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Your child will choose a book from our banded reading scheme; the majority of these books are listed in the front of their planner (purple pages). Your child should be encouraged to read for at least fifteen minutes daily, independently or with an adult. Even if they are able to read independently, we would really appreciate you continuing to hear them read to support them with increasing fluency, accuracy, expression and understanding. The children must record the book title and the pages read in their planners. Planners must be handed in on a Friday and should be in school every day. Please sign your child’s planner each week before it is checked at school to indicate that you have heard them read. Recommended reading lists are available on the school website. Children will also have the opportunity to choose books from the library once a week; they will be responsible for ensuring these books are returned to the library.

Due in: Friday

Times Tables

Children should practise times tables (and related division facts) regularly at home. We do not send home specific work but highly recommend that children spend time learning their times tables to reinforce school work. Children should begin by learning 2, 5 and 10s, then move on to 3, 4 and 8s before finally practising 6, 7, 9, 11 and 12s.

Mental Arithmetic

Your child will be given a Mental Arithmetic (MA) book and we would like them to complete one page each week. Your child should be able to complete the majority of it independently but we are grateful of any parental support. If your child has required a lot of support, please let us know by starring the questions (*) or writing a short note on the page. It is important that children complete all corrections from previous tests before moving on to the next one.

Handed out: Friday

Due in: Wednesday


Your child will bring home an orange spelling homework book with a list of words inside. We will test your child on these spelling every two weeks.  As a school, we use an app called “Sir Linkalot”, which provides a short, memorable video for each spelling. Your child may choose to watch these clips and show the ‘spelling links’ or ‘rules’ in their homework book, or they can use other techniques to learn the words such as ‘Look, Say, Cover, Write and Check’, mnemonics, rainbow writing etc. The dates of spelling tests, examples of the type of practice they might show and the login details for Sir Linkalot can be found in their orange homework books (also shown below). We will provide challenge words for those children who already know most of the spellings. If the words are too easy, they may also like to watch the spelling links for more challenging words on the Sir Linkalot app.

Handed out: Friday

Due in: Wednesday

Sir Linkalot Login: 

Username: Amherst

Access code: AAYQD8GXCL

  • iPad: Once you have downloaded the app, click on 'log in' (top right) and 'Have an access code?’.
  • Laptop or PC: Go to and tap on the log icon (for 'log in').

Spelling Test Dates:

1st October: Sir Linkalot 'Pie Plath'

15th October: Sir Linkalot 'Key Keats'

12th November: Sir Linkalot 'Water Wells'

26th November: Sir Linkalot 'Wild Wilde'

10th December: Sir Linkalot 'Christmas Carroll' Part 1 (some children 'Pie Plath')

14th January: Sir Linkalot 'Christmas Carroll' Part 2 (some children 'Key Keats')

28th January: Sir Linkalot 'Great Grimms' Part 1 (some children 'Water Wells')

4th March: Sir Linkalot 'Great Grimms' Part 2 (some children 'Wild Wilde' Part 1)

18th March: Sir Linkalot 'Blue Blyton' Part 1 (some children 'Wild Wilde' Part 2)

6th May: Sir Linkalot 'Blue Blyton' Part 2 (some children High Frequency Words Group 1)

20th May: Sir Linkalot 'Orange Orwell' Part 1 (some children High Frequency Words Group 2)

Suggested Activities:

The children should choose different activities so the learning is repetitive but varied and engaging:

Unscramble the muddled spellings and write them correctly.

Design and complete a wordsearch.

Use Scrabble tiles or something similar to design a cross-word.

Pyramid words

Write a silly story or silly sentences using all of your spellings.

Play Squeebles or a similar App on your computer or tablet.

Write sentences using your spelling words.

Join up the letters to spell each spelling word like dot to dot.

Make some of your spelling words out of leaves in your garden! 

Take photos!

Rainbow writing


Split your spelling words into their syllables.

Write each word using Look, Say, Cover, Write and Check.

Write the vowels in one colour and the consonants in another colour.

Watch Sir Linkalot animations on the app.

Write your spellings forwards then backwards.  Check the backwards words using a mirror!

Write a definition for each word.

Use bubble writing or make a collage of your spellings.

Spot the correct spelling.

Complete a dictation.

Use pictures/photos to help you remember.

Write some acrostic poems using your spellings.