Your child is given reading books to read at home every week. One is the RWI book that they are reading in class that week, the second book is given according to the reading stage that they are currently on and the third book is a book that your child has chosen from our library that they wish to share with you at home.
Daily reading is very important for beginning readers and we expect that you will read with your child for a minimum of 10 minutes every night. Children who read each day with an adult make noticeably significant progress in their independent reading skills, than those who only read occasionally at home. We check your child’s Reading Record every morning to check that they have read at home.
Reading for pleasure is also very important to us at Bowlee Park. Everyday we have story time in class where we share our favourite books together. This is a time that both the teachers and children love and we quickly decide on our favourite five books! It is important that this love of reading is shared at home also. Here are a few books that we recommend reading with your child:
The Detective Dog by Julia Donaldson
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
Funnybones by Allan Ahlberg
I Can Only Draw Worms by Will Mabbitt
We're Going On A Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
Your child is given Writing, Maths and Spelling homework every Friday. These pieces of homework link to what your child has been learning and allow your child to apply the skills that they have learnt in class that week. It is expected that these pieces of homework are returned to your child's class teacher by Wednesday the following week.
In the back of your child's reading record is a list of key words that they need to spell. These are the most common used words that your child will be using in their writing throughout the year. Please support your child by helping them to learn these spellings.
Please note: Homework is part of our home-school agreement and must be completed each week. Class staff will be checking that homework is returned.
Over the school holidays your child will also come home with a Learning Log. This will ask the children to create, explore and investigate a topic that we will be studying. Your child can complete their learning log by drawing and taking pictures, making a model or by writing sentences. Please be as creative as you like! We look forward to seeing your learning logs and sharing them in class.
If you would like to carry out extra activities here are some options that you may wish to choose: