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 provided 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
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 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.
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
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
Children are expected to read their school reading book for about 10 minutes at least 4 times a
week to an adult, who then signs their Reading Record.
|4 x 10 minutes
= 40 minutes
|Spellings on Spelling Shed
Spellings are set in line with the new curriculum and may follow rules and patterns or may
be a set of topic words which the children need to know and understand.
Games are used to build the different words using the spelling rules for the week.
Spellings are expected to be practised on 5 different occasions over the course of a week.
Other spelling games may be played to develop spelling knowledge.
Spellings are expected to be completed using Spelling Shed independent of adult support, although an adult may need to check that spelling tasks have been completed.
|5 x 10 minutes
= 50 minutes
|Timetables using Timestable Rockstars
Children need to complete timetable games to earn 500 coins a week.
There are different games to play, some repeat the times tables until children are
confident. Other games (Studio and Soundcheck) may challenge children with more difficult multiplication and related division facts
An adult can support the children if necessary
The children can make jottings if they need to
|5 x 10 mins=
|Total weekly time spent on Home Learning Activities||1 hour 40
There are occasions when children struggle with homework or when it is not possible to complete a homework task.
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.