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Welcome to Cormorant Class
Miss Lynham teaches Cormorant Class and is assisted by Mrs Moody.
Homework reinforces skills covered in class and encourages independence. It is set every Friday and needs to be returned by the following Tuesday. Any homework not completed will need to be completed during break or lunchtime. Each week homework will be clearly explained to the children, however in the event of any confusion, please don’t hesitate to ask me.
The homework will vary week on week and could be maths, English or topic based.
Children learn in different ways and some forms of learning may appeal more to one child than another. Each half term a project will be set to be completed over a longer period (clear dates will be given on the homework and class page). Your child will have a choice of projects to complete related to our current topic. They can choose the one that appeals to them most.
Spellings are an important part of your child’s homework. These will be given out in advance at the beginning of each half term. These are related to the Year 3/4 statutory list and focus on specific spelling patterns or word families. 

Please ensure your child is reading at least 3 times a week and that it is recorded in their reading diary. Your child is welcome to record it themselves but it must also be initialled by an adult. Every half term, the number of reads is added up and children are presented with reading karate bands. There is a strong correlation between children who read lots at home and their performance in school and later life. Here are some top reasons to read:

1. Children who read often and widely get better at it.

Practice makes perfect in almost everything humans do, and reading is no different.

2. Reading exercises our brain.

Reading strengthens brains connections and builds new connections.

3. Reading improves concentration.

Children have to sit still and quietly so that they can focus on the story when they are reading. If children read often, they will develop the skill to do this for longer.

4. Reading teaches children about the world around them.

Through reading a variety of books, children learn about people, places, and events outside of their own experience.

5. Reading improves vocabulary and language skills.

Children learn new words as they read. Subconsciously, they absorb information on how to structure sentences and how to use words and other language features effectively in their writing and speaking.

6. Reading develops a child's imagination.

As we read, our brains translate the descriptions we read of people, places and things into pictures. While we are engaged in a story, we are also imagining how a character is feeling.

7. Reading helps children to develop empathy.

As children read, they begin to imagine how they would feel in that situation.

8. Reading is fun.

A book doesn't take up much space and is light to carry, so you take it anywhere and can never be bored if you have a book in your bag.

9. Reading is a great way to spend time together.

Reading together on the sofa, bedtime stories and visiting the library are just some ways of spending time together.

10. Children who read achieve better in school.

Reading promotes achievement in all subjects, not just English. Children who are good readers tend to achieve better across the curriculum.