Home Learning

Winchelsea School
Guernsey Road
Poole BH12 4LL

Home Learning Policy

Version 1.1 Review Date 01.09.18
Review Cycle Biennially Review Due 01.09.20
Author / Owner Hannah Parry

WINCHELSEA SCHOOL HOME LEARNING POLICY

Introduction

Home learning is an area where parents and carers can actively support and be involved in the learning that is undertaken by their child. Home learning is any activity, designed to support learning beyond the classroom.

At Winchelsea we believe that a programme of home learning actively supported by parents / carers can make a significant contribution to pupils’ learning.

The purposes of home learning are to:

  • provide an opportunity for pupils to demonstrate their understanding of class learning;
  • consolidate or extend previous or current class learning;
  • prepare for future lessons;
  • provide an opportunity for either independent or supported learning at home;
  • help pupils understand that extra study can result in higher achievement;
  • help parents / carers feel more directly involved with their child’s progress;
  • assist in meeting the demands of the school’s external accreditation programme;
  • raise self‐esteem and confidence, and
  • support achievement of targets within their Educational Health Care Plan(PPT’s) and additional therapy programmes.

We also acknowledge that some parents /carers would prefer that home learning is not sent home. Parents /carers are provided with EHCP target’s and information about the topics being  studied on a termly basis. This provides the opportunity for parents / carers to enrich teaching and learning provided by the school by undertaking supportive visits or research if they judge this to be appropriate to their child. Teachers also aim to work closely with parents /carers in the development of self‐help and independence skills and in the management of behaviour, where consistency between home and school is especially important.

Early Years Foundation Stage

In the Reception Class we aim to ensure that we work as closely as possible with parents / carers.

We feel it is important for all parents and families to be fully involved in sharing and supporting the learning that their child undertakes at school. With this in mind all pupils will be provided with a home/school book in order for communication to be passed on daily.

Parents /carers will receive regular information with suggestions of play activities that can be done at home with their child, and this will further support the areas we are developing in class.

It is also encouraged that parents /carers try to find time to share books with their child focusing on a variety of elements that they can see.

Occasionally there will be a request for parents /carers to bring something from home related to the topic we are doing. This is to help their child begin to make a connection between school and home. We are always interested in events and activities at home so we can talk about them too.

We would ask that parents / carers please record any ‘wow’ moments in the home/school book so that this can be added to pupils’ learning journals.

Pupils with Moderate Learning Needs

In response to parental willingness to support their child in completing additional learning at home, class teachers will set tasks each week in the form of spellings, reading or activities related to the topic being studied. Parents /carers will have the option at the start of the year of selecting whether or not their child receives additional learning for home. Where possible, more than one night will be given to complete the tasks to give families some flexibility. We would not wish to put any pressure on parents /carers to ask for home learning. The majority of our pupils need a lot of support to complete their learning and we recognise that this does place an extra demand on parents /carers.

Pupils with Severe or Complex Needs

All parents /carers are encouraged to read and play with their children. Activities may be sent home to share from time to time or families may be requested to support their child’s learning by sending in objects or photographs from home in connection with a specific topic. Teachers are always willing to give advice on ways of extending learning at home and will send specific materials if requested. The development of communication skills is a priority for all pupils. For those pupils using specific programmes such as Picture Exchange Communication Systems (PECs) and sentence books, parents /carers may be asked to extend this technique into the home environment. Speech and Language reports will be shared as routine through the Annual Review process but activities can also be shared with the home if requested.

Home Learning Activities

The following are examples of home learning activities that may be set. This list is by no means exhaustive:

  • maths games;
  • reading / researching items related to a lesson;
  • worksheets;
  • practise of self‐help / life skills;
  • symbol activities;
  • finding information;
  • maths workbooks;
  • drawing;
  • watching a specific TV programme;
  • cutting and pasting and sequencing tasks;
  • tasks related to Accredited Schemes (Key Stage 4)

Parents carers are encouraged to discuss any issues related to home learning via the home /school book, at the Annual Review meeting, Parents’ / Carers’ Evening or by contacting the class teacher directly.

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