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Rationale for Home Learning
Home Learning is an important part of a child's education and can add much to a child's attitude to learning and development. It is an important part of the learning partnership between children, teachers and parents/carers. One of our aims is for children to develop as independent learners. We have removed the weekly worksheet-style of homework in favour of the practising of important skills, such as sounds, reading comprehension, times tables and spellings.
We do also acknowledge the important role of play and free time in a child's growth and development as well as in enhancing family life. We also promote children taking part in a wide variety of extra-curricular activities both at and outside of school.
The aims and objectives of Home Learning are:
to consolidate what is taught in school and for children to demonstrate their learning to parents/carers
to prepare for future learning
to extend what is taught in school
to help children to develop their skills as independent learners
to help children to develop good work habits for the future
to provide opportunities for parents/carers to participate in their children’s education
to allow children to deepen learning at their own pace
Amount of Home Learning
As children move through the school, there is an expectation that they will increase their learning and this puts increased pressure on the school timetable. We expect children in EYFS and Key Stage 1 to spend approximately one hour practising key skills or concepts per week, this includes reading with a parent every day. We expect children in Years 3 and 4 to spend approximately one and a half hours per week and children in Years 5 and 6 to spend up to two hours per week on practise tasks. In addition, children in KS2 are encouraged to read daily, both independently and with an adult. We give all our children a reading record in which their teachers, volunteers and parents/carers record their observations.
Inclusion in Home Learning
We set Home Learning for all children as part of school life. We ensure that the key skills needed for Reading, Writing. Maths and Science, for each year group, is communicated clearly at the beginning of each term. We also set targets to be achieved at the end of each half term, linked to the gaps the children have in their independent achievements in our tracking system. The targets we set are appropriate to the ability of the child. When setting Home Learning to children who are named on the register of special needs, we may refer to those children's SEN Support Plan or if they have a Statement or Education Health Care Plan (EHCP), their Individual Education Plans (IEPs).
The role of parents/carers
Parents/carers have a vital role to play in their child's education and Home Learning is an integral part of this process. We ask parents/carers to encourage their child to complete Home Learning Practice. We invite them to help their child as and when they feel it to be necessary and to provide them with the sort of environment that allows them to do their best. Parents/carers can support their child by providing a good working space at home, allowing computer access if possible and by enabling their child to visit the library regularly. Furthermore we recognise the value of parents/carers discussing the work that their child is doing with them, offering encouragement and a positive attitude.
If parents/carers have any questions about Home Learning, they should in the first instance contact the child's class teacher. If their questions are of a more general nature, they should contact the Key Stage Leader or the Head Teacher.
Use of Technology
Some elements of Home Learning may necessitate the use of a PC, tablet, laptop or other form of technology. The school will provide access to appropriate resources (usually through the school’s website) that the child may use to assist them with any practice tasks.
The use of ICT and the Internet has made a significant contribution to the amount of reference material available at home and the ease and speed with which it can be accessed. Rather than downloading and printing information which has been written by somebody else, the children will achieve more by producing their own work. They should either edit something they have found or express it in their own words.
There are many other websites containing highly educational material which can have a powerful effect on children's learning. Our school website provides links to the sites which will best support the children's learning and suggestions on further Home Learning opportunities will be given to parents/carers by the class teachers. Parents/carers are always advised to supervise their child's access to the Internet.
We discourage children from bringing CD ROMs and memory sticks into school because of the risk of viruses. However when appropriate, a teacher might suggest that a child's work is e-mailed to the school office.
Anyone who does not have access to the internet is welcome to come to Home Learning Club.
Home Learning Club
We offer a Home Learning Club run weekly by Teachers for any child in Years 2-6 who would like to attend. As well as adult support, laptops are available to the children.
Home learning practice will not be marked. However, teachers will monitor a child’s reading targets by hearing them read, their writing targets by examining how they are using their skills in generic transcription and composition activities in class and maths targets from weekly tables tests and again, general progress in lessons. Topic related activities will be evaluated by the children’s peers in a presentation format. Any misconceptions will be addressed with individual children in school time.
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