At Knollmead Primary School we recognise and value the contribution that learning in the home environment can make to children’s education. This guidance sets out the purpose of and benefits of home learning, and the guidelines we follow when setting home learning activities for our children.
Our school believes that home learning should:
- Involve parents and carers in their child’s education;
- Give plenty of opportunities for children to succeed;
- Be planned by teachers alongside the other elements of children’s learning;
- Consolidate and reinforce a wide variety of skills and understanding in a supportive environment;
- Extend in-school learning;
- Provide children with the opportunity to learn in different settings;
- Develop progressively according to the age of the children;
- Encourage children to talk about what they are learning;
- Encourage children to develop the self-confidence and discipline needed to study independently; and
- Prepare children for the transition to secondary school
All Home Learning is linked to work done in class and consists of activities to consolidate and reinforce what has been learnt in a lesson, or investigation work linked to a topic. To establish a regular routine, Home Learning is given out and collected in on the same days each week.
Home Learning is set at an appropriate level for each child so that it can be completed independently, or if adult support is required, clear instructions are provided to help adults support learning effectively.
At parent/carer consultation evenings during the year, the Home Learning content is discussed, and expectations on standards made clear. The value of Home Learning is emphasised to all parents/carers.