Home Learning – EYFS & KS1
Our pupils work very hard and the school day is packed tightly with activities that leave many of our youngest pupils quite tired at the end of the day! Pupils often have a busy programme of events outside school, which may include religious commitments, music, or sporting activities and events, which take up time after school. Pupils also need relaxation time with friends and family and time to widen their experiences with additional pursuits and hobbies away from the classroom.
There are, nonetheless, some aspects of schoolwork, which can be reinforced purposefully at home. The main emphasis placed upon home learning in the EYFS and KS1 is to develop our pupil’s thinking skills to apply knowledge they have been taught in class in different contexts. The activities sent home will usually be designed to be completed with an adult helper. This is so parents can be as involved in the learning as possible, but also helps make it fun! The activities will usually be games or activity based and should not be too time-consuming. We believe that this boosts confidence and develops the right attitude to prepare pupils for more formal homework activities in KS2 and Senior School. The EYFS and KS1 staff recognise that the activities and experiences which pupils undertake outside school are equally important in development as any set home learning, so there may be occasions on which we do not send work home. Ideally, when home learning is sent to you, it will be with a weekly time limit and should take no more than thirty minutes.
Pupils in Year 1 and 2 will receive home learning set on a weekly basis. Spellings will be sent home for the week in Year 2, with a test held in school at the end of the week. Some literacy and numeracy activities will be sent home, usually as a reinforcement to lessons. Occasionally, some Science or other topic work may be sent home as appropriate. The timescale for this will usually be at least a week.
Homework – KS2
Homework is a very important part of a pupil’s education, and can add much to a pupil’s development. We recognise that the educational experience that any school by itself can provide is limited by the time and resources available; pupils can therefore benefit greatly from the complementary learning that they do at home. Indeed, we see homework as an important example of cooperation between teachers and parents. One of the aims of our teaching is for pupils to develop as independent learners, and we believe that doing homework is one of the main ways in which pupils can acquire the skill of independent learning.
We expect pupils to spend approximately 30 minutes per night on Mathematics/English homework, plus twenty minutes reading time per night, including spellings. We give all our pupils a diary where the homework is recorded and teachers/parents may make any relevant comments. There is no set homework at weekends but occasionally pupils may be required to carry out research or project work at these times.