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St John's Church Of England Primary School

Growing towards the future through love, care and respect

Finding fractions of an amount/number using circle and crosses method

Division using circle and crosses method

Subtraction using a Magic Number Line

Addition using a Magic Number Line

Maths homework

  • Maths homework will be given out on a Friday and should be returned by Thursday of the following week. We will always try to differentiate the maths homework so that children of all abilities can attempt it. If you feel that a particular piece of homework is too easy or too hard, please just adapt it to make it suitable.
  • Times tables tests – we will test the children on times tables every week. This will happen on a Thursday straight after their spelling test. This will be done in the same book as the spellings so that you can see how your child is getting on. Over the course of the year, we will learn and test the children on their 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables. For now, we will focus on the 2 and 10 times tables and will test one of these each week. We will let you know when we start to move on to the 5 and 3 times tables.

Spelling tests

  • The weekly spelling words will be given out on a Friday and the test will take place on the following Thursday. They will complete the tests in their spelling books, which they will take home every Friday for you to see how they have got on. We will have two or three different ability spelling groups running each week. These groups are fluid and the class teachers may move your child up or down a group. If this happens, it is usually as a result of how the child is using the spellings in their everyday written work, rather than their actual test results. The spelling words may seem easy to begin with but they will soon increase in difficulty. Please be patient and don’t worry if your child says the words are too easy!
  • We understand that some parents worry about their child’s weekly spelling test results. We would like to emphasise that the weekly spelling tests only provide a very small amount of insight into how your child is getting on at school. It is not unusual for children to make excellent progress in literacy over the course of a year but struggle on a weekly basis with their spelling test.

Reading

  • We encourage the children in Year Two to take increased responsibility for their own learning. This includes asking them to change their own reading books when they have finished the previous book. All the children know which book band they are on and that they have the opportunity to change their book on a daily basis.
  • We still ask you to record reading sessions at home in the record book. This is so we can monitor the ‘Give me 5’ challenge. We will check the books on a Friday to see how many books the children have read in the past week.
  • The children take part in daily reading skills sessions. This is our opportunity to assess the children and how we decide when to move children on to the next book band level. Please be aware that in Year Two, the emphasis shifts from being able to decode text to an overall level of comprehension of the book they have read.
  • The children will have a Reading Journal. We would like children to write a book review each week. We understand that for some children, this is an enjoyable task and poses no problems whatsoever. However, there are some children that find this very difficult. If your child finds this task hard, it is perfectly acceptable for you to set them three or four specific questions about the book. For example, you could ask them; who was your favourite character? What was the most exciting part of the story? Did you like the ending – why? For children that are still struggling with their writing, it is acceptable for you to scribe their answers.

 

As we expect children to hand in their homework, if it is not handed in, it will not be marked until the following week.