The Purpose of Home Learning:
At Sparsholt C of E Primary School, teaching staff recognise that pupils who have spent a busy structured day at school need time to relax and unwind at the end of the afternoon. We are also mindful of the need to encourage children to pursue out of-school activities, e.g. swimming, ballet, Beavers, Brownies, music lessons etc.
Home learning should be used to effectively reinforce and/or extend what is learned in school. We hope that children will feel a sense of personal satisfaction in a task completed well and that their efforts will be recognised and praised both at home and at school.
The school believes that a regular pattern is important and will endeavour to establish a familiar routine. At the beginning of the academic year, each class / year group will be informed of what is expected of them with regard to home learning.
Parents will also be issued with a ‘Home learning project jigsaw’ (curriculum overview sheet) each term to inform them about the main contexts for learning and suggestions for follow up home learning challenges that link in with the topics being studied.
Parents/carers are encouraged to share reading books with their children at home. Reception parents/carers are encouraged to spend 10 minutes each evening with their child reading books and practising phonics. Children will be encouraged to complete one of the home learning challenges listed on the Home learning project jigsaws.
Years 1 and 2
Parents/carers are asked to hear children read for 10 minutes each evening or for longer if children wish to do so. When children begin to learn spellings, tables and number bonds we may ask parents to help them to practise these at home. Teachers may also ask children to find something out or gather information linked to the class topic, as appropriate. Children will be encouraged to complete one of the home learning challenges listed on the Home learning project jigsaws.
Years 3 and 4
Parents/carers are asked to encourage children to read for 10 to 20 minutes each evening, to help children with spellings, recall of multiplication and division facts and help them complete English and Maths based homework tasks. Teachers may also ask children to find something out or gather information linked to the class topic, as appropriate. Children will be encouraged to complete one of the home learning challenges listed on the Home learning project jigsaws.
Years 5 and 6
Parents/carers are asked to encourage children to read for up to 20 to 30 minutes each evening and to help children with spellings, recall of multiplication and division facts and help them complete English and Maths based homework tasks. Teachers may also ask children to find something out or gather information linked to the class topic, as appropriate. Children will be encouraged to complete one of the home learning challenges listed on the Home learning project jigsaws
Other home learning activities may include:
|Progression In Home Learning
(This is in addition to daily reading)
|Reception||Short time, daily||Reading/phonics and project related tasks|
|Year 1 & 2||
10 minutes per day
|Learning high frequency words/phonics, additional spellings as required in the National Curriculum and project related tasks|
|Year 3 & 4||
15 minutes per day
|English, mathematics and project related tasks including spellings and times tables and related division facts|
|Year 5 & 6||
20 - 30 minutes per day
|English, mathematics, home learning challenges and project related tasks, spellings and times tables and related division facts|
|Timings are a guideline and may vary|
Please see the Curriculum section of the website. visit the relevant class, open the class information sheet (pdf), to find out which days homework is set and should be returned.
Please see our Home Learning Policy in the policies section of this website.
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