Supporting your child's learning at home
Parents may be interested to know that a vast range of supporting software is freely available for use while your child is attending a London school. The website is my.uso.im which may be accessed using your child's username and password. Children should be very familiar with these usernames and passwords.
A login screen initially appears, into which your child should enter their details. This brings you to a screen displaying a library of software in addition to an Our Lady of Grace Library tab. Click on either tab and filter the results by KS2. You may be particularly interested in a program called Maths at Home which runs videos explaining how Maths is often approached in KS2.
If you have any difficulties accessing this site, do not hesitate to contact the school.
Why do we give homework?
Homework is an important part of a child's learning. It helps reinforce concepts learnt in school and provides an opportunity for parents/carers to see what is being learnt and how a child is progressing.
Maths and English homework is set every week, in addition children are asked to read every night and write in their reading record.(see details below). Children may also be given spellings and times tables to learn and weekend homework, which is often topic or RE based and may include research.
Full details of your child's homework timetable will be found on the individual class pages.
What are the expectations for homework?
All children are expected to complete their homework on time and parents/carers are expected to support the school with this. If children do not complete their homework on time or to the required standard on a regular basis then the school will contact the parents/carers. If there is a particular reason why the child was unable to complete their homework, please write a note for the class teacher explaining the reason.
While it is important for an adult to supervise a child while they are doing their homework, the work should be completed by the child, not the adult. It is perfectly acceptable to help your child with some of the more difficult areas but if they are unable to complete most of the work without help then you should speak to the class teacher.
We recommend children start their homework on the first day it is given, so that if they have difficulty they have time to ask the teacher before the day it is due in.
Ways to help your child
We understand that methods used to teach Maths are very different from those taught years ago. The school's calculation policy outlines the methods used by each year group to add, subtract, divide and multiply (see Maths page under the curriculum section). There are also some short videos that outline these methods available. If you require any further clarification on any methods please ask the class teacher. We also highly recommend attending the annual Maths Night which will help you help your child further.
There is further information about the expectations for each year group in Maths on the maths page which can be found under Curriculum.
For the videos of the methods used to multiply and divide in Year 5 and 6 please click here
It is essential that your child knows their times tables as they will help with their mental maths skills and also in their written work. Some children find learning times tables difficult and the best way to learn is by regular practice. Please help your child by encouraging and supporting them with their times tables. There are loads of really helpful websites for this which are shown below.
Do they need to show their working?
Children should always be encouraged to show their working, it is the working that allows a teacher to identify where a child went wrong, if the answer is not correct.
Sentence Level Work
Children are often given work related to grammar and punctuation. This work is designed to help them practise these all important skills. Sometimes the work will be done on a sheet and at other times in a homework book. Your child will be advised of where to do the work when it is set.
Children in all year groups are regularly given comprehension work. The child first needs to read the text carefully, it sometimes helps to have them read the text to a parent/carer. Next they should answer the questions fully. It is essential to use evidence from the text when answering questions and they should be answered using full sentences. Encourage the children to fully explain their answers.
All children are expected to read daily and then write in their Reading Record. These are regularly checked by a member of staff. When reading with your child, it is important to question them about what they have read. This helps show whether or not they have understood what they are reading. The first skill of reading is decoding the words and letters and most children at the school are able to do this; however it is by regular reading and questioning that their inference and comprehension skills will improve and it is these skillls that they will require to become an effective reader.
A laminated list of questions was sent out earlier in the Autumn Term to help you with reading with your child. It can be found below. Please encourage your child to use this list when writing entries in their reading record. It is not sufficient merely to write about what they have read each day or copy sections of text from the book into their reading record.
Weekend homework is usually topic or RE based. If it is research into a particular area, the children will often be provided with a list of suitable websites. It is important for the children to write out their research in their own words rather than just copying directly from the website. That way the teacher knows that the children have understood the subject. Advice on keeping your child safe when using the internet can be found in the leaflet below. If you do not have access to the internet, children should be encouraged to use libraries for their research. There is sometimes an option for children without the internet to use the ICT suite on a Friday lunchtime for weekend research homework, depending on staff availability to supervise.
If the work is RE based, then we would always encourage you to talk to your child about the homework as it is a great opportunity to share your faith with your children.