How to Support Your Child at Home

At Acre Heads, we reward our pupils for their hard work and dedication beyond the classroom. We want our homework system to be modern, accessible but above all else, purposeful.

We want to ensure that homework is fun, appropriate and linked to the learning taking place in the classroom for every child. Therefore, we have invested in a range of online home learning resources that will adapt automatically to your child’s ability and is monitored by the class teacher. We hope you see the benefits and the changes makes home work a fun experience for all.

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Homework Guidance for Parents

Doodlemaths and Doodlespell

We have invested in the award-winning Doodle programme to offer our children the DoodleMaths and DoodleSpell apps. Both apps are perfectly aligned to the National Curriculum and calibrate to allow the pupils a bespoke homework system tailored to their needs.

The Doodle programme also offers a DoodleConnect app for parents which provides information on their child’s progress and analyses any strengths and weaknesses within the curriculum.

Also provided are two additional apps: DoodleTables and DoodleEnglish. We encourage the children to explore these apps too.

TTRockstars

TTRockstars is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times tables practice. Each week concentrates on a different times table, with regular consolidation weeks for rehearsing times tables that have previously been practised. Incorrect answers are always immediately corrected in front of the pupil so that they start to associate the correct answer to every question. The app works out which times tables facts each pupil is consistently taking longer to answer and then gradually starts to present these facts more frequently until pupils have mastered them. Children can pick their own avatar, play against their friends, if they choose to, and see their score on the leader board.

Numbots

The creators of TTRockstars have produced a platform for boosting addition and subtraction skills called Numbots. There are two game options in Numbots. ‘Story Mode’ places emphasis on learning the ideas and concepts behind addition and subtraction and ‘Challenge Mode’ focuses on the speed of recall of key facts.

Home Reading

Children begin their reading journey with the Read Write Inc. programme in the Foundation Stage. This carefully sequenced programme is supported by using reading books at home that the children are already familiar with in school.

This year, we have also invested in a selection of new home reading books from Collins Big Cat to enhance our school selection of banded reading books the children access once they have completed the Read Write Inc. programme. We have also purchased a larger selection of ‘free reader’ books for those pupils who have progressed through the home reading stages.

Our Homework Expectations:

Foundation Stage and Key Stage One:

• Children read at least three times per week (once they have been assigned a RWI book)
• Children have their home reading record signed by an adult each time they read
• Children complete their Read Write Inc. spelling task
• Children stay in the ‘green zone’ on their DoodleMaths account
• Children access their Numbots account regularly

Key Stage Two:

• Children read at least three times per week (once they have been assigned a reading book)
• Children have their home reading record signed by an adult each time they read
• Children stay in the ‘green zone’ on their DoodleSpell account
• Children stay in the ‘green zone’ on their DoodleMaths account
• Children access their TTRockstars account regularly