Home learning

The MPPS Home Learning policy can be accessed via the following link:


As part of our whole school approach to Teaching and Learning, we have adopted the GANAG instructional model as our agreed approach to delivering the curriculum. An essential part of this approach incorporates the nine high yield strategies that were developed by the McRel research facility.

One of these strategies is Practise and Homework. Homework may be finishing uncompleted in classwork, revision of number facts, hot maths tasks, vocabulary work, reading independently for at least 20 minutes a night or time for personal writing.

Diaries are introduced at year 3/4 at our school. The diary is an effective form of communication between the school and home and as such please refer to your child’s diary to see if any work needs to be completed. For this reason, your child should have their diary at school every day. If you have any concerns about homework or other situations, please drop a note to your classroom teacher in the diary. It is expected that diaries are checked each week and signed by a parent to acknowledge this. In 3/4 A, we will check our diaries in class each Friday to ensure that the processes for diaries are being followed.

3/4 Home Reading Expectations – Term One!

Below are the homework expectations for 3/4 students for 2018, other elements may be added over the course of the year.

  • Reading at least 20 minutes each day
  • Reading to be logged in diary each day (Monday to Friday), on the right hand page.
  • A parent is to sign or initial to show that reading has been done
  • Students are responsible for maintaining reading log

Reading log should include the following information:

[Time spent reading] [Book title, Pages or chapters read] [Easy,Just Right or Too Hard] [Parent’s signature]


20 mins Charlotte’s Web, Pages 35-58 JR J. Smith


3/4 Home Writing Expectations 

  • The following two activities should occur once a week and each take no more than 20 minutes each
  • Work to be placed in homework book , reading response on the left hand page.
  • Students are responsible for maintaining homework book

Word work on the right hand page:

New Word_______________________

This word means ______________________________________________

I can use this word in a sentence. _________________________________________________________

Synonym – A word that means something similar is _________________________________

Word connection – Words that have similar parts, words that have this word inside it. _____________________

Reading Response on the left hand page:

1st Paragraph: Recount of what you have read.

Recounts are a way of retelling important parts of what you have read. When you are planning your recount, think about the important and interesting parts. Recounts are usually written in the order in which they happened. This is called chronological order.

To do this you will have to use time connectives such as: firstly, next, then, after that,

Thinks to remember are:

  • Are the events in time order?
  • Is it in the past tense?
  • Does it use time connectives? e.g. firstly, next, then, after that, meanwhile, eventually, later, finally

2nd Paragraph: Personal response to what you have read.

That is really what reading is all about – reacting to what is being said and to how the author says it! You relate the ideas, feelings and events in a passage to your own ideas, feelings and experiences. You also record your personal response to what you have read.

Thinks to remember are:

  • What connections did I make?
  • How do I feel about what I read?