At St. Peter’s we believe that it is important for parents and carers to be actively involved in their child’s learning. Our 'Home School Agreement' captures much of the work and many of the changes that have been made to further develop the partnership between pupils, parents carers, staff and governors. Our mission statement:
“Hand in Hand we journey together, guided by God”
encapsulates this. A copy of the agreement can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.
Homework is just one of the tools that we use to develop an effective partnership between school and home. Teachers plan activities for children to complete at home which consolidate and reinforce skills and understanding from the classroom.
At the beginning of each term, children will be given a ‘Homework Menu’ from which they are able to choose activities to complete at home. This is sent out at the same time as the curriculum letter and curriculum overview so that parents and carers are able to see the clear links between homework tasks and what is being covered in class. You can download this term's 'Homework Menu' for your child's class below.
Class teachers set a wide range of homework activities that may make use of IT links, practical activities and games. Each ‘Homework Menu’ contains short tasks and activities to rehearse basic skills as well as longer creative ones. The children are often given a choice regarding what to focus upon and how to present their findings. This supports the school’s approach to the curriculum. To find out more about 'Supporting Your Child with Homework', including how much time children should spend and home to provide adult help, please download the leaflet below.
Some children often like to further extend their learning at home beyond homework. Below you will also find the details of some suggested websites. Please take the time to discuss staying safe online as a family before exploring these. More information regarding digital safety can be found on the 'Behaviour & Safety' page of our school website.
BBC Bitesize is an excellent online resource that provides help with revision and learning. Here you will find a number of free videos, step-by-step guides, activities and quizzes by level and subject on every subject for students aged from 3 to 16 and over. www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/primary
Oak National Academy is an online resource funded by the Department for Education to support pupils and schools during periods of disruption. There are nearly 10,000 free video lessons, resources and activities covering most subject from Reception to Year 11.
Oxford Owl provides free ebooks all the time for children of primary age. These reflect some of the books used at school.
ICT Games has a range of free maths and English games suitable for KS1 and lower KS2.
Interactive Resources has some fun original games, again to support learning in mathematics and English. Many of their games require a subscription and have been turned into apps available on iOS, android and amazon. A small selection of resources can be tried for free. You can also sign up for a 14 day trial to access a number of resources.
Music Theory has some content always free with lessons and exercises to do at home. For all ages and musical abilities.
Duolingo is a free website made for language learning. One for all the family. Not specifically made for schools and you can pick whichever language you like. An initial assessment helps to pick up your current level if you want to improve rather than start from scratch.
Activity Village is a great resource for ideas and templates to support developing creativity at home. www.activityvillage.co.uk
As you will no doubt be aware, the school also has subscriptions to Numbots and Times Tables Rockstars to support home learning. These online resources provide our pupils with an alternative way to develop their mathematical competencies through the engaging range of activities, games and challenges. If you have not received the username and password for these resources, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that Numbots is available for pupils in Key Stage 1 and Times Tables Rockstars is only available to pupils in Year 2 and Key Stage 2.