice
Please note that the logins should be stored securely in your child’s red reading folder inside their book bag and never shared with any older siblings or anyone else. Should the security of your child’s log-in be compromised, please see your child’s teacher so this can be reissued.
As we always advocate, please supervise your child when online and talk about online safety. They should now be familiar with the SMART acronym that we teach in school to help us stay safe online.
Teachers will check and monitor usage on each child’s account to ensure that they are being used correctly.