Homework in Year 6 is given to pupils on Friday and is due in on Wednesday.
This means that if pupils need to ask for support they can ask for additional help on Monday or Tuesday.
Pupils will be given a different piece of homework depending on the group they are in. When possible, this should be completed in their maths homework book. There are occasions when working directly on to the sheet is more appropriate in which case the sheets should be folded and stuck inside the book.
As well as the weekly homework related to their lessons children are expected to reach 1000 points on Mathletics each week. We set this target as we feel that it is achievable for every student.
Pupils will be given a piece of English homework, which will be the same for both classes, each week. This is likely to be a piece of reading comprehension which will require pupils to read a short text and answer questions. Answers should be written directly into their English homework books. As with the maths, work completed on sheets should be glued into books.
As well as the weekly homework related to lessons we also expect children to read their library books and record what they have read, each week, in their reading record.
Pupils can always do more. Each week a Mathlete of the week is awarded for the pupil with the most points.
DB Primary has a 'learning library' full of resources for a wide rage of curriculum subjects.Espresso, accessed at home through DB Primary, is a fantastic resource with videos to watch and a wealth of activities to undertake.
In the past Year 6 pupils were given a set of spellings to learn each week. We have always felt that weekly spelling tests and lists to learn have little impact on spelling overall. Therefore, this year, we are trialing weekly 'Book Talk' which involves reading and discussing feelings towards stories, vocabulary and events. Pupils will still be given spelling tests, approximately every half term. All the spelling tests will include words taken directly from the new national curriculum or are from past SATs spelling papers.
All Year 6 pupils will sit a spelling test as part of the Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling tests (GPS). There are 20 randomly chosen spellings, some difficult and some hard. This can be a source of stress and anxiety for many pupils as they consider themselves ‘bad spellers’. If this is the case, pupils will be supported in school.