Homework at The Mount
At The Mount JIN, we value homework as an opportunity for pupils to maximise their academic success and spend time sharing their learning with you via meaningful activities at home, supported by you as parents and carers.
We have ranked homework activities in priority order below. We expect that every parent supports their child to complete at least the first 4 items weekly, with the rest of the activities offered as further enrichment.
- Spend as much time with your child as you can, experiencing as many new things as possible together, and talking about them. Spending time with, talking with and listening to your child is the most valuable activity you can undertake.
- Read and discuss books with your child at least 4 times per week, and if possible for 15 minutes daily. This does not need to always be their school reading book. Record this in their reading record.
- Help your child learn the spellings given out on word lists for their weekly tests. This involves learning spelling patterns and the words themselves, but also the meaning and uses of these words.
- Help your child to learn their multiplication tables and to tell the time as appropriate to their age group.
- Use MyMaths at home. This includes specific work set at least fortnightly on the day allocated by your child’s teacher, as well as practice activities with tutorials and games that pupils can access any time. In Year 1, use of MyMaths will start when the teacher deems your child is ready. They will contact you as appropriate regarding this. From Year 2 upwards, MyMaths homework is set for every child.
- Use Bug Club reading at home. Teachers set books on this scheme at least half-termly, and pupils can ask their teacher for more if they wish, although there is of course a finite number of books on each level!
- Complete topic related tasks such as research projects. These are set by teachers as and when required, and increase in frequency the further your child moves up the school.
We know that not every child has access to the Internet at home. We run a daily homework club in our Learning Resource Centre, which will enable your child to access online content. Please let your child’s teacher know if your child does not have Internet access at home, so that priority can be given to your child’s access in school.