St. Margaret’s C of E Junior School
Useful Home Learning Documents
One of our wonderful poetry performances
In Science week, we loved exploring the copse and looking for signs of spring.
We're All in This Together!
Prayers you might find useful
Spreading Happiness and Kindness During This Time
We spend many opportunities at school, through collective worship and personal reflections, looking at how we can support others in line with our school's vision and our Christian values. This resource has a few more ideas that you may choose to do during school closure to bring a little bit of happiness to others, whilst keeping everyone safe. We know so many of you are already doing little things to help already. Please feel free to use this as your family would like to. The suggested activities are for those who live in your household. Just a reminder that this is not set home learning and children do not have to do any/all of the suggested activities but we are sure that the children will enjoy spreading kindness and happiness through these and other ways, as they always do.
Reading- You are now able to quiz at home with your child- access using the link in the document below.
Letters To Parents
Your child's home learning tasks should be recorded by your child in their Home-School Diary and will usually follow the pattern outlined below:
English homework will be set where and when we think it is needed and so this will be dependent on the focus for English lessons for that week. For example, in week A your child may be set a task around sentence openers ready to be used in week B when we write our own stories.
Your child will always be given 1 whole week to complete their task, with homework often being set on a Monday to be returned on the following Monday.
At St. Margaret’s we have invested in a system called Accelerated Reader- where children will be quizzing on their books once they have completed reading them at home and school. Children can change their reading books daily or when they have finished reading them.
They will then take a short online quiz about each book once they have finished reading it to check their comprehension. These quizzes can only be accessed in school but the children will record their results on their bookmarks so that they can share their progress with you at home. Please see the Accelerated Reader letter sent to parents for more information.
We request that you read with your child at least 3 times a week for 10 mins. Please ensure all reading is recorded in the Home-School Diary and is signed by an adult.
Where possible, please focus on questioning when listening to your child read. Simple questions about the text they have just read will support your child to develop and train their comprehension skills.
Types of question you might like to ask are; Why was the character feeling like that? How do you know that character is feeling that way? Without looking, explain and summarise what you have just read.
Spellings will take place once a week and your child will be sent home with a set of spellings to learn - please use this opportunity to identify the spelling rule with your child and see if they can spell other words using the same rule which might not be on their lists.
Spelling tests will be administered 1 week after spelling lists have been sent home. Scores will be recorded and your child will be encouraged to share them with you after school.
This year, whole class spellings will be taught to ensure all children are learning and revising the spelling patterns and rules assigned to their year group as per the National Curriculum. Any children working below this level will be identified and will join an intervention support group based on their needs and level of knowledge. Please note, this intervention will run as an addition to the main spelling lessons.
Each week, your child's Class Teacher will also set them at least one online mathematics task to be completed at home before the following Monday. Once completed, your child can then access the maths games and other support materials available. The more they play, the more points they can earn towards certificates and the chance to become 'St Margaret’s Mathlete of the Week'!
Remember, if your child has forgotten their login details, they can be found stuck into the back of their Home-School Diary.
Please also help your child to learn-by-heart all times table facts for the x2, x5, x10 tables (revision from KS1) as well as the x3, x4 and x8 tables. They will need to be able to recall these facts at speed, including their inverse form, for weekly times table tests in school.
Telling the time is also another key area for learning at home. Children in Year 3 are expected to read, show and write the time to one minute intervals on both digital and analogue clocks.
Maths Knowledge Organisers
Please note that from this week, we will no longer be sending home a look, cover, write check sheet with your child’s spellings.
We believe that this wastes unnecessary amounts of paper each week, for an activity which can easily be completed on a scrap piece of paper or in a notebook.
Please see below for a list of great activities and games which can be used at home with your child to aide and enhance their spelling accuracy.
Interactive/ online tools
- https://spellingframe.co.uk - This site will read aloud spellings to your child in a similar format to 'look, cover, write and check’. You can select from the spelling rules covered in Year 3 and play short practise games on a tablet or computer.
- http://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/lcwc/index.html - another great online version of 'look, cover, write and check’ where you can select the same rules we cover in our Year 3 spellings.
- https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?b=english/spelling - an interactive game based on the use of prefixes and suffixes.
Activities which do not need a computer
(Your child should be used to these games from our spelling lessons)
- Pyramid spelling- Start by ordering your spellings from the easiest to the hardest. Look once at your easiest word, cover and write once. Look at your second word, cover and write twice underneath, repeat with your third word- writing 3 times underneath, 4th word- 4 times and so on..
- Spelling sentences- Ask an adult or older sibling to help you with this. Version 1- your adult reads aloud the spelling word, you must write a sentence using that word. Version 2- your adult reads you a sentence with your spelling word in, you must correctly spell your word.
- Spelling ping-pong- take one word at a time, work with an adult to spell out your word one letter at a time with each person saying one letter at a time until the word is correctly spelt.
- Spelling jumble- ask an adult to write out a range of spelling words on a piece of paper- they should write each word correctly AND incorrectly a few times each. Your job is to circle the words which are spelt correctly and correct any mistakes.