Spellings are set on Monday and the test takes place on the following Monday.
Pupils should set time aside for reading at home, daily. We encourage all pupils – including fluent, independent readers – to read aloud to an adult as often as possible. Reading aloud and sharing a book is not only an enjoyable activity, it also develops pupils’ cognition in many ways. Reading to, and with, your child is the most important thing any parent can do to support their child’s educational development.
Children in Darwin class each have a reading diary. Parents and pupils can write in this diary to log reading experiences. Diaries are collected in once a week, usually Thursday or Friday, and returned to the children as soon as it is possible to do so.
Weekly Homework Task:
In Darwin, a weekly homework activity is set on Friday and is expected to be handed in on Monday morning. Homework tasks are chosen to consolidate, or extend, learning which has been completed in class and are fully explained to the children in a discussion with the teacher.
Children in Darwin class are expected to take ownership and responsibility for the completion of their weekly homework task. It is important that pupils in Years 5 & 6 learn to become independent as part of their preparation for Key Stage 3.