Home Learning

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. They key areas of learning are:

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

  • Independent reading – at least 10 minutes a day

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 – at least 15 minutes a day
  • Maths number sense / Times Table Rockstars – at least 5 minutes a day
  • Spelling/Phonics – at least 5 minutes a day
  • Storytelling and sentence building – when possible during the week


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 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
  • The reading bookmarks will help you ask appropriate questions and comment on your child’s reading
  • Staff will be checking through diaries each day to see if you have signed the reading record and read with your child


Maths Number Sense

  • Use the space provided on the Number Sense sheet to write a comment about your child’s maths progress
  • The Number Sense games will help you support your child achieve their number sense targets
  • In KS2, staff will check Number Sense booklets so see if you have worked with your child on their Number Sense targets
  • Encourage your child to play Times Table Rockstars every day


Spelling / Phonics

  • Use the spelling / phonics activity booklet to help your child practise their spellings
  • In KS2, spelling will be checked by staff once a week through spelling tests and games


Storytelling and Sentence Building

  • Your child will bring home a new story or non-fiction text every few weeks. The texts are the basis of their learning in reading and writing. It is vitally important that they learn the text well so that they can use the ideas in their own writing. 
  • The text map (picture version of the text) will help your child to remember the text quickly and easily


Reading books, reading records, number sense booklets and home learning worksheets 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.