At Whitehall Park School we strongly believe that home learning can make a real difference to children. Not only does it provide a fantastic opportunity for you to share in your child’s learning journey and be involved in what they are learning in school, but academic studies also show that regular home learning has the potential to raise standards, to extend children’s knowledge, understanding and skills across the curriculum and also helps to improve children’s confidence, resilience and attitudes towards learning. Home learning can support your child with establishing good habits of working and organisation, and allows you to be actively involved in your child’s learning experience, which is vital to their success.
We therefore see home learning as a really important part of our school’s learning programme. And, as such, we try to set home learning opportunities that allows access to a range of different tasks to suit all abilities and provides open-ended opportunities which enables children to develop and extend their learning. Usually, home learning is planned to complement what the children are carrying out in class or may be something that begins to prepare children for the next topic, book or unit of learning.
Home learning is set on a Friday and returned on a Wednesday where we look together in class at what children have been doing at home. In older year groups, children self and peer reflect and use home learning as an additional learning opportunity.
Home learning will be set on a weekly basis and depending on the year group your child is in will consist of some or all of the following aspects of learning:-
• Reading (15 minutes a day is recommended)
Children in Year 1 will be receiving a slightly different home learning sheet this term, which allows the children to select which home learning they would like to complete. This means that if children aren’t feeling confident they can just try some of the home learning, whereas for the child who wants to challenge themselves, they will be able to choose to add extra details to their home learning or try additional spellings or sums.
Often children will be able to complete some or all of their home learning without adult support, but we always ask that parents spend some time either helping your child with their learning or looking over the learning when it is complete. We would ask that each week you either write a short comment about how your child found the learning and then also to please put your initials on the home learning so we know you have checked it.
Whilst it is great that children attempt some home learning independently (especially from Year 1 onwards), parental involvement during the week is really help supporting children with their learning journey. The more involved you are in your child’s learning, even if that is reading through what your child has written, or commenting on their drawings or helping them to learn spelling the greater success he or she will have in school. It is our hope that the variety of the home learning assignments set will help children to get into the “home learning habit.” We also want to be sure there is clear and frequent communication between home and school and that you feel a part of your child’s learning journey at all times.
5 Top Tips
• Little and Often! Encourage your child to do a little bit of homework every day so that they are not leaving it all to Tuesday night.
• In the zone! Create the right atmosphere for learning. Knock the TV off and sit at the kitchen table with all the things that you need ready to support your learning.
• Talking is Learning! Ask your child to explain to you or to a sibling what they are learning to do. Talk about the book they are reading. It will really help them to understand the learning.
• Make it real! Can you find ways to transfer the learning to a real life context e.g. calculating how much money you need for to pay for an item in the shops?
• Learning Together! Don’t be afraid to show your child that we are all still on a learning journey and need to access books and resources to support our leaning.
If you have questions regarding home learning then please do follow the usual systems for communicating with the school by speaking to your child’s class teacher or TA in the first instance. If necessary, you could also make an appointment to speak to your child’s Phase Leader or a member of the Leadership Team.
If you would like to view our home learning policy please click here.