Homework

We know many parents and carers are always very keen to support their children at home and we hope you find this information helpful in supporting you to do this, however if you would like additional subject specific homework please contact your child’s teacher.

One of the best ways to do this is simply talking with your child about their day and their learning experiences in school. One of our priorities is to develop pupil’s use of high quality talk and communication which will support independence, life skills and develop social skills.

We recognise and understand how tired some pupils are at the end of the day and also that homework can cause further anxiety for some pupils, making it increasingly difficult for parents and carers to complete school work at home with their child.

Therefore, we do not set daily homework for pupils or have expectations that pupils will complete certain amounts each week. The following suggestions to support learning at home is in light of this.

Reading

Reading should always be an enjoyable, shared experience where children develop a love of books and stories.

Please continue to read and share a range of books with your child, encouraging them to talk about events, characters and illustrations. Asking them lots of questions about what they read will help develop their comprehension.

Probes – some pupils take home probe books to practice key words, sounds and maths facts.

Learning Logs

All primary pupils have a learning log to use at home.

Learning logs develop thinking and learning skills and encourage independence.

Each log is unique to that child and allows them to share their knowledge and understanding in a variety of ways.

Each half term pupils are given a choice of 9 topic related tasks to complete if they wish. Pupils can record their work in any way they like, to show an understanding and knowledge of the activity they have chosen.

They can work independently or supported by an adult or sibling. They can draw, cut, make, stick, make little booklets, charts, posters, write their work down anyway they like.  They may also wish to use their ICT skills or use photos.

Activities

Teachers may provide pupils with further opportunities to continue learning at home. This may be through a task, activity or design and make activity. They may also be asked to practice a key life skill.

Homework Books

Maths and English homework books have been devised using the Grange Steps to enable pupils to complete work at home to support learning.

The differentiated books cover 3- 5 steps each and can be covered over time. Pupils can pick work appropriate to what they have learnt or are learning.  Pupils can choose to complete work from a lower step as revision, or a higher step as extension, challenge.

Grange Academy is a Unicef Gold Rights Respecting School and Gold Artsmark School. Ofsted rated ‘Good with outstanding leadership’ (July 2017).
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