For many parents, homework is the only picture they get of what their child does at school. For this reason, Hamilton have put a great deal of effort into writing suitable, fun and home-friendly activities for children and parents to share together. Children will benefit and so will parents and teachers!
Fractions for a 6 or 7 year old involves continuing use of physical items to help them visualise fractions, so now is a good chance to crack out the counters (or a suitable replacement) for some easy practice!
Children in Years 1 and 2 are expected to share their levelled reading book with an adult each night. This may be your child reading a few pages of their book to you or sharing a book together. Each Week your child will be sent home spellings to learn. These are the focus words that your child is also working on in school. These are given out on a Friday and assessed in school the following Friday. Each half term your child will be sent home with a selection of English and Maths tasks to complete each week. One week they will pick from the English activities and the other week from the Maths. They are expected to hand in their homework books each Thursday so that their work can be celebrated in class.
Each half term your child will be sent home with a selection of topic linked tasks to complete. Homework will be set each Friday and should be returned to the class teacher by the following Thursday. Spellings are given out each Friday (year 4) / Tuesday (year 3), to be learnt by the following Monday/Tuesday. Your child should also read regularly at home, ideally with an adult.
Children are expected to read for 15 minutes each day. Topic linked homework will be set half-termly and the children can select and activity to do from the list every Friday to be returned by the following Thursday. Over the half-term, they are expected to choose from a range of difficulty levels. Differentiated spellings are sent out every Friday to be learnt by the following Friday, both to learn as an individual word and in context of its meaning.
The nub of the matter is that homework is only useful when meaningful, related to and supporting class based work, well matched to the child, time limited and marked with top notch feedback from the teacher. Sadly, this is only the case in a minority of cases. Having got those longwinded caveats off my chest, here are some suggestions where homework can be manageable (for both the setter and the doer) and have a positive impact.
When parents ask about homework for their child I always respond that a) the best thing for a child to do of an evening is have some quality time with family and friends, sit down for a meal together, play a sport, learn a musical instrument or sing and not feel badgered into working all the hours God sends, and b) reading is just about the best homework anyone, adult or child, can do.
Please feel free to download and use these printable special education teaching resources (usually in powerpoint) that I have made for my students to use. Often these are designed to be used as part of a toolkit of thematic downloadable resources, printed and laminated (with Velcro) to use as folder tasks for TEACCH systems for Autistic learners. They can also be used as worksheets for literacy, numeracy, ASDAN evidence etc. Many use widget software symbols to support reluctant or pre-readers. I would always encourage you to share any free teaching resources we come across, feel free to share and lesson ideas or teaching tips that you have used in the comments section.
Download the Symbol supported sentence construction printable worksheets, students can circle the correct words, you could laminate and dry-wipe these or classic cutting and sticking. These are hopefully useful in planning a literacy lesson. They can easily be made interactive through adding pictures of the children. 2b1af7f3a8