The school is extremely grateful to parents for their support in home learning.
By encouraging children to work on activities at home, standards can be raised as school work is reinforced. However, research suggests that it is not the quantity of homework that is critical to children’s progress at school, but the quality of time spent between parent and child. The involvement of parents is crucial to children’s achievement.
Home learning can take many forms, including:
- Formal homework, set by the school
- Hearing reading, learning tables and spellings
Additional research to add background knowledge to a class topic (eg looking through books / internet search to find out more)
Visits to gain a further insight into a class topic (eg visiting Colchester Castle to find out more about the Romans in Colchester)
The main purposes of homework include:
- The involvement of parents in their children’s current learning
- To help inform parents of what their children can and cannot do
- To utilise the home environment to extend and apply skills learned in school
- To encourage children to talk about their learning
- Enhancing children’s independent learning skills
- Be clearly explained to the children
- Be relevant and have a clear purpose
- Consolidate or extend what is being taught in school
- Have a certain element of enjoyment
- Not involve unnecessary workload for staff or parents
Practising or learning times tables, learning spellings and reading should be a key component of home learning that each child should undertake each week.
Home learning builds key skills of independence and responsibility. We appreciate the support from parents in helping their children. This support and encouragement has a very positive impact on learning in school.