Support Your Child’s Learning
In setting home learning we aim to encourage a strong and positive partnership between home and school, to enable parents to support classroom work and to ensure that children make the best possible progress. Home learning expectations in our school vary depending on the age of the child.
Home School Diary
All children have a home school diary which encourages regular communication between teachers and parents (communication ranges from spellings and achievements). Messages are written in this book and it is also used to record daily reading, comments and book titles. Many teachers also use it to record weekly spellings, as well as using it to communicate praise and achievements often in the form of stickers.
Key Stage 1
The youngest children are encouraged to read at home as often as possible, given sight vocabulary to learn and occasional topic-related tasks to work on with families. Older Key Stage 1 children are given guided reading tasks in addition to regular reading at home. They also have weekly spellings to learn and occasional theme-related tasks to work on with families.
Key Stage 2
Younger Key Stage 2 children are encouraged to read regularly at home and learn weekly spellings. They are sometimes given a weekly home learning task and at other times a half term project to work on with families. The content of the task can vary e.g. science, speaking and listening, art or maths. In years 4 -6 teachers and parents try to develop good habits of learning so tasks are set on a regular day and due back on a regular day. In year 4 this is a weekly numeracy task whereas in years 5 and 6 it is a weekly literacy and numeracy task. Tasks offer a chance to develop or practice learning from class lessons that week. In addition to these regular home learning tasks, older key stage 2 pupils are encouraged to read regularly at home and learn weekly spellings. They are also given links to useful educational websites and occasional longer projects to undertake at home. Parents can help by giving children plenty of encouragement and praise for their efforts – but not by doing the work for them! Above all, home learning should be enjoyable.
Attend Parent Information Sessions
These sessions are scheduled regularly and aimed at sharing current educational theory and practice with parents. They could be on how we teach curriculum subjects like reading, phonics or mathematics or they could be on issues of concern to parents like drug awareness. Some sessions are run by members of staff whereas others may involve outside speakers with particular expertise.
Meetings with Parents and Carers
There are two meetings with parents each year and the invitation to another after reports if desired. In addition to this, teachers extend an open invitation to parents to schedule a meeting if any issues or concerns arise. Teachers often chat informally with parents both before and after school and make phone calls to parents whenever any issue arises during the day. This means that there is a friendly, open and ongoing dialogue with parents.
Visit us for Open Learning Sessions
These sessions take place once a term. Parents, carers, grandparents and other family members are invited to come into school and visit classes to join in learning sessions or take part in workshops.
Take part in family learning opportunities. Family learning courses take place over a number of weeks and involve parents, carers and other family members working alongside their child under the direction of a tutor. Family learning courses can be on a wide range of subjects, from fun with maths to book-making or animation.