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Home Learning Guidance

This document provides an explanation and guidance for parents and staff about our approach to home learning (homework).

 

At Broomgrove we are keen for parents to support and help their children with home learning. We take the view that children are likely to get more out of an activity if parents get involved and work with their child. If a parent is ever unsure about what their role should be, they should discuss it with their child's teacher. 

 

 1. Our Aims

  • Ensure consistency of approach throughout the school
  • To use home learning as a tool to help to continue to raise standards of attainment
  • Improve the quality of the learning experience offered to pupils and to extend it beyond the classroom environment
  • Provide opportunities for parents, children and the school to work together in partnership in relation to children’s learning
  • Ensure that parents are clear about what their child is expected to do
  • Encourage pupils and their parents to share and enjoy learning experiences
  • Reinforce work covered in class by providing further opportunities for the individual pupil
  • To practise or consolidate basic skills and knowledge, especially in the core subjects of maths and English.

 

2. Responsibilities (please note that any form of homework is not compulsory)

Learning at home involves responsibilities and rights on the part of teachers, parents and learners:

  • Teachers have the responsibility to provide learning opportunities for children that reinforce the curriculum taught in school, to support specific areas of learning or to prepare children for the next stage of their education.
  • Parents have the responsibility to support and encourage their child to complete the home learning activities set. (We fully recognise the variety of family units and constraints on parents supporting their child with out of school activities and therefore home learning is not compulsory.  We send home guidance and activities for those parents who do want and are able to support their child at home but at no time would a child be made uncomfortable if they have not completed their homework).
  • Children have the responsibility to co-operate and attempt to complete tasks that should be both educational and fun.

 

3. Home Learning will include:

Regular activities:

  • Daily reading.
  • Keeping up with learning to read and spell ‘tricky’ words. (This is to reinforce our daily letters and sounds session in school).
  • A weekly classroom related learning activity which will comprise of a short focused task related to what is being taught or an area of learning which will be further built upon in school.
  • Working on your child’s individual targets which are given half termly at parents’ evenings and through mini-reports.

Additional activities:

  • For the Easter holiday children can choose to take up the Headteacher’s challenge – the results of which will be displayed in the main entrance.
  • For the summer holidays children will be given a home learning pack by the class teacher.  This will comprise of a variety of activities to support your child in keeping up their key skills over the 6 week break.
  • Parents are also invited to send in celebratory WOW sheets.  WOW sheets are a way for parents to share their child's achievements at home (Appendix 1). 
  • Children are also encouraged to bring in any certificates/trophies awarded for achievements in activities that they do outside of school such as swimming or music. These will be presented in assembly and a copy posted on the ‘Broomgrove has Talent’ wall in the school hall along with a photograph of your child.

 

In addition to the above all children have access to online reading through Bug Club (Appendix 2) and Letter Join (Appendix 3).  We also keep an up to date list of recommended websites on the school website under Parents – Home Learning.

 

As a guide, the current government recommendation for home learning activities is 1 hour per week for children in Years 1 and 2. There is no government recommendation for children in Reception but we would say about 45 minutes per week.

 

4. Home learning books

Reception:

  • The home learning activity and an overview of the week’s learning is posted on the class page on the school website each week.

Year One and Year Two:

  • The focus for the home learning activity will be stuck in to the home learning book as well as on the class pages of the school website.
  • Children have a week to complete their activities.  Home learning books are to be handed in on a Thursday and will be returned to the children on Friday.

 

All home learning will be responded to by the teacher in a variety of ways such as stamps, stickers or certificates.  Teachers may occasionally write a comment.

 

THIS IS A NON-STATUTORY POLICY

This policy was written in January 2015

REVIEW: This policy will be reviewed every 3 years.

APPROVAL: Headteacher & staff plus governors from the Curriculum & Pupil Related Committee.