Hackbridge Primary School

Hackbridge Primary School

Hackbridge Road, Wallington, SM6 7AX

Federated with Spencer Nursery School


Home Learning

Children are issued with two Home Learning grids each half-term; one linked to their Imaginative Learning Project and one for Mathematics. 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.

On each grid there are three red, compulsory, core activities and then some blue activities that children can choose from. Each child needs to complete all of the red compulsory activities and then, if they wish to, some blue activities also.

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.

Year 6 children have weekly activities set for Maths because they are working towards KS2 SATs.

As a guide, we recommend that your child aims to have completed roughly half of their home learning for the half-term by the review date and then at least all of the red core activities by the final hand in date. The review and hand in 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.



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 to indicate when 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 2-5:

Children will be given a spelling pattern to work on, but not a 'word list'. Children will be asked to research their spelling pattern, complete a spelling activity and then 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 this Calculations Policy document helpful to read as it sets out the methods taught in each year group for the four operations.


Year 6

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