Headteacher: Mrs J Boylan
Support with learning from parents is proven to be one of the most influential factors in ensuring a child’s success as a learner. Home Learning supports the development of an effective partnership between school and home and helps in fostering a love of learning in our children.
The purpose and value of homework has long been debated by educationalists. At Savile Park Primary School we believe that homework has a clear purpose in:
Encouraging our children to explore different resources for learning
Offering our children the opportunity to extend their learning to the home
Encouraging our children to bring their ‘outside of the classroom’ experiences into school
Consolidating and reinforcing our children’s skills and understanding
Giving added practice to our children who are unsure
Offering challenge to our more able children
Motivating our children from an early age to get into the habit of completing tasks, enjoying their home learning, seeing its relevance and experiencing its benefits
Encouraging our children as they get older to develop the confidence and self discipline needed to study on their own in preparation for secondary school
Providing our parents with a direct link to the work of the classroom
Reading Home Learning
Many years of research have shown that reading is the key to success at school. The newest research shows that children who read for pleasure are likely to do better in maths and English than those who rarely read and that reading for pleasure is extremely important for a child’s development. To this end, reading takes the highest priority in our home learning schedule. All children from Reception to Year Six are expected to read at least three times a week, either with an adult or independently, and respond accordingly in their reading record. This may be their reading book, library book or a reading activity set by their class teacher. For Reception and Key Stage One, reading records should be signed every time confirming that children have read each book in order for them to be changed. For Key Stage Two, our children should be encouraged to respond themselves in their reading records which should then be signed. Reading will also be supplemented in Reception and Year 1 with regular letters and sounds practise. Each child within school also has an Active Learn account, contact your class teacher for login details.
Maths Home Learning
In discussions with parents we understand that maths is the most challenging area in which to support our children. Therefore, At Savile Park Primary School, maths home learning focuses more on practising mental maths skills, such as number bonds and times tables, sharing a mathematical book or playing a maths games. This assists our children’s acquisition of the written maths curriculum in school at a faster pace and simplifies the support needed from parents. All children, from Year One to Year Six, have an account to My Maths home learning scheme.
The Extra Mile
At Savile Park Primary School we recognise the enjoyment and value of discovery and research, the need to have open-ended tasks in which our children can work at their own pace and the need to further develop the key skills of speaking and listening. As talk is a major precursor to becoming an effective writer, all year groups,are involved in their own topic to discuss. They need to research this at home using discussions with family members, books, the internet, television programmes or newspapers. They then prepare themselves for a class discussion which takes place the following week. This develops those key skills of speaking, listening and debating as children progress through the school. The questions explore a variety of different age-appropriate subjects such as current affairs, science or philosophy. For the younger children this may be recording with a parent using pictures and a few words. For the older children this will combine all areas of English– reading, writing, spelling and handwriting. There will be a particular emphasis on recording in Year Five and Year Six.
The Role of Parents in Supporting Home Learning
In order to fully support home learning, parents should:
Provide a reasonably peaceful and suitable place in which to complete home learning
Make it clear that home learning is valued
Encourage and praise when home learning is completed
Be involved in home learning
Parents can actively support their child if they are experiencing difficulties in remembering a skill, reading or understanding instructions or developing a strategy to complete a task. Parents are asked to annotate work to say how much support was given and if it was necessary.
If children (or parents) are having difficulties with home learning please contact your Childs class teacher for help. We want home learning to support our children’s success without creating anxiety or friction at home.