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 grids are set at the beginning of each term and are linked to pupils’ EPIC learning. Staff collect home learning in every Monday and feedback to pupils by the following Wednesday. Home learning diaries are also collected in at this point so that teachers are able to respond to parents’ and carers’ comments. We also set weekly maths home learning linked to the learning in class. This is often set online using the learning platforms Mathletics or Spellodrome. 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.
We also expect adults at home to hear their children read whenever possible, encouraging their child to read a variety of different texts which can be found in the Hive at school. Consolidating the key skills of spelling and number bonds / times tables is also essential daily practice. At SIJS each pupil has in effect their own personalised spelling and number bonds/times tables package according to their level of understanding. Parents and carers are responsible for practising with their child at home before teachers carry out the final assessment at school. PLT certificates, awarded to pupils when they complete a spelling stage or a phase in maths are given out amidst much excitement on Friday afternoons. An example of PLT at SIJS can be seen below.
In year six, as part of the lead up to pupils’ national assessments (SATs), home learning is set from study books, provided by the school, to allow children to revisit and consolidate their learning.
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 change 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’