Home learning helps to reinforce a child’s understanding, knowledge and skills and helps parents stay up-to-date with their child’s learning. We believe that a child’s education should be a joint responsibility between the school, the parents/carers and the child. Therefore, it is vital that parents understand the important role they have in supporting their child with their learning.

At Portfield, we have identified a few key areas of learning that would benefit from regular practice at home so that they become fluent and accurate. We expected 100% of our pupils to complete their homework every week day. This that do so are rewarded with prizes and house points. Those that haven't completed their daily homework will be given a time to do so during the school day. Please read our homework expectations guide below:

They key areas of learning are:

In EYFS and Key Stage 1 (EYFS, Years 1 and 2):

  • Independent reading

and one of the following activities each day:

  • Maths number sense
  • Spelling/Phonics
  • Storytelling and sentence building


In Key Stage 2 (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6):

  • Independent reading 
  • Maths number sense / Times Table Rockstars 
  • Spelling/Phonics 


How can you help your child?

Below are some tips on how to help your child with their home learning and the expectations that we have for each area of learning:

Independent Reading

  • It is expected that you will read with your child every week day.
  • Reading records must be brought into school every day.
  • Use the space provided in the reading record to write a comment about your child’s reading progress.
  • Staff will be checking through diaries each day to see if you have signed the reading record and read with your child.


Numbots / Times Table Rockstars

  • Encourage your child to play either Numbots or Times Table Rockstars every day for 5 minutes.
  • The activities on Numbots / TTRS are deliberately repetitive. They help your child remember key mathematical facts so that they can recall them quickly and easily.
  • These games can be accessed via a smart phone, tablet or computer.


Spelling / Phonics

  • Use the spelling / phonics sheet to help your child practise their spellings for 5 minutes every day.
  • Encourage your child to sound out the words before writing them down. The instructions on the spelling sheet will give you more instructions on how to help your child remember their spellings.
  • Your child will regularly revisit spellings they have learnt previously to make sure that they don't forget them.


Reading books, reading records and spelling sheets should be kept safely in a school book bag that may be purchased from the school office. Rucksacks are not appropriate for carrying home learning activities as they often cause pieces of paper and school reading books to get scruffy and ripped. 

It is important that, if possible, your child has a calm, quiet space to complete their home learning. Distractions of phones, tablets and TVs make it extremely hard for children to focus fully on their learning. 

Year 5 and 6 may have additional home learning to help them prepare for the increased demands of secondary school.

If you need any additional resources or activities to help support your child with their home learning, please ask your child’s class teacher.