Home Learning at St. Paul's CE Primary School
- Encourages a sense of purpose and achievement.
- Provides a point of contact with parents and takes advantage of all kinds of resources for learning at home.
- Is a means of reinforcing what has been learnt.
- Is a vehicle for parental involvement, developing an effective partnership between the school and parents and other carers in pursuing the aims of the school. This is also, of course, the purpose of our home school agreements.
- Is a means of developing good study habits and the self-discipline needed to study on their own.
- Encourages a sense of ownership and of responsibility for learning.
There will be a gradual increase in home learning demands as the children progress through the school. Thus the transition to secondary school, where home learning is a regular feature, is eased.
We are aware of the interesting lives our children lead at home and do not wish to encroach upon this important aspect of their development. Teachers are sensitive to the demands made upon individual children when setting home learning. Time Allocation for Home Learning (as recommended by the Government).
Year 1 and Year 2 - 1 hour per week Year 3 and Year 4 - 1.5 hours per week Year 5 and Year 6 - 30 minutes per day Note: The daily reading, which the government also recommends for all children, can be done as part of home learning. Taking all the above into consideration, home learning at St. Paul's CE Primary is set as follows:
Reception: Reading Books go home every night and are changed once a week. Children also receive home learning every Friday - which can either be 'Talk' based or an activity for the children to do - for example: building a den at home. Occasionally, children will receive phonics/handwriting or maths home learning - linked to the children's current needs.
Year 1: Reading: Book taken home on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Word lists: Usually given every week - a list of words to learn to read and learn to spell. Home learning sheets: usually one sheet given weekly based on spelling/writing/reading/maths or another curriculum area.
Year 2: Reading: Children's reading books are changed at least twice a week and are encouraged to read their own books at home out of their own interests. Spellings: Are in the front of their home learning books and are dated when they need to be learned by. Home Learning Sheets: Usually one sheet given weekly, based on current class work in writing/reading/maths.
Year 3: English: Reading books taken home every day. Maths and English home learning to go out every Friday, also Spellings will go home on Monday to be learned for their test every Friday.
Year 4: Tables and Spellings to learn weekly. Reading books taken home 2-3 times a week or every day in some cases. English and Maths home learning weekly. Miscellaneous topic related work (history/science etc.) as and when appropriate.
Year 5: Maths and English Home Learning goes out every Monday, Spellings go out every Tuesday and Reading Books to be taken home every day.
Year 6: Spellings – Children will receive spellings every Monday and will be tested on Friday Morning. Each Friday children will receive a reading comprehension and Maths work, which needs to be brought back by Tuesday. It is essential that children know their times tables so they will also be given a table to learn each week and will be tested. Your child may also be given short pieces of maths or English work on a regular basis to support their learning in class, if this is appropriate.
The Role of Parents and Carers in Supporting their Children
In general terms, it would be beneficial for parents and carers to:
- Provide a reasonably peaceful, suitable place in which the children can do their home learning - alone, or for younger children, together with an adult.
- Make it clear to their children that they value home learning and support the school in explaining how it can help their learning.
- Encourage their children and praise them when they have completed home learning.
Special Educational Needs
In addition, children receiving Special Educational Needs provision may need to practise at home or complete individual projects. Absence through illness or injury - Every effort is made to work with the family in these instances. Holidays taken in school time are actively discouraged. However, home learning is sometimes requested by parents; when it is suggested that the child could keep a diary or a scrapbook.
Reading books can be sent home (not during summer break) or research could be requested. Staff are prepared to welcome anything children bring in from their holidays.
....."The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing....." Albert Einstein