NHPS Policy for Home Learning – Updated January 2017
Our home learning policy has been reviewed in the light of comments retrieved from our children, teachers and from parental questionnaires and parental consultation.
We believe home learning should consolidate and reinforce skills and understanding acrossthe curriculum and helpraise achievement of learners. We feel thathome learning provides opportunities for parents and children to work together and, thereby, foster an effective partnership between home and school.
We value the support of parents and carers and we believe that this policy will be successful if there is a strong partnership between home and school which is reflected in the Home-School Agreement.
We recognise that all children need leisure time and our policy reflects a balance so children can extend and consolidate their learning with parental support while still allowing ‘down time.’ We believe that the additional ‘bucket list will further promote recreational activities and allow learners the opportunity to share talents and skills developed outside of school.
A breakdown of how home learning is structured is provided below. This has been designed to encourage a gradual progression of skills and expectation so by the time children reach Year 6 they have established a clear routine in preparation for high school. Activities listedaredesigned to fit around family lifestyles and commitments. Our ‘foundation’ home learning activitiesincorporating reading, multiplication tables, number bonds and spellings are to be completed in shorter daily sessions.
|Early Years Reception||Daily reading book.phonics including Bug Club number cards|
|Year 1 and Year 2||Daily reading book, phonics including Bug Clubnumber cards for number bonds multiplication tablesHome learning gridBucket list|
|Year 3 and Year 4||Daily reading book, spellings, multiplication tablesHome learning gridBucket list|
|Year 5 and Year 6||DailyreadingbookSpellingsMultiplication tablesHome learning gridBucket list|
All children receive prompt feedback on their homework in a variety of forms such as:
praise and recognition during an achievement assembly
Mad time will be assigned to review home learning to allow learners to peer assess
Meet the Teacher
Each September, teachers welcome parents to share how the curriculum is set out for the cohort and share general messages for the year. During this session the teachers will explain the expectations for home learning and share the policy and Home /School Agreement. This will be a contract of agreement between child, parents and teachers.
From September 2016 learners will be signposted where appropriate to complete certain aspects of the learning grid first. Differentiated tasks will be highlighted where necessary and challenge activities to stretch learning and independence will also be highlighted on the grid.
Each week as part of Achievement Assembly children will be nominated for an award for their home learning and will receive a Headteacher’s Award in recognition of their effort. Two learners from each Key Stage will receive a special Norbury Blue Star should their home learning be voted the best by their peers.
Our gallery of Norbury Blue Star winners will be following shortly.