Homework at Over St John’s

There is a daily space in your child’s reading diary for an adult to tick and sign so that there is a record of homework being completed. This will be checked by your child’s class teacher on a weekly basis.


All children are expected to read at least four times a week and this should be recorded and signed in their diary. It is important that your child enjoys their reading books and your child’s class teacher will be happy to give advice on appropriate choices. Children will bring home a staged book and a book that they have chosen to read for pleasure.

Reading for homework can take any of the following forms:

Independent reading of books from school

Sharing a book together

Answering questions about the book


Mental Maths/Times Tables



Learning our timetables and being able to recall them quickly and fluently is an important part of our Maths curriculum as it supports and helps the children in all areas of their Maths. We will be working extremely hard in Blakemere to develop a fluent recall of our time tables. We will have weekly practise and your child will be expected to learn a given times table at home each week. Children need to learn both multiplication and the related division facts. Scores will be recorded in their diaryAll children in Blakemere are expected to use Times Table Rockstars on a regular basis  each week to practise and consolidate their times table recall and fluency. Children are also welcome to login to Numbots if they choose to.



In Blakemere, children will be given spelling words from their year group spelling list and rules. These will be tested once a week on a Monday.

Please spend time each day with your child learning their spellings for the week. Speliing scores will be recorded in their reading diary.