Home Learning Policy

What is 'Home Learning’?

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“Home Learning is any activity which pupils are involved in outside the normal school day that contributes to their learning, either on their own or with others.”  Dfe, ‘Raising Standards’.

We see home learning as an important way of not only establishing a successful dialogue between teachers and parents, but also involving parents in the education of their child.  Families are in a unique position to provide some very important opportunities for their children that perhaps a school is unable to provide.

The DFE guidance suggest that children in Years 1 & 2 should have ten minutes of activities per night.  Children in Years 3 & 4 should be involved in twenty minutes of home learning per night and Year 5 & 6 children should be involved in thirty minutes per night.

Teachers will normally set home learning tasks once a week, over and above the usual reading tasks.  These will be written in your child’s wallet.  However, home learning activities do not have to be prescribed by the teacher and may include: reading, walking the dog, attending a club, playing a board game, visiting a museum, going swimming etc., all of which are invaluable development activities.  Let us know if you do any other activities that you would like to share with us.

Children also need time after school to play, socialise and engage in family activities.

Home Learning Tasks should not be stressful nor should they cause problems at home.

We believe learning should be fun!

How parents can help?

To be effective, home learning needs to be part of a wider partnership between parents and school.

It is a fact that children develop their skills, interests and talents when parents encourage them to make maximum use of the experiences and opportunities that are available outside of school

  • Check your child’s Home Learning wallet.
  • Research something that interests your child.
  • Extend the home learning tasks by using appropriate websites or library resources.
  • Find a suitable place to engage in home learning tasks (it is a good idea to turn off the TV while you learn together.
  • Share reading every day.
  • Go out and about – learn together!