We set home learning tasks that we hope will be enjoyable to complete and that adults and children can share and discuss. We hope that parents will engage in these activities and support their children in completing tasks and activities. Home learning will always be set according to a child’s ability, with practical support given where appropriate. For the younger children in the school, home learning tasks will include reading, spelling, maths or finding out information about children’s current topic. As children progress through the school, these tasks may in addition include children’s own extended research.
We strongly recommend that you hear your child read every day at home and ensure they bring their reading book and reading record into school each day.
Home learning tasks are set on a Thursday and we ask that they are returned on a Tuesday. We welcome parents’ comments and feedback about the children’s learning both at home and at school. While the school will set a certain amount of homework there are many other things that parents can do independently to help their children learn. Here are a few activities which might seem obvious but are definitely worthwhile:
- Reading – joining a library
- Shopping – letting children handle small amounts of money
- Writing lists – shopping, what to pack in a suitcase, plan a party – using a chalk board and chalks is good for younger children
- Playing word and number games as well as board games such Monopoly, Scrabble, Cluedo
- Noticing numbers on the bus, in the street, etc
- I Spy
- Visiting places of interest – museums, galleries
- Making models, painting, threading beads
- Using construction kits
- Laying the table and counting cutlery, etc
- Making scrap books for anything and everything, e.g. alphabet, numbers 1 to 10, holidays, pets, animals, cars, aeroplanes, pop groups