Home Learning is the work which is set outside the timetabled curriculum and is to be shared and supported by parents. It contains an element of independent study in that it is not usually directly supervised by a teacher and it represents an extension of the learning opportunities provided in school.
Home Learning is considered in relation to the rest of teaching and learning. It is one of the teaching strategies available and it reflects the objectives of the curriculum and is designed in accordance with the needs of the pupils at the appropriate stages of their development. It is planned as one of a series of learning situations and organised to use time as effectively as possible.
In Key Stage 1 children are asked to carry out simple tasks or investigations which are appropriate to their classroom activities. Spellings and tables are also learnt at home.
At the beginning of Key Stage 2, children are introduced to Home Learning in a more formal way. In Year 3 pupils are required to undertake a limited amount of work at home. During the rest of the junior school phase, the children are expected to take on an increasing amount of Home Learning culminating in a weekly 2-3 hour commitment for our oldest pupils.
In addition to any other Home Learning that our pupils are asked to do, all children will be encouraged to undertake (daily) reading activities at home. With some children, particularly those in the younger age groups, this will mean the active involvement of parent/carer. The details of the approach with guided reading are decided in each year group and across the Key Stages and shared with parents through class letters and notes.
For each Year Group parents are informed of the timings and content of Home Learning. Parents will also be given guidance on what part they might have in Home Learning activities. Each child is issued with a Home Learning Journal each half term, detailing tasks for each week.
Below you will find links to the Home Learning Journals for each year group for the relevant term.