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Home Learning Policy

ST PETER’S CE PRIMARY & NURSERY SCHOOL

 

St Peter’s is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children

and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

 

HOME LEARNING POLICY

AUTUMN 2015

 

Aims

The aim of home learning is:

  • to be a purposeful activity intended to reinforce and support the learning undertaken in school

  • to enable skills to be practised

  • to train children to become independent learners

  • to share children’s learning with parents

    Home learning is also seen as a vital communication link between the classroom and parents.

     

    Organisation

    1. home learning set is recorded in the home-school link book which travels with children between home and school. Children are responsible for the care of this book and ensuring that it accompanies them to school on a daily basis. Teachers provide children with the opportunity to note their home learning in the home-school link book, together with its completion date.

    Children are expected to complete all home learning set, to the best of their ability within the time allocations given.

     

    Time Allocation (per week)

    All time allocations are intended as approximations only.

    While home learning activities will increase as children move through the school, by Year 6 children will still not be expected to spend more than half an hour on home learning on any one evening.

     

    Reception 50 minutes per week (10 minutes per night, Monday - Friday)

    Years 1 and 2 1.25 hour per week (15 minutes per night, Monday - Friday)

    Years 3 and 4 1.7 hours per week (20 minutes per night, Monday - Friday)

    Years 5 and 6 2.5 hours per week (30 minutes per night, Monday - Friday)

     

    NB: If your child is spending significantly longer than these time allocations indicate that they should be on home learning tasks please discuss ways to overcome this with their class teacher.

     

    Equal Opportunities

    All children are expected to complete their home learning and return it to school by the completion date. Tasks set are appropriate to their age and ability.

     

    Home Learning Tasks

    In Reception and Key Stage 1 the main focus of home learning is reading and practising how to spell high frequency words. This could include hearing children read, reading to them and word recognition games, with the aim of encouraging children to be independent, confident readers who enjoy books. As children move through KS2, particularly Years 5 and 6, children should still read every day but, as they become more experienced readers, this may involve greater independence.

    Maths activities will include reinforcing facts, e.g. multiplication tables and number bonds, to enable speedy recall, as well as online games, such as mymaths and abacus, and mathematical problems or puzzles.

     

    Nursery Sharing books, rhymes/songs and talk opportunities;

    Reception Talk, reading / word and number activities;

    Years 1 and 2 Reading, talk, spelling and number activities;

    Years 3 and 4 Reading, talk, spelling and tables practice / maths activities;

    Years 5 and 6 Reading, talk, spelling and tables practice / math activities.

     

    Monitoring and Evaluation

    Parents are asked to sign and write comments in the home learning book on a weekly basis. Teachers/Teaching Assistants also sign the book recording children’s spelling scores and responding, as appropriate, to parental comments. Children who don’t complete home learning may be asked to stay in at lunchtime to complete it.

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    Equal Opportunities

    All children are expected to complete their homework and return it to school by the completion date. Tasks set are appropriate to their age and ability.

     

    Homework Tasks

    In Reception and Key Stage 1 the main focus of homework is reading. This could include hearing children read and / or reading to them, with the aim of encouraging children to be independent, confident readers who enjoy books. As children move through KS2, particularly Years 5 and 6, children should still read every day but, as they become more experienced readers, this may involve greater independence.

    Maths tasks may involve mentally reinforcing facts, e.g. multiplication tables and number bonds, completing worksheets, playing games and solving mathematical problems or puzzles.

     

    Reception                               Talk, reading / word and number activities;

    Years 1 and 2                         Reading, talk, spelling and number practice;

    Years 3 and 4                         Reading, spelling and tables practice;

    Years 5 and 6                         Reading, spelling and tables practice.

     

    Monitoring and Evaluation

    Parents are asked to sign and write comments in the homework diary on a weekly basis. Teachers/Teaching Assistants also sign the diaries, and responding, as appropriate, to parental comments.

    Children who don’t complete homework may be asked to stay in at lunchtime to complete it.


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