Home learning at SIJS aims to:
* foster an effective partnership between school and home in attaining the school’s aims;
* consolidate and reinforce skills and understanding, particularly in English and maths;
* extend school learning;
* encourage older children to study more independently so preparing them for the requirements of secondary school.
Our recommendations and guidance for the amount of time to be spent on home learning are:
Years 3 and 4 – 20 minutes a day (or the equivalent of over time)
Years 5 and 6 – 30 minutes a day (or the equivalent of over time)
Home learning for Maths and English will be set weekly which is linked to their learning in class, either consolidating or extending their understanding. Staff collect home learning in every Monday and feedback to pupils by the following Wednesday when new home learning will be set. Home learning diaries are checked daily so that teachers are able to respond to parents’ and carers’ comments and monitor reading targets.
In year six, as part of the lead up to pupils’ national assessments (SATs), home learning is set from study books in the second half of the autumn term, provided by the school, to allow children to revisit and consolidate their learning.
There are additional opportunities to access homelearning online by using the learning platforms Mathletics, Spellodrome and Times Tables Rockstars. If pupils are unable to get online at home we can make provision available for them before school or during home learning club, run by support staff every Wednesday, while teachers have weekly staff training. In the Spring term, Year 6 can also attend a weekly study club with Year 6 teachers to support and provide workshops and feedback.
Reading at home
We also expect adults at home to hear their children read, encouraging their child to read a variety of different texts which can be found in the Hive (school library) at school. Consolidating the key skills of spelling and number facts / times tables is also essential daily practice. At SIJS, each pupil is given a list of bronze, silver and gold spellings and number bonds/times tables package at the beginning of the half term to be quizzed weekly. Parents and carers are responsible for practising with their child at home before teachers carry out the final assessment at school. An example of a spelling list at SIJS is below:
The most important aspect of home learning is that if a pupil is experiencing any difficulties, parents and carers communicate this to us quickly so that we address it, almost always helping others at the same time. Home learning is not meant to add stress and upset because pupils learn really effectively during the day and are tired when they get home, particularly if they take part in other clubs or sports outside school as well.
We would encourage any parent or carer with a concern to come in to school and discuss it with us so that we can help, explain and adapt things so that any problems can be overcome. The expectation is that home learning opportunities will be part of our educational provision and that all pupils take part.
‘Working together we can ensure your child learns successfully and happily’
For further guidance on supporting your child with reading at home, please CLICK HERE.
For further guidance on supporting your child with spelling at home, please CLICK HERE.