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Holmer Lake Primary School


Homework makes an important contribution to pupils’ progress at school. It provides opportunities for you to develop the partnership with school and share responsibility for your child’s learning. We will encourage your child to develop the confidence and self-discipline needed to study on their own, as they get older, preparing them for the requirements of Secondary School. By setting homework we aim to provide opportunities for your child to practise and revise what they have been learning in class. Children are expected to read with or to an adult on a daily basis, to be recorded in the child’s reading record. Weekly maths and spellings homework, to match your child’s ability and age is provided in their homework books. Please refer to the homework guide which indicates what day homework is given out and expected to be handed in for your child’s class.

By the end of Year 4 the expectation is that every child knows their multiplication and division facts for all times tables up to 12 x 12.

Times Tables Rock Stars is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times tables practice designed to help children master the times tables.

A  “little and often” approach will enable children to master their times tables. If your child has a device at home to access TTRS (tablet or phone) and is allowed time on it to play games, we very much recommend that you encourage part of that screen time is used to play TTRS.

Just three minutes practice a day 4/5 times a week is a good target. Your child’s teacher will be encouraging children to achieve this target and using a range of incentives and prizes.

Click here to access a parent guide to Times Tables Rock Stars. 

Your child will also receive Learning Genie homework. This is given at the start of a new area of learning and is an opportunity for your child to practise, rehearse or research the key skills and knowledge needed for learning in the classroom. Learning Genie homework supports learning across the different areas of the curriculum and can be presented in different ways, giving your child the opportunity to make decisions about their learning. Some Learning Genie homework may require Internet access, but alternative ways of completing the work will be provided for those without access to the Internet.

Details of your child’s homework will be provided in their homework book and a handy homework guide to display at home is  sent out to you at the beginning of the school year. See below

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