Home Study Policy & Support

Home Learning - Policy

Home learning encompasses a whole variety of activities instigated by teachers for parents to support children’s learning. It can add much to a child’s development. Children benefit greatly from the mutual support of teachers working with parents to encourage them to learn at home. At SFS we see home learning as an important way of establishing a meaningful dialogue between parents, children and teachers. One of the aims of our school is to encourage independent learners. Home learning is one way in which children can develop skills to learn for themselves and therefore develop their understanding further. We have used guidelines from the DfE to develop this policy.

Research into the impact of home learning demonstrates that home learning can have the following non-academic benefits for children:

  • Learning the importance of responsibility for learning
  • Managing their time effectively
  • Developing study habits
  • Developing perseverance – staying with a task until it is complete

Aims of this policy

  • To ensure a consistent approach to home learning throughout the school.
  • To ensure that teachers, parents and children have a clear understanding regarding expectations for home learning.
  • To ensure that teachers, parents and children are fully aware of the role they play with regards to home learning.

 

SFS will follow the recommendations of home learning research. It tells us that students are likely to learn best from home when teachers work with pupils and parents to provide:

  • Information about how they can contact teachers.
  • Give a reasonable amount of feedback to pupils and families on a pupil’s learning.
  • Avoid overwhelming students by giving them too many learning activities at once.
  • Keep minds active and happy, ready to return to school when the time comes is one of the most important factors.
  • Although some online lessons may be suggested they are not desirable for primary children as the teacher-pupil interaction is not easily replicated. Parents should refer to our safeguarding policy to ensure safe use of the internet along with reviewing the guidance posted in ‘Staying Safe Online’ in the Parent Zone section of the school’s website.
  • Activities should be set that children can complete on their own, encouraging independent learning.
  • Tasks that do not require the internet or tablet to access them are preferable, as some families will not have internet access to more than one device.
  • Work and tasks will suit the age range and capabilities of the children and expected outcomes should be flexible.
  • Work should be set in bite-sized chunks. Projects can be broken down.
  • A list of flexible tasks that cover different areas of the curriculum allows children to choose the tasks that interest them.
  • A variety of tasks should be set, those which can be completed at the table, moving around and creative tasks.

 

Research supports the importance of vocabulary development from an early age. We would encourage parents to daily converse with their children about what they have learnt. Here are some examples of how you can encourage a conversation about learning:

  • Tell me about the most interesting thing you have learnt today.
  •  How could you have improved your learning today?
  •  What did you enjoy most about today’s learning?
  •  What do you predict you are going to be learning about next?

 

Please find further advice on the attached appendix:

‘How to support home learning’ – A Parent Factsheet.

 
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