At Winhills, we work with families to ensure that learning happens in both the classroom and at home to ensure that all children have the best opportunity to thrive in their academic achievements.
In both KS1 and KS2 spelling homework will be handed out on a Wednesday and must be completed and returned on the following Monday. We expect the children to take care to learn these spellings in preparations for a spelling test the following week. In KS2 the expectation is that the children will also use these words in sentences in their homework book using their best presentation skills.
Children need to read 5 times a week across the whole school. In Years 1 to 5 the expectation is that they read for at least 15 minutes every day at home. In Year 6 they are expected to read for the equivalent of at least 20-30 minutes every day at home. It might be that some days they read more than others. In Years 1 to 5 the children are also expected to complete at least one book talk per week. This is where you discuss with your child what has happened in the text and ask them questions about what they have read. Please record that they have completed a book talk in their reading records. Across the school, reading records are checked daily so we ask that they are written in every night and signed by an adult at home. In Years 3 to 6 the children will be accessing books on Accelerated Reader and they will have the opportunity to quiz on these books so that the school can track their comprehension progress.
For Maths homework in Years 3 to 6, the children will be using two online resources. The first is Maths Whizz (www.whizz.com), an online maths education website that is tailored to each individual child. The Maths Whizz week will start each Monday and it is the expectation that children should complete 45 minutes of lessons and tests on here by Sunday evening. The second online resource is Times Tables Rock Stars (www.ttrockstars.com) which is an online game for learning and reciting times tables. This is available to use on a laptop or an app which can be downloaded onto a tablet or smartphone. Children are expected to complete at least 15 minutes of games on here from Monday to Sunday. If your child does not have access to the internet, there will be clubs after school where they can complete their Maths Whizz and TT Rock Stars homework. Alternatively, your child can be given paper maths homework equivalent to the required amount of time expected.
During this current lockdown (Feb 2021), we will be using class Dojo and Tapestry for our home learning. On there, we will provide online videos of lessons that our teachers have recorded to assist you in your learning. Please look at our Winhills remote learning policy below for more details.
Staff will also contact you and feedback to you via Dojo or Tapestry and will also attempt to call you via telephone. If during this period you feel that you would like some additional support, please do not hesitate to call.
Do remember that the learning will be posted on the website on the class pages as well but you will need to go onto Dojo or Tapestry to access the videos.
Mr Turner and the Winhills Team
Dear Parents and Carers
I write with further information about Diamond Online.
This is very new project and unfortunately there have been some teething issues this morning, with access to some files being denied. This should now be sorted. If you have any further questions or queries on this, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org where colleagues will respond as quickly as possible. Apologies for any difficulties you have experienced.
Pages that may be helpful:
The website info is: https://www.diamondonline.uk/
There is an explanation video here: https://www.diamondonline.uk/how-to-use-the-online-school
Information from the EEF as to how parents can support online learning and reading etc: https://www.diamondonline.uk/parents
Individual Year Group Pages, with downloadable Newsletters and Online Provision for Years 5 & 6 can be found here: https://www.diamondonline.uk/learning
There is also some information regarding Welfare Support, which can be found: https://www.diamondonline.uk/welfare-support
Winhills Primary Academy