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 Home Learning at Gascoigne Primary

 

Rationale

Home Learning is an essential aspect to pupils’ learning.  It helps parents to learn more about what their child is learning in school and it encourages parents to spark their child’s enthusiasm and develop a real love of learning. For a pupil, it can improve thinking and memory, it allows your child to review and practice what has been covered in class and extend their learning by applying skills to new situations. When making a judgment about the standards of teaching and learning within a school, Ofsted consider the setting of appropriate, regular homework across subjects and therefore home learning is carefully considered at Gascoigne Primary School. This policy sets out the expectations of home learning for all pupils who attend Gascoigne Primary School.

 

Our Aims:

  • Ensure that parents are clear about what their child is expected to do;

  • 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 pupils’ learning;

  • Encourage pupils and their parents to share and enjoy learning experiences;

  • Reinforce learning covered in class by providing further opportunities for the individual pupil;

  • To practise or consolidate basic skills and knowledge, especially in Maths and English;

  • Encourage pupils to develop the responsibility, confidence and self-discipline needed to study independently;

  • To prepare Year 6 pupils for the transfer to secondary school.

     

The Nature of Home Learning

It should be noted that home learning can be set in many different forms with many different expectations and outcomes. It is important to remember that when setting homework there are a number of points to consider:

1. The nature and type of home learning changes throughout a pupils school career.

2. The amount of home learning may increase as a pupil gets older.

3. Home learning should not cause undue stress on the pupil, family or the teacher.

4. It will not necessarily come in the form of a written task.

 

Recommended Time Allocation

Home learning should never be too onerous nor should it ever create stress within the pupil’s family. If parents have any concerns they should not hesitate to contact the school.

Normally, more than one day (over the weekend) will be allowed for the completion of a home learning task, except where daily practice is to be encouraged e.g. reading, spellings and times tables.

 

Home Learning Tasks KS1 and KS2

Each week the school has the following expectation of home learning.  This is the same through Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 however the length of each piece may vary depending on the year group and the attainment of the individual.

 

Home Learning

Day Set

Return Day

Maths

Friday

Wednesday

English

Friday

Wednesday

Spellings

Friday

Monday

Times Tables

Friday

Monday

 

These pieces of learning will be in the home learning book.  We ask parents to support their child with this learning however it is important that you do not do it for them.  If you feel that your child is unable to access the learning or needs additional support, please let the class teacher know as soon as possible and they can then explain the learning again or offer support for your child to complete the learning at lunchtime.

 

Home Learning Tasks EYFS

Home Learning will be linked to the topics the children are being taught and will be creative.  The newsletter will give you information and ideas half termly; there may be an exhibition at the end where parents are invited to view and celebrate the creativity and efforts of the children.

 

Additional home learning expectations;

  • Pupils read daily (including at the weekend) and their ‘reading record’ is signed by the adult;

  • Times Tables/Number Facts are practised daily.

 

The school has produced a leaflet for parents with strategies and support.  The school will also offer termly parent workshops to support in understanding home learning and its value.

 

Creative home learning projects

In addition to English and Maths focused home learning, individual year groups may set ‘creative’ home learning projects which link to the topic that they are learning about through the Cornerstone Curriculum. These will usually be set at the beginning of a half term/term and pupils will be given at least a half term to complete them.

 

Marking of Home Learning

The teachers will check the home learning tasks have been completed and initial them; the teacher may correct errors but may choose to discuss verbally with the child. Older children will peer mark each other’s home learning tasks and the teacher will check and initial.

 

Role of the Class Teacher

  • To provide an explanation of home learning tasks to parents when necessary and give guidance of how they might assist their child;

  • To set up regular home learning in an easily followed routine;

  • To ensure that home learning is set consistently across classes;

  • To set home learning that takes equal opportunities into account;

  • To ensure any home learning is purposeful and links directly to the taught curriculum;

  • To reward and praise children who regularly complete home learning tasks;

  • To mark home learning and give feedback to pupils.

 

Role of the Head teacher and Governing Body

  • To check compliance of the Policy;

    To meet and talk with parents when appropriate;

  • To discuss with staff how far the policy is being successfully implemented;

  • Inform new parents to the school so that they are aware of the home/school agreement and what it entails.

 

Role of Parents/Carers

  • To sign a home school agreement dealing with home learning;

  • To support the school by ensuring that their child attempts the home learning;

  • To provide a suitable place for their child to carry out their home learning;

  • To encourage and praise their child when they have completed their home learning;

  • To become actively involved and support their child with home learning activities;

  • To make it clear that they value home learning and they support the school by explaining how it can help learning.

     

At Gascoigne Primary School we are very 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 as long as they do not take over too much. However, there are times when we will want to see what children can do on their own. It is particularly important, as they get older, for children to become increasingly independent in their learning. If a parent is unsure about what their role should be, they should discuss it with their child's teacher.

 

Equal Opportunities:

The governors and staff are committed to providing the full range of opportunities for all pupils, regardless of gender, disability, and ethnicity, social, cultural or religious background. All pupils have access to the curriculum, and the right to a learning environment, which dispels ignorance, prejudice or stereotyping.

 

 

 

 

For ideas on home learning activities please follow the link below.
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