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Goldsmith Hall

New York, NY 90210

07:30 - 19:00

Monday to Friday

Home learning

We moved to the area mid-year and were really impressed with how the school team supported our two children to fit in.

Parent of 2 children new to the area

2017-05-12T13:39:20+00:00

Parent of 2 children new to the area

Lunch staff know the kids so well, my kids are much more adventurous food wise thanks to them

Parent of 2 children

2019-07-30T20:47:29+00:00

Parent of 2 children

The school’s warm and nurturing atmosphere enables each child to develop confidence in their own individual voice/identity.

Parent of year 2 child

2019-07-30T20:45:57+00:00

Parent of year 2 child

Sport is very inclusive, all about taking part & enjoying it

parent of 2 children

2019-07-30T20:50:01+00:00

parent of 2 children

Excellent extra-curricular activities – books at bedtime with your teddy & hot chocolate – brilliant idea!

Parent of 2 children

2019-07-30T20:49:38+00:00

Parent of 2 children

At Hawkesbury School we want all children to develop a love of learning and so home learning needs to be interesting and motivating. We encourage all children to engage in home learning activities which are inclusive and, where possible, open ended.

Home learning is set on a Friday and children are encouraged to return it by the following Wednesday unless otherwise stated. Sometimes a project may be introduced which might be completed over a number of weeks. In this case, the date by which it needs to be completed will be made clear. Teachers will monitor the completion of home learning and will offer support to families where it is not completed consistently. 

All children are encouraged to share a book with an adult at home every day. This could be their reading book or another book of their choice. This might include fiction, non-fiction, comics and magazines.  

All children are encouraged to practice spellings / phonics and times tables to support learning in class.  

All children will be encouraged to engage in home learning which supports their current class based learning. This might include activities such as: practising counting objects, interviewing a family member about their religious beliefs, finding out 10 things about how the Romans lived, reading 3 articles from newsround, preparing to present a book review.  

The amount of home learning encouraged each week will vary depending on the age of the children in the class. Children in Key Stage 2, will be encouraged to engage in longer tasks but timings for this will vary each week depending on the task. A suggested amount of time to be spent on the home learning will be clearly communicated so that parents and children understand the expectations.  

In Year 6 it is important to prepare children for the expectations which will be introduced in secondary school and this will be reflected in the sorts of activities used for home learning.

How we teach addition, subtraction, multiplication and division

As many parents often point out, the ways that maths is taught today is different to how it used to be taught in the past.

The link below will take you to our calculation policy. This shows the progression of methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. As you will see, maths is taught using a ‘Concrete, Visual, Abstract’ approach. This enables children to explore strategies both practically and visually before using written methods. They can then develop their skills further by using reasoning skills to apply their calculations to solving a range of problems.

Maths-Workshop-Calculation-attachment-051217

Useful maths websites

The following websites are recommended by our teachers.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

http://mathszone.co.uk/

Recommended for Wrens

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/3-5-years/counting

Recommended for Robins

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/maths/

Recommended for Swallows and Hawks

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/starship/maths/games/place_the_penguin/small_sound/standard.shtml

Useful apps

There are many APPs that can support your children at home. We recommend the following:

Doodle Maths

Bubble Maths

Reading at home

Time for reading Advice on how to support your child with reading at home with our Time 4 Reading scheme.

Top tips for reading Advice on reading strategies to develop your child’s understanding of a text.

Parents reading info The link below shows the presentation given at our recent Parent Reading Workshop.

Writing

Developing a Functional Pencil Grasp Useful information on developing a pencil grip.

Grammar

The links below is taken from the National Curriculum. It provides an explanation of the many elements of grammar that is taught in primary schools.

Grammar-workshop

Grammar-terminology