Manor Leas Junior Academy
Pupils are expected to complete their homework every week. Across the school, homework works in exactly the same way. The details are as follows:
Pupils are required to read every night for 30 minutes. Each child has an Accelerated Reading book that they have chosen from the school library. Please ensure you have the book every day in school as there are many opportunities to read within the school day.
If your child says, “Why can’t I skip my 30 minutes of reading tonight?”
Tell them, "Let’s figure it out —MATHEMATICALLY!"
Student A reads 30 minutes a night;
Student B reads only 5 minutes a night
Step 1: Multiply minutes a night x 7 times each week.
Student A reads 210 minutes a week.
Student B reads 35 minutes a week.
Step 2: Multiply minutes a week x 4 weeks each month.
Student A reads 840 minutes a month.
Student B reads 140 minutes a month.
Step 3: Multiply minutes a month x 12 months a year.
Student A reads 10,080 minutes a year.
Student B reads 1,680 minutes a year.
Student A practices reading the equivalent of 28 whole school days a year.
Student B gets the equivalent of only 5 school days of reading practice.
By the end of Year 6 if Student A and Student B maintain these same reading habits:
Student A will have read the equivalent of 60 whole school days
Student B will have read the equivalent of only 12 school days.
One would expect the gap of information retained will have widened considerably, and so undoubtedly will school performance. How do you think Student B will feel about him/herself as a student?
Spelling lists are given out to each year group on a Friday. The lists from the different spelling groups across the year group are given to all pupils on the same page, so that they can practice words from other lists if they wish. The only requirement is that the practice the words from their group. You may practice the spellings in any way that suits you and you are not required to hand any written work back to the teacher. Teachers will also upload the spelling lists to Spelling City, an online site in which children can play games with their spelling words. Spellings are tested on a Friday across the school.
Pupils are required to practice their times tables at home. In addition to this, pupils have been given a Maths Knowledge Study Book in which they revise a page a week. Teachers allocate these pages on a Friday. Children are quizzed on this knowledge twice the following week. There is a practice quiz on the Monday and a final test the following Friday.
If children lose their Maths Knowledge Study Book, they are available to purchase in reception for £2.50.
Each term pupils will be given a Knowledge Organiser for their topic. In some year groups, they will also have them for Science or RE. These organisers should have all of the knowledge pupils need to know about a specific subject. These are for pupils to revise at home to help develop their subject knowledge.