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Blakedown Church of England Primary School

Home Learning

Home Reading

Reading is so important: it could be fiction, non-fiction, magazines, websites – anything! Your child should be encouraged to read a range of texts for pleasure as well as for real life situations, not just the book they bring from home from school.

Reading to your child is really valuable for all children, so even a bedtime story counts!

Reading aloud with an adult is important throughout the primary years. Even if your child is a fluent reader, having a discussion about the story (for example, the characters’ personalities and actions, the ‘wow words’ used by the author, making predictions, answering a range of questions about their reading) is a valuable way to develop reading skills.

Please encourage your child to read daily and nurture their love of books. Please record all reading completed in your child's reading journal. Do not forget that re-reading books is important and valuable in helping your child to develop their reading fluency. Don't forget to discuss new vocabulary and explain what it means as well as putting it into context so that your child can experiment with using it correctly in their own verbalised and written sentences.

Times Tables

By the end of Year 2 your child will be expected to recall the 2x, 5x and 10x times tables and their corresponding division facts. They will also begin to count in multiples of three. We will continually be practising these at school and hope that you will support your child to learn these at home too.

Times Tables Learning Tools

Your child has been provided with a login to access TTRockstars. This will help them to practise their age related multiplication and division facts. The login is inside your child's homework book.

Useful items to help your child with times tables at home include:

A stack of coins – at least a dozen each of 2p, 5p and 10p. No cost, beyond the time it takes to collect up the change.

A pack of cards – take out the aces and Kings, count Jack as 11 and Queen as 12, and you can practise the full range of tables by dealing your child two cards and asking them to multiply them.

'Hit the Button' is a super program available online.

Key Instant Recall Facts

To help develop your child's fluency in mathematics, we ask them to learn Key Instant Recall Facts each half term. We would hope the children practise these at least 3 times a week at home.