Hackbridge Primary School

Hackbridge Primary School

Federated with Spencer Nursery School

Home Learning

All children in Years 1 – 6 will receive a Home Learning grid relating to their class topic each half-term.

Year groups 1 – 5 will also receive a mathematics grid.

Each grid will contain 6 activities and we expect that all children complete at least 3 activities of their choice from each grid. They, of course, may complete more or all of the activities if they wish.

By allowing you to see the range of activities that need to be completed over the half-term, we hope that home learning can fit into your family schedule and become something that you can enjoy working on together with your child when it suits you, rather than working to weekly deadlines.

Year 6 children will receive English and mathematics Home Learning on a weekly basis as they prepare for their end of Key Stage 2 assessments in May.

Tasks should take a minimum of 15 minutes and a maximum of 30 minutes.

Children, or parents/carers of younger children, should write the title of the Home Learning activity in the Home Learning book.

The review dates are on the grids.

At Hackbridge Primary we believe that:

  • Home learning should be set regularly and consistently throughout the school.
  • Home learning should consist of worthwhile activities which extend and develop the school's curriculum.
  • Home learning should include a balanced range of tasks which are both written and non-written and which encourage an ongoing partnership between the school and home.
  • Home learning should change in its nature as children get older. In Key Stage 1, home learning activities develop a partnership with parents or carers, involving them actively in children's learning. As children get older, home learning provides an opportunity for children to develop the skills of independent learning.


Google Classroom

When pupils join our school, we set them up with their own G Suite for Education account which gives them direct access to the Google Classroom for their class. You do not need a code to join the Google Classroom, as we have set the children as members of the correct rooms - you just need to log into Google Classroom using the account details for your child that the school has emailed to you.

We put up our home learning activity grids onto Google Classroom so that you and your child can find their home learning for each term. Children have the option of completing their tasks using the computer or doing this on paper and uploading this to Google Classroom. If you do not have access to Google Classroom, then please speak to their class teacher for a paper copy of their home learning grid and your child can do all their home learning on paper.

We also share other learning information on Google Classroom from time to time.

If your child is unable to attend school due to lockdown, self-isolation due to coronavirus symptoms or quarantine after travel you will find their daily learning for them to complete at home on their Google Classroom also.



Children are expected to read regularly at home as appropriate to their age and ability.

Ideally, children should be reading every night at home. Please support your child in their reading progress by giving them some time to share their book and to hear them read or read with them.

Any reading which your child does with you should be recorded daily in their Home-School Contact Book. Please sign your child's Home-School Contact Book every time that you have heard them read.



Year 1:

Year 1 children will be given spelling home learning weekly (every Friday). All children have five spellings to learn each week. Spellings will be tested the following week on Thursdays. Children can bring their pink spelling books back to school on either Thursday or Friday for the next week's spellings.

The children have a different spelling activity to complete each week in their books to help them to learn their spellings. Information about each activity is listed in the front of your child's pink book.

The spellings that are sent home each week are linked to the phonics phases 2-5. The five spellings may be linked to one or several of the spelling patterns taught as part of the phonics phases.

Years 2 to 5:

Children will be given a spelling pattern to work on, but not a 'word list'. Children will be asked to research their spelling pattern and will be tested on 5 words at random that contain the spelling pattern.

We are doing this so that children learn to apply the spelling pattern rather than learn words by rote. When tested, the children will be awarded 1 point where the spelling pattern is correct, but there may be errors in spelling the rest of the word, and 2 points for a word spelt correctly. Their score for the test will therefore be out of 10.

Year 6: 

Home Learning is set by Miss O'Doherty, Mr Jasper and Mrs Murphy as part of Year 6 PPA Cover revision sessions each week. 



We are conscious that parents sometimes feel that the methods that their children are now taught are very different from the methods that they grew up with. Please approach your child's class teacher if you have any queries.

You may also find the following calculations policies helpful to read as it sets out the methods taught in each year group for the four operations.





Fraction & Ratio


Year 6

In addition to the above, children in Year 6 are set further activities that will enable them to prepare for High School.