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Home Learning Policy

Introduction

Home learning is an important part of the education of the children at All Saints Anglican/Methodist Primary School. It forms part of our partnership with parents and all children are encouraged to complete their home learning activities. The Government suggests that a sensible programme of home learning activities for our youngest pupils  (Key Stage 1) should be designed to take, on average, about 1 hour a week. Throughout Key Stage 2 the demands should gradually increase so that, by Year 6, children are spending about 20 - 30 minutes a day on home learning. As a school, we endeavour to follow these suggestions.

Typical Expectations

We aim to provide some continuity through the school with children being set a range of activities for completing at home, mainly independently. Most home learning activities will be completed over a period of several weeks. The activities will be set out on a ‘Home Learning Challenges Sheet’. Some of these activities may be repeated each week (reading, spelling and maths investigations/challenges) and others may relate to the current Learning Journey. In this latter case, children are provided with a range of open-ended and creative activities to choose from and complete in any order. At a date later in the term, children bring their completed activities to share and celebrate with the rest of the class. Children will be provided with a book or folder to keep their things safe. If any resources are needed which are not available at home, these can be provided by the school.

Sometimes individual children may be asked to complete unfinished work at home. Children who are absent from school for more than one or two days may be given suitable work if the parents and class teacher think this appropriate.

We welcome parents’ help and support in the regular completion of home learning and pupils will receive praise and reward for trying their best; however we do not believe it fair to punish children for forgetting their home learning or not completing all the tasks.

As the school website is developed further, parental support and explanation sheets will be added in order to help parents have a greater understanding of techniques used in school. Resources to support learning, with links to websites, will be also included.

Example Activities in each Key Stage

Please note that these are examples of the type and range of home learning activities each week.

Foundation Stage children are encouraged to:

  • read every night
  • practise their sounds learned in school
  • do something related to their Learning Journey focus – find, look for, bring in etc

Later on activities might also include:

  • learn to recognise/read given words
  • learn some simple spellings – tricky words
  • play word and number games

 

Year 1 and 2children are encouraged to:

  • read every night
  • learn spellings given – tricky words or a spelling investigation (could be an activity on ActiveLearnPrimary)
  • complete a maths task and learn multiplication-table facts (could be an activity on ActiveLearnPrimary)
  • complete a choice of activities related to the current Learning Journey.

  

Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 children are encouraged to:

  • read every night, completing a ‘number of pages this week’ challenge where appropriate
  • learn spellings rules, tricky words or complete a spelling investigation (could be an activity on ActiveLearnPrimary)
  • learn multiplication-table facts up to 12 (should be known by the end of Y4)
  • complete maths games/challenges (could be on ActiveLearnPrimary)
  • complete a choice of activities related to the current Learning Journey.