At Tortworth, children are provided with home learning books to complete tasks set by their class teacher. These tasks will be relevant to recent learning in class and children should be able to complete them independently and within a reasonable amount of time. Some home learning may be online through one of the logins detailed below.
Reading regularly at home is an enjoyable way to make a huge difference to a child's education. We ask that children aim to read at least five times a week.
There are two types of reading book that children will bring home:
- A reading practice book
- A sharing book
Reading practice book
This will be at the correct phonic stage for each child. They should be able to read this fluently and independently. This book has been carefully matched to each child’s current reading level. If a child is reading it with little help, please don’t worry that it’s too easy – they need to develop fluency and confidence in reading.
Listen to children read the book. Remember to give them lots of praise – celebrate their success! If they can’t read a word, read it to them. After they have finished, talk about the book together.
Each child will not be able to read this on their own. This book is for a child and adult to read and enjoy together. In order for a child to become a lifelong reader, it is important that they learn to read for pleasure. The sharing book is a book they have chosen for you to enjoy together.
Remember, please don’t expect a child to read this alone. Read it to them or with them. Discuss the pictures, enjoy the story, predict what might happen next, use different voices for the characters and explore the facts in a non-fiction book. The main thing is that you have fun!
Each child has been given a home reading record in their home learning book. We ask that you initial it every time you hear them read and to comment on their reading at the end of the week. We will ensure your child has a book to read at home on a weekly basis and will keep track of how many times your child reads. Your child will stamp a class chart for each time they have read. This will be limited to one stamp per day
Class Reading Chart
When your child has reached the maximum amount of stamps on the class chart, your child will receive an enamel badge which they can wear with pride on their school sweatshirt. They will then receive the next home reading record to aim to get the next badge. The badges will be bronze, silver, gold, ruby, emerald and sapphire. We would like the children to collect them all – they will feel very proud of this achievement and it will give them confidence in their reading abilities.
Home Learning tools with school-based logins
Free home learning activities for Key Stage 1
ICT Games (Maths)
Free home learning activities for KS2
Oxford Owl (English)