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Amherst School

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Weekly Homework

This term the children will need to complete Mental Arithmetic (MA) and English homework each week, in addition to the normal reading and spelling practice. We aim to set homework at a Year 4 level but understand that some children—just as in class—will require some support, particularly with comprehension homeworks.


Maths & English Homework

In the Autumn term the homeworks will alternate between Mental Arithmetic (MA) and English. From January, both MA and English will be set each week. Homework will be given out on a Friday, to be returned at the latest by the following Wednesday.

Our English work is typically comprehension-themed and should be completed in full sentences wherever possible. Please encourage your child to complete all MA corrections before starting a new test and to always write using our school’s cursive script:




Your child should be encouraged to read for a minimum of twenty minutes daily, whether independently or with an adult. The children should record the book title and the pages read in their school Planners, which will be checked each Friday. Reading is one of the most effective ways to improve children’s educational outcomes, and we would encourage you to cultivate a consistent, positive attitude to reading at home—as much and as often as possible.

Termly Spellings

Your child will bring home an orange spelling homework book in which to spend 20 minutes showing evidence of regular practice from the Sir Linkalot app/website. Children should work through the Sir Linkalot spelling packs at their own pace, only moving on to the next level when they achieve 20/20 in the online test.