Home Learning

Effective Home Learning

A good, well-managed homework programme helps children and young people to develop the skills and attitudes they will need for successful lifelong learning. Homework also supports the development of independent learning skills and provides parents with an opportunity to take part in their children’s education.

Why is Home Learning Important?

Learning at home is an essential part of good education. Regular homework is important as it gives pupils the opportunity to practice at home the tasks covered in class, and helps the pupils work towards improving important skills. It also helps children and young people to become confident and independent in their learning, which will help throughout their time at school and in adult life.

What Home Learning Will Be Set?

We ask all children to practise reading with an adult at least 4 times per week. Spelling will be sent home to learn on a weekly basis and maths tasks will be also set on Mathletics and Accelerated Reader. In addition, we ask all children to complete a home learning project once each half term.

Half Term Project

Each half term we encourage independent learning at OPA Newstead Green by asking all pupils to complete a research project, linked to their topic work. At the start of each half term parents are sent an overview of what their child will be learning and some suggestions for what could be done for a project – with a date to hand in too!

Children are encouraged to choose a project idea they would like to create and how they wish to present it to the rest of the class. Children are given the chance to share their learning with the rest of the class, other adults and parents. If your child needs any paper or other resources that school can provide, please encourage them to ask their class teacher.

Mathletics

Award winning Mathletics is the next generation in learning, helping children enjoy maths and improve their results. Children will be set a weekly task by their class teacher which will either consolidate or extend what they have learnt during the week or introduce children to the topic they are going to be looking at during the next week.

About Mathletics
Mathletics is a web-based learning program that integrates home and school learning via the internet; it is one of the world’s most used educational websites. As an online learning resource it is the next generation in learning, helping students enjoy maths and achieve outstanding results.

Mathletics at Home
We recommend that you spend time looking at the program with your child so that you can gain the greatest understanding of how Mathletics will benefit his or her learning.

Accelerated Reader

What is it?

Accelerated Reader is a computer programme that helps teachers to manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice.

How does it work?

At Outwood Primary Academy Newstead Green, all children in years 2 to 6 will participate in Accelerated Reader (AR). Students will complete an initial online assessment consisting of multiple choice questions. If they answer correctly the questions will become increasingly harder; however, if they answer incorrectly, the questions will become easier. At the end of the test the children will be given a reading range – ZPD range. The ZPD range (Zone of Proxymal Development) is designed to challenge students without putting unnecessary pressure on them.
Children choose books independently starting at their lowest ZPD range to read in class. This is important as they are choosing resources within their own interest area. When they have finished a book they will answer quiz questions designed to measure their understanding of what they have read. The aim is to achieve at least 85% accuracy. Teachers will closely monitor individual student performance and intervention will be put in place where necessary.
Accelerated Reader helps students at all levels to become better readers. If you have any questions regarding the programme, you should contact your child’s class teacher.

How can parents help?

Encourage your child to read at home. This doesn’t have to be a book. Newspapers, magazines, leaflets, wordsearches/crossword puzzles, even food recipes are all tools that can be used to improve a child’s understanding of words and improve spelling and punctuation. Ask them questions while you read together to make sure they fully understand it, and remember: Practice makes perfect!

Times Tables Rock Stars

Maths teachers recognise how fundamental times table recall speed is to later success in maths lessons; yet it’s not always easy finding engaging ways to do daily practice. TT Rock Stars (the paper version) has been used in many schools across the UK since 2010 and the feedback is that pupils and teachers love it. W are confident everyone will enjoy the online version even more!
Incorrect answers are always immediately corrected in front of the pupil so that they start to associate the correct answer to every question.
More than that, the clever code behind the scenes works out which times tables facts each pupil is consistently taking longer to answer and then it gradually starts to present these facts more frequently until pupils have mastered them.
It will also ask related division questions 20% of the time in order to reinforce division facts.
Lesson time isn’t wasted – we’ve made sure that TT Rock Stars is lightning fast. Once pupils are logged in, they can begin a game in one click.
Which teachers are Times Tables Rock Heroes?