Home Learning – New and Improved!
The school’s leadership team has spent some time re-examining our approach to home learning. This work involved looking at recent research findings, examining the policies of other schools, and gathering opinions of both parents and children within our school community. Following this work, we have made some revisions to our home learning policy – a rationale for which can be found here.
What has changed?
You will have no doubt spotted the big changes to the home learning format. Infants now have an entire page dedicated to both English and maths, whilst in the juniors, activities are no longer divided into sets. Every child now has access to the same tasks and games. The new box at the top of the home learning sheets also aims to give you, as parents, a better explanation of what the children are learning and why.
Furthermore, the previously subject-driven topic home learning instead focuses on the specific types of activities that can go on at home – discussions, craft projects, trips outdoors, as well as more challenging research tasks.
An area of the classroom will display home learning, and an acknowledgement will be made of the children’s individual efforts. For more information about this, please read our home learning rationale.
So why have we done this?
The shift from ‘sets’ home learning to an approach that considers the year group as a whole is another significant change. The new curriculum in English and Maths is arranged so that all children work through the same objectives but at different levels of depth and pace. We have decided to reflect this approach in our home learning policy, offering a range of activities which focus on one particular skill set or theme. Some tasks support children who find concepts difficult, while others provide greater challenge.
We see great benefit in helping parents to support their children. By providing you with information about what your child needs to know and do, we hope that these new home learning sheets will give you the knowledge and confidence to better support your child.