Home Learning

Homework and Extended Learning Opportunities

Children in Years 1 – 6 will receive a planner and Reception children a reading record at the beginning of the academic year. Every week children will record the word and number of the week for you to discuss at home. This is also where you have the opportunity to record what your child has been reading. All children from Reception – Year 6 will bring home spellings to learn on a weekly basis.

At the beginning of every half term, you will receive a Knowledge Organiser which will detail the key ideas and vocabulary that your child will be taught during that half term. In addition to this, there will be suggested homework activities and tasks for the whole family to engage with – followed by a sharing session with family at the end of some half terms to view the amazing masterpieces that are created and listen to the learning that has taken place.

Here you will find links to and descriptions of all the online learning resources we subscribe to that your child can access at home and at school.

My Maths

My Maths is the next generation in learning, helping children enjoy maths and improve their results. Children will be set a weekly task by their class teacher which will either consolidate or extend what they have learnt during the week or introduce children to the topic they are going to be looking at during the next week.

About My Maths

My Maths is a whole-school interactive resource for use in the classroom and at home that is easy to use alongside any other maths resources to consolidate learning.

My Maths at Home

We recommend that you spend time looking at the program with your child so that you can gain the greatest understanding of how My Maths will benefit his or her learning.

Accelerated Reader

What is it?

Accelerated Reader is a computer programme that helps teachers to manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice.

How does it work?

At Outwood Primary Academy Bell Lane, all children in years 2 to 6 will participate in Accelerated Reader (AR). Children choose books independently starting at their lowest ZPD range to read in class. This is important as they are choosing resources within their own interest area. When they have finished a book they will answer quiz questions designed to measure their understanding of what they have read. The aim is to achieve at least 85% accuracy. Teachers will closely monitor individual student performance and intervention will be put in place where necessary.

Accelerated Reader helps students at all levels to become better readers. If you have any questions regarding the programme, you should contact your child’s class teacher.

How can parents help?

Encourage your child to read at home. This doesn’t have to be a book. Newspapers, magazines, leaflets, wordsearches/crossword puzzles, even food recipes are all tools that can be used to improve a child’s understanding of words and improve spelling and punctuation. Ask them questions while you read together to make sure they fully understand it, and remember: Practice makes perfect!

Times Table Rockstars

Maths teachers recognise how fundamental times table recall speed is to later success in maths lessons; yet it’s not always easy finding engaging ways to do daily practice. TT Rock Stars (the paper version) has been used in many schools across the UK since 2010 and the feedback is that pupils and teachers love it. We are confident everyone will enjoy the online version even more!

Incorrect answers are always immediately corrected in front of the pupil so that they start to associate the correct answer to every question.

More than that, the clever code behind the scenes works out which times tables facts each pupil is consistently taking longer to answer and then it gradually starts to present these facts more frequently until pupils have mastered them.

It will also ask related division questions 20% of the time in order to reinforce division facts.