Changes to Homework October 2018
Over the last year we have been looking at ways to adapt our home learning policy and make it more flexible and relevant for our children and families. Throughout this process I have been talking to parents, children and staff and reflecting on the changes we have made.
With this in mind we will be making further changes after the half term holiday and we will be adapting the current policy to make it a little more focused whilst also reducing the amount of time spent completing formal tasks at home. The half termly creative home learning overviews, linked to class topics, will now give a range of optional tasks, trips and activities for your child to complete. These will no longer be recorded as formal homework but will be celebrated in school if the children choose to share activities they have completed.
We hope the reduction in formal tasks will allow parents to spend more time listening to their child/children read, supporting them on Times Table Rock Stars or other mental maths activities. Class teachers will use the reading records to monitor how often children read at home and will check online to see how often Timestable Rock Star activities are being completed.
When the children reach Year 5 and 6 additional maths and literacy activities linked to class work will be distributed each week.
We hope that this removes a little of the pressure associated with home learning tasks, gives you more time to listen to your child read and allows the children more time to enjoy their evenings and weekends.