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Tansley Primary School

Home School Learning Policy

Introduction

Learning at home is an essential part of good education. Regular homework is important, since it gives pupils the opportunity to practice at home tasks done in the class, and helps the pupils work towards improving important skills. It also helps children to become confident and independent in their learning, which will help throughout their time at school, and in adult life.

 

Rationale:

At Tansley Primary School our Home School Learning Policy aims to recognise the role of parents within a range of social and cultural home settings, as partners in creating the development of the child’s self-concept as a lifelong learner.

 

Why set homework?

Homework refers to any work or activities that pupils are asked to do outside lesson time – either on their own or with parents or carers. At Tansley Primary School we set homework for a variety of purposes:

 

1.To raise attainment

2.To improve the quality of learning experiences offered to children

3.To promote a firm and effective partnership between parents and teachers in relation to children’s learning

4.To increase parents/carers understanding of the curriculum and provide an opportunity for parents and children to work together to enjoy learning experiences

5.To practise or consolidate basic skills and knowledge (e.g. reading, spellings, number bonds, times tables).

6.To encourage independent learning

7.To extend learning in the community – e.g. through the use of the library, local environment etc

8.To encourage our older children to develop confidence and self-confidence and self-discipline needed for study on their own and in Year 6 to prepare them for Key Stage 3.

 

Aims

In setting homework our aim is to ensure that:

 

  1. Tasks are carefully planned and structured to support progression in learning
  2. The needs of individual pupils are taken into account
  3. There is a consistency throughout the school with all staff following the same homework policy
  4. There is a regular programme so that everyone knows what to expect each week and parents are clear about what their child is expected to do
  5. Parents understand that the purpose of homework changes as the children gets older
  6. Children receive appropriate feedback

 

Time Spent

 

The precise amount of time children spend on homework is much less important than the quality of the tasks set and the way they are planned to support learning. Schools now have greater flexibility in their approach to homework and parents have a wide range of views about when and how much homework should be set by the school. Our policy enables the parent and child to work closely at home in ways that they are confident and is relevant to them.

 

Homework Tasks

 

  1. The ‘Core’ elements of homework for all our children include:

 

  • Developing and working on reading skills with adult support
  • Reading for enjoyment
  • Learning sounds/spellings
  • Learning/practising number bonds/times tables
  • For children taking Key Stage 2 SATs there is a planned revision structure for children. Teachers responsible for this give details to parents about revision homework and “Booster Classes” provide further support.
  • Occasionally unfinished work may be sent home to complete (although this is normally done in the school day)

 

  1. The ‘Learning Log’ elements of homework for those parents and children who want to engage further with learning for pleasure to become lifelong learners. It supports parents and children in engaging with learning at home based on their interests, a visit, an event or current affairs. This enables flexibility and creativity in how the child approaches a topic. Children are given opportunities to share their work in school through displays and presentations.

 

Implementation:

Homework is a tool to reinforce what has been learnt in class. When work is returned to school, it is used to support children’s class work in different ways (i.e. spellings for a test, number facts, research and projects linked to learning in school).

 

As children progress into the final year of the Primary phase (Y6) it is recognised that in order to be ‘Secondary Ready’ children need to acquire stamina towards more formal tasks and personal organisational skills.  However, at Tansley Primary School these more structured pieces of homework must still be relevant to Assessment For Learning – AFL.

 

How Parents and Carers can help:

Parents and carers play a vital role in the home learning process.  Some of the ways they can help are:

 

·         Provide a suitable and quiet place

·         Encourage and support their children

·         Listening to the child and sharing the learning

·         Extending activities where appropriate

·         Reading to their child and hearing them read

·         Signing Home/Learning log or Reading Journals each week

·         Any serious concerns are not written in children’s books but communicated in the appropriate manner.

·         Transition to be secondary ready for a more structured level of learning at home from Y6 to Y7.

 

It is involvement in joint activities which is so valuable in encouraging and promoting learning for every child.

 

Monitoring:

 

The Governing Body monitors the effectiveness of this policy on a regular basis.  Class Teachers monitor at least once per week the Home / School Diary for homework completed and the reading journal.  The Headteacher also monitor samples of these each term to measure how successful this is being implemented and inform AFL.

 

Other relevant documents

 

Learning and Teaching Policy


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