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We want all children to become life long learners, which means they want to learn and always strive to learn new things. We expect all children to read at home every evening, and to learn the spellings, number bonds and times tables their teacher gives them. The teachers will also give suggestions for home learning activities that will help children to find out more about their topic. Formal homework will start mid Year 5, to prepare the children for the expectations of High School.

We have been in the process of focusing on the content of our whole curriculum to ensure that there is a much greater emphasis on the ‘powerful knowledge’ that children need in order to truly understand concepts and also to enable them to apply that knowledge. We have looked at each subject and are currently identifying the essential knowledge that we feel is the children’s minimum entitlement - and then deciding how best to teach it.

This year we will be producing 'Knowledge Organisers' which are the ‘go-to’ documents outlining the essential knowledge that the teachers will be covering across a unit of work; including dates, key personnel, vocabulary, definitions, and other information. These Knowledge Organisers will be shared with pupils, parents and carers before units of work are taught – with the aim that everyone knows exactly what is being taught, and what the children need to learn.

We ask that parents read through these Knowledge Organisers at home with their children.