Contact Us

Telephone:
01946 372656

Emergency Mobile:
07872 181619

Email:
admin@lowca.cumbria.sch.uk
head@lowca.cumbria.sch.uk

Postal Address:
Lowca Community School,
Lowca,
Whitehaven,
CA28 6QS.

Homework

Research has shown that listening to your child read is a very significant feature in promoting and supporting their progress in school.  Just to clarify “the most essential homework you can support your child with is reading”.  Please listen to your child read aloud each evening for 10 minutes and encourage older junior children to then continue reading to themselves.  Ask them to tell you what’s happened so far as this is useful in developing reading comprehension.  In class 1, please practice sounds and “letter” word cards as well as reading your child’s book.

It’s important to:

  • Talk about pictures.
  • Encourage your child to use their finger to point to the words as they read.
  • If they get stuck on a word remind them to break the word into sections and “sound” out letters then try smoothing them together.
  • If the word is tricky to sound out e.g. “laugh” ask them to “read on to the end of the sentence” and this really helps them develop context skills.
  • Once they’ve worked out the new word, really praise them and ask them to go back and re-read the sentence…”now you’ve cracked the code on that tricky word” and again praise your child’s success.  At the end, talk about the story.  It’s a lot more fun and enjoyable, if this happens in a comfy, quiet place with the T.V. off.

 

After reading each evening, we ask for 10 minutes, that KS1 pupils practice number bonds and KS2 practice their times tables.  Having fast recall of number facts is like having a calculator in your head and helps the children solve numerical problems and more easily acquire mathematical concepts.  Playing card games like pontoon are a good way to practice adds and takeaways within 21.  There are also lots of games on the internet which make learning fun and I recommend ‘googling’ the sites “woodland junior” and bbcbitesize.  Just using two dice and either adding or multiplying the dots is another repetitive game which embeds maths facts through repetition. The children are given termly “bonds” and “times tables” tests and we find that those who make good progress are the pupils that have taken time to complete their homework activities and we appreciate your family support in monitoring and encouraging this.