Home Learning

Wallyford Primary Home Learning Policy

Rationale

Research has shown that the completion of home learning has a very positive and significant effect on children’s achievement and beds down positive learning habits for lifelong learning.

Purpose

It allows consolidation of work done in school

It allows for children to prepare for the work to come

It develops research skills such as using libraries and other resources

It provides opportunities for individualised work

It provides structured opportunities for parental involvement and support

It provides information for parents about the on-going work of the class

It encourages the children to develop a sense of ownership and responsibility for learning

It develops good habits of independence and self-discipline in learning

It trains pupils in planning and organising their time

How and when is homework given out?

Home Learning will be given out on Fridays and should be handed in to their teacher the following Thursday. Home learning is given out as a weekly assignment to help the children from an early age to plan when to do their home learning . It also allows flexibility if children have other activities on during the week.

Amount of Homework

Reading

Primary 1- Primary 2 ,10 minutes reading or being read to each night

Primary 3-4 , 10 – 15 minutes reading each night or being read to each night

Primary 5-7 between 20-30 minutes reading each night

At all stages children will be given books to take home to share with their parents and carers.

Activities

Primary 1 and 2 – up to 10 minutes a night

Primary 3 and 4 – up to 15 minutes a night

Primary 5, 6 and 7 – up to 20 minutes a night

Children will have a mandatory “must do” task each week which will be from a variety of curricular areas. There will also be a Brain Bonus Task which the children have the option of completing, this task will earn the children pebbles in their class jar!

Where should the children do their home learning ?

Individual children have their preferences, but in general the following conditions are thought best:

· In a warm, well lit area of the house.

· On a flat surface, preferably a table/desk for all written activities.

· For reading find a comfortable chair.

· Away from distractions like TV, pets or other family members who are not involved in the home learning.

Checklist for parents

Ask on a Friday what home learning has to be done. This has to be completed by the following Thursday.

Supervise the home learning, discuss it with your child and encourage them to do the best they can.

Please sign their home learning

Help your child to organise his/her home learning into a little each night

Home learning plays a positive role in raising a child’s level of attainment. We also acknowledge the important role of play and free time in a child’s growth and development. While home learning is important, it should not prevent children from taking part in the wide range of out-of-school clubs and organisations that play an important part in the lives of many children. We are well aware that children spend more time at home than at school, and we believe they develop their skills, interests and talents to the full only when parents encourage them to make maximum use of the experiences and opportunities that are available outside of school.

Expectations

Teachers will prepare appropriate home learning activities and mark it when it is returned on time.

Pupils will complete the activities at home and return work on the stated day. If home learning is not returned ,pupils from P2-7 ,will have to complete it on Friday during their extra break time.

Parents and Carers should encourage their children to complete their home learning and take pride in it as well as helping them to organise their time so that it can be returned on time.

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