Home learning at Staverton
What we do
We define homework as any activity that pupils undertake outside of school lesson time, either on their own or with the support of family members. At Staverton, we have a strong commitment to parental involvement and see homework as one way of developing this partnership.
Whilst we support the importance of learning at home, Staverton is not a school at which homework dominates home and school life. We accept that not every activity will capture children and parents’ imagination and that weekends can sometimes be busy. We believe that homework should be enjoyable and manageable for all concerned and that if it becomes a chore/burden/source of conflict it ceases to be a constructive aspect of teaching and learning.
We do not specify amounts of time that must be spent on a task, preferring individual children and families to set their own routines. Individual teachers are happy to give advice. We hope the children are motivated by positive incentives and by the tasks themselves; children are not punished if they fail to complete the work and homework isn’t compulsory. Teachers will monitor who is completing homework, mainly so that we can gauge the impact of these tasks and discuss this with parents. Reading, and a love of reading, remain the cornerstone for all learning and homework is no exception.
Why we do it
- It can further stimulate enthusiasm for learning;
- It takes advantage of the home environment and resources and the chance for one to one adult time;
- It can be a great source for gathering topic information to share with all the children;
- It is a great opportunity to rehearse key skills such as times tables, doubling facts, addition sums, spellings, handwriting and other key facts;
- It helps to foster good habits of organisation in preparation for the demands of Secondary School;
- It can inform parents about work going on in class.
What that looks like
- All children are encouraged to read every day at home. Children will get weekly opportunities to change their books. In KS1, children will also be given RWI books to practise their phonics.
- Teachers may also set homework tasks for other areas of the curriculum; English, maths, history, geography etc. The work should always have been explained and discussed in class before coming home; it may be a continuation of classwork, or a maths game already familiar to your child. It’s not our intention to send work home that the child cannot already do i.e. parents are not expected to teach new skills.
- Teachers may give children a ‘menu’ of options. Children can then choose which task they would like to complete. None of these tasks are compulsory and a reasonable time frame will be set.
- The tasks set will not always need to be handed in; there are other ways in which teachers will respond or give feedback, for example, sharing results in class discussion, putting work onto a display or commenting on Google Classroom
- In the few weeks prior to SATS, the Year 6 children may be given additional revision work.
- We do not give homework out over the holidays.
- Sometimes, parents and teachers may agree that extra work would be beneficial.
Google Classroom pages are where we regularly communicate and engage with children at home. They are a secure platform where you can post assignments and communicate with teachers. Please follow the links below to be taken to your child’s google classroom page (they will have received a log in):