In order that our pupils can attain the highest standard (spiritual, moral, social, cultural and academic), we recognise the crucial importance of an active educational partnership between home and school. Home Learning is just one of the ways in which we seek to foster this partnership. Home Learning encompasses a whole variety of activities instigated by teachers and supported by parents in order to facilitate children’s learning.
The Purpose of Home Learning
Regular, well planned Home Learning opportunities can:
- Enable pupils to make maximum progress in their academic development.
- Develop good work habits and self discipline for the future.
- Encourage skills and attitudes which help children improve their educational performance.
- Help parents gain insight into their child’s schoolwork and promote partnership between home and school.
- Develop skills of independent learning
- Offer access to resources not found in school (public libraries, local museums etc.)
- To consolidate and reinforce learning completed in school and assist in preparation for future class work.
- Provide a context for pupil/parent interaction.
- To foster the partnership between St James and parents in achieving the aims of the school for the benefit of the child
Aims and Objectives
Our aims in setting Home Learning tasks are to:
- Give children further practice of the skills and concepts learnt during the school day.
- Extend and support the learning experiences in school via reinforcement and revision.
- Provide opportunities to use and apply concepts learnt in school.
- Enable parents to share in their child’s education in partnership with the school.
- Provide progression towards independence and individual responsibility throughout the school to prepare the children for transfer to secondary school.
- Ensure consistency of approach throughout the school.
- To make children responsible and organised in their learning at home as a preparation for more frequent homework at secondary school.
- To increase competencies in core skills
- To develop positive attitudes to learning beyond the classroom
|Roles and Responsibilities|
|Children will…||Parents and Carers will…||St James will…|
Enjoying and Managing Home Learning
St James understands that:
- Home Learning should take up a manageable and balanced part of children’s lives
- It should be an enjoyable portion of children’s time, when parents can take an interest in their progress.
- It is essential that Home Learning does not dictate the pattern of every evening.
- Pupil’s need time to follow their own personal interests and hobbies.
- They require time to attend out of school clubs and go on trips and outings with their family.
- They need quality time to relax and enjoy leisure activities with their family.
- They need time for exercise and play with their friends.
- These outside interests develop the ‘whole’ child and are a vital aspect of a child’s learning and development.
MOST HOME LEARNING TASKS ARE ANTICIPATED TO TAKE AROUND 20-30 MINUTES TO COMPLETE.
IF PROBLEMS ARISE WITH HOMEWORK
There are occasions when children struggle with homework or when it is not possible to complete a homework task. For example:
- Homework may be too difficult or be taking too much time
- Or if at home, circumstances may arise which make homework difficult to complete
- If any problems with homework arise then it is parent’s responsibility to please let your child’s Class Teacher know at the earliest opportunity so that we can modify arrangements as necessary.
Appendix 1: Marking of Home Learning
All Home Learning completed by the children will be marked as follows:
Marking will be completed by an adult in green pen.
An adult has seen and read through your work carefully.
A Gold, Silver or Bronze Star will be used to indicate the following
Gold Star = Home Learning has been completed to an exceptional standard in relation to the child’s ability
Silver Star = Home Learning has been completed to the expected standard in relation to the child’s ability.
Bronze Star = Home Learning has been handed in, but is below the expected standard in relation to the child’s ability.
In some Home Learning, where it is appropriate, you may also see
Green Highlighting = This piece of your Home Learning shows great understanding or skill
Orange Highlighting = This piece of your Home Learning needs looking at again and correcting
A comment made by the adult which relates to your understanding of the task.
Appendix 2: Weekly Expectation
|3 x 10 minutes = 30 minutes|
|5 x 10 minutes = 50 minutes|
|1 x 20 mins|
|1 x 30 mins|
|Total weekly time spent on Home Learning Activities||1 hour 50 minutes|