Learning at Home
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 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.
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.
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.
What is a Learning Log?
Learning logs are a new way of doing homework, used in many schools. In a learning log your child can personalise their work to suit how they learn best.
The Form Teacher set the activities based on Topics studied in class
Learning logs develop your child’s thinking and learning skills and independence.
What do they have to do in a Learning Log?
Your child will be given a choice of tasks to complete over a term. They can select which activity/ies they wish to complete each week.
Your child 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. However, please do not do the work for them.
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.
When they have completed tasks, you can email your Child’s Form Tutor or post photos/ comments on Evidence Me or send them in with a note or evidence showing what they have done.
They can then share their log with friends, family and teachers.
Teachers will acknowledge work completed and will give an overall comment at the end of each half term, based upon the work been completed
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