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Home Learning Policy

 

Cerne Abbas CE VC First School, Duck Street, Cerne Abbas, Dorset, DT2 7LA

‘The Small School with the Big Heart.’

 

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Home Learning Policy

 

Date of policy November 2020

Date reviewed by the

Governing Body

T&L committee - 25/11/2020
FGB committee - 25/01/2021

Member of staff responsible

in Cerne Abbas CE VC First

School

Catherine Cresswell
Review date November 2021

 

Background

 

Our vision is to be the best we can be and it is therefore our commitment to ensure that the children are at the centre of everything we do. It is with the children in mind that this policy has been developed to ensure their education is rounded with a real depth that stretches far beyond just the content of their learning. We have chosen to re-name homework to home learning. We wish children to make the important connection that learning happens everywhere at all times.

 

Principles

 

  • The policy provides a flexible framework where the children, teachers and parents input into the home learning.

  • It will give parents the guidance that all learning outside of the school environment is valuable and crucial to support a well-rounded education for their child.

  • It will be relevant to each child’s age and current level of attainment.

  • It will allow for and support the differing preferences children show when choosing how to display their learning.

  • At the start of each topic parents will be advised of ideas that could stretch their children in relation to the topics being covered. Equally, teachers are available to discuss any specific needs with each parent. 

  • Children who do not wish to complete their home learning project should not be pushed to do so. However, they should still be encouraged to join in the group sharing discussions. It may be they are more comfortable verbalising their learning rather than writing it down.
     

Process

 

Giant Class

 

EYFS: -

 

  •  Daily reading at home recorded in yellow reading record books, RWI phonics sound card practice/high frequency words practise.
  • Handwriting practise using name card and number flash card practise if appropriate.
  • Half termly ‘Family Project’ linking learning to our topic in school. To be shared as a speaking and listening opportunity in class. 

 

Trendle Class

 

Year One and Two: -

 

  • Weekly Read Write Inc spellings.  Followed by a weekly spelling check.
  • Optional ½ termly ‘Family Project’ linked closely to applying and using reading skills to research – based on current Topic.
  • Daily reading at home recorded in home/school reading record books.
  • Occasional extra home learning that is linked to learning that takes place in school is given to the children via Tapestry. 

 

Abbey Class

 

Year Three and Four:

 

Emphasis on differentiation. Home learning is manageable as tasks are short but effective.

 

  • Alternative English and maths learning which is linked to the learning in class. The focus of home learning is either in two different ways. Firstly, it could be consolidation of learning previously taught which helps children to retain knowledge. Secondly, it could be based on future learning that will be coming up in class. This pre-learning can benefit the children as they are exposed to the learning and specifically the vocabulary that will be used.
  • It is important to note that home learning, especially the English or maths task, is differentiated with a challenge, double challenge and triple challenge system used in order for all students to access the level of learning that they need. 
  • Spellings - This is through methods that the learner’s preferred method which has been previously taught. This is followed by a weekly spelling check.
  • Daily reading at home recorded in home/school books.
  • Half termly ‘Family Project’ linked closely to applying and using reading skills to research. Based on current Topic. Emphasis on family collaboration.

 

The ‘Family Project’:

 

The idea of the ‘Family Project’ is that the children have the opportunity to develop and apply their reading skills to research a fun activity.

 

For example:
Creating a Powerpoint on Extreme Weather
Researching designs of Viking boats
Creating a Fact File on a famous British monarch
Designing and building an iconic world structure

 

The extent of these projects are entirely up to the family, therefore the amount of time spent on them is variable. We strongly feel that parents have the freedom to choose how much time they wish to commit to the ‘Family Project’.
 

A positive, purposeful and enthusiastic atmosphere

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