Home learning guidance for parents
We recognise that learning does not take place exclusively in school and that opportunities for home learning can vary. Sometimes teachers will set specific learning challenges: sometimes children will want to research and develop their own ideas and sometimes children show a genuine interest in independently practising skills they have started at school. In each of these cases, quality parental involvement enhances the learning opportunities.
All pupils have the right to equal access to home learning opportunities, as they do in all areas of education. We do, however, recognise that each home situation is different and that parental involvement will vary as a result. Some home learning activities are designed to be completed by children with parental support and some need to be carried out by the child independently. However, it is important that parents get as involved as they can as this will result in a quality discussion about their childʼs learning experiences.
Our home learning aims:
• To provide opportunities for direct involvement of parents in their childʼs learning
• To make children aware that school is not the only place for learning
• To increase childrenʼs motivation to learn
• To develop independence and self sufficiency in working and learning
• To support and follow up learning which has taken place in the classroom
• To provide children with opportunities to practice and develop skills
• To assist childrenʼs progress and enhance achievement and attainment
To prepare pupils for the next stage of their education (eg. High School)
Possible home learning activities:
- Reading and topic research.
Key Stage One
* Reading, spelling practise, maths games and topic research
Key Stage Two
- Reading, times tables, spelling practise, maths challenges and topic research
We cannot stress enough the importance of listening to, and reading with, your child at home, especially during Reception and Key Stage 1.
We also encourage children to initiate their own home learning and practise skills or carry out research they are interested in themselves. This helps them further their knowledge and/or skills and shows they are motivated and keen to learn.
The following websites also support home learning:
Reviewed September 2019, June 2021
Next review: June 2023