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It is expected that the children read every day for a minimum of 15 minutes.  This could be reading to an adult aloud, independently or sharing a book together.  It is important that the comprehension and understanding of the text is checked regularly.  Please record your child's reading in their red planners  This may be done by an adult or by the child themselves.

Red Planners handed out: Monday each week

This will be checked once a week but the expectation is that the children should have their planners in school every day.

The children should all have a schemed 'book-banded' reading book.  Once normality returns, the children will also be able to have a library book too. 


Homework is to orally practise the x2, x5, x10, x4, x8.  If these times tables are secure, then to learn the x3 and x6.  The children should also learn the corresponding division facts. Year 3 should learn the x4 then the x8, noting that the x8 is double the x4.  Then they should move onto the x3 and the x6, again noting that the x6 is double the x3.  After this, the other times tables can be learnt.

The children have a mental arithmetic book and are expected to complete one page each week unless instructed otherwise.  There is an expectation that all corrections are also completed from the previous week. The MA books are handed out each week. 

The Mental Arithmetic book is due in every Wednesday and will be handed back out on Friday.

Spellings - Sir Linkalot Bundles

The spelling test will be: week commencing 17th May 2021

We are continuing to use the Sir Linkalot spelling app.  The children are now on different bundles, depending on the results of their most recent spelling test.  Your child should have brought home their spelling test for you to see how they got on and should know which list of words they are learning.  Your child should be on one of these lists: Patient Potter, Weird Wordsworth or Orange Orwell. Please refer to the Sir Linkalot website for the word lists.  If you have any questions - please get in touch with your child's class teacher. 

Your child will bring home an orange spelling homework book and we would like your child to spend a minimum of 20 minutes each week showing evidence of regular spelling practice by completing an activity from the grid or spending the time on the Sir Linkalot app.  Please can some evidence be dated and recorded in this orange exercise book each week. We would also appreciate if you would help your child to learn and use these words in context as well as learning how to spell them.  

Handed out: Friday each week

Due in: Friday each week

This is the suggested grid of 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.