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Home Learning at Field End Junior School

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Home Learning at Field End Junior School

Homework or Home learning? We want all the learning that children do at our school to be meaningful and exciting. The same applies to home learning, as they spend more time at home than at school we acknowledge the importance of learning within the home environment.

Background

Top education researchers tell us that homework has little to no impact for primary age pupils, unless it requires children to rehearse and practise.  Other prominent educationalists are increasingly highlighting pressure on children and the need for them to enjoy their childhood, having a break from school work and the pressures it can bring. 

Others including the present government also argue the need for more creativity in the curriculum to better prepare children for the ever-changing modern world of work.

Research tells us that learning and understanding are deepened through repetition and practice.  Key skills such as learning times tables for maths and the understanding of spelling patterns can be practised at home. 

Learning beyond the school, with or without the support of parents, enables pupils to enjoy spending time on an extended task and lets them develop their creativity.

Our Expectations

READING

ALL children to read supervised at home for a minimum of 20 minutes a day, all sessions recorded in the child’s reading record and signed by a parent/carer.

This information is collected and recorded weekly by the class teacher.

READING RECORD – WHAT A GOOD ONE LOOKS LIKE

We also strongly recommend that adults in the home environment read to their children as much as possible. Studies show that reading for pleasure makes a big difference to children’s educational performance. We understand that parents are the most important educators in a child’s life – even more important than their teachers.

MATHS

All children have logins to DB Primary that has Maths and English games.

We are a great advocate of learning all times tables as early as possible including the division facts. All children have personalised logins for TimesTables Rockstars and we encourage the use of this at home to improve speed and recall of all times table facts.

https://play.ttrockstars.com/auth/school/student

POWER PROJECTS

Half termly Power Projects are linked to the creative curriculum and around the theme the children are being taught and will be creative.  The Power Project leaflet outlines projects and tasks to be completed across the 6 week half term.

There are also TWO separate TASKS that are completed by ALL children that are directly linked to the learning in the classroom. We facilitate this learning by offering lunchtime and afterschool home learning clubs so that ALL children are able to access materials and resources needed.

See Curriculum Power Projects for the latest tasks.

SPELLING

Half termly workbooks are sent home to reinforce the explicit teaching of the spelling rule in the classroom. Every child is expected to complete the spelling booklet at home as part of embedding and repetitive learning.

If you have any questions or queries about our policy for home learning please speak to your child’s class teacher.

February 2020

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