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Capel St Mary CEVC Primary School

With faith as small as a mustard seed, you can move mountains. - Matthew 13 verses 31 - 35



The main homework your child will be given in our unit is reading. Learning to read is one of the most valuable skills that your child can acquire and forms the base of every single lesson the children undertake. Although your child will be taught to read at school, you can have a huge impact on their reading journey by taking any opportunity to practise their reading at home.

However, we know that you may want to support your child’s learning further, therefore we are offering two more homework options that your child can undertake at home.

The first is an online website called Times Tables Rock Stars (TTRS) / NumBots. The children will have a small slip of paper stuck to the inside cover of their reading diary. This slip of paper will include your child’s login and password to be able to access this website. Once on the website the children will be able to complete a range of fun activities that will help to support their maths learning in school.
The year 1 children will only need to access the NumBots section of the website which includes activities to support their knowledge of counting, addition and subtraction, number bonds, subitising and many more. They do not need to access the times tables activities as in year 1 although we practice counting in multiples of 2s, 5s and 10s we do not teach times tables facts.
The year 2 children will benefit from accessing both the NumBots section and the Times Tables Rock Stars area. Year 2 children are required to know their 2, 5, 10 times tables by the end of the academic year although it will be beneficial for them if they also know their 3 times tables.
I have attached the parent/carer guides for both Times Tables Rock Stars and NumBots.

The second is a spelling/writing homework option. Every Monday I will post 5 words for year 1 children and 5 words for year 2 children. These words are from the national curriculum and are words that the children need to be able to read and write by the end of the academic year. These words will be practised in school however, if you can also practise them at home it will help to both reinforce and embed their learning. How you practise these words is completely up to you. You could write them on pieces of card and stick them to the fridge, practise writing them using the ‘look, cover, write, check’ technique, repeatedly write the words in different colours, repeatedly write the words using different styles/fonts, type them on the computer, put the words into a sentence. (I’m sure you will have some far more inventive and imaginative ways of doing this.) We will not ask for this work to be sent into school however, if your child is particularly proud of their work and would like to share it with their teacher and their peers then feel free to post a picture onto the portfolio section of dojo.