At Cheadle Heath we like to think of homework as home learning – there is a subtle but important difference! You can work but not learn and you can play and learn – but it the key is the learning and that is what we are concerned about. Home learning can have enormous benefits and makes a considerable contribution to pupils’ progress and is important at all stages in a child’s education.
When school and home work well together, children can make wonderful progress. It is this partnership that we strive for at Cheadle Heath Primary School. All classes throughout school receive homework as identified in the schedule below. Home learning fosters positive links between home and school and allows parents/carers to become actively involved in their child’s learning. It should enhance learning, not be an extra burden! We timetable home learning so that parents and children know when to expect it. Short 10 minute focussed reading is expected to be undertaken every night.
What are learning logs?
Learning logs are our new, personalised approach to home learning. Following a homework consultation in the summer term 2015, and subsequent analysis of parental views, combined with those of the children and staff, we introduced Learning Logs in September 2015 to all pupils in Y1 – Y6. Learning Logs are designed to provide a more personal approach to homework than a ‘worksheet’ culture. They enable the child to practise and further develop their writing, topic, science and maths learning at home. The learning challenges are set on Fridays and should be returned the following Friday. The challenge may be based on the current English, Maths, Topic or Science work that the children will have been doing during the week. Learning Logs are always explained to the children before sending them home with some ‘rules’ of how they are to be completed.
Here are the ‘rules’:
- The children are encouraged to be as creative as they can – think outside the box (models, ICT, photos…)
- The work can be done over two pages but any extra sheets should be inserted at the bottom rather than go overleaf
- The children should try to have writing and diagrams/pictures in each challenge and, if applicable, number.
- To encourage partnership, work can be done as a ‘family.’
How will they be marked?
- KS1: There will be a weekly session on Friday where children will showcase their work and the class give oral feedback before voting for the learning log of the week.
- KS2: Similar to KS1 but there will be an opportunity for peer assessment and KS2 will work alongside our ‘Go Green’ and ‘Think Pink’ marking policy.
- The Learning Log will be displayed in the class and tweeted each week. They will also be showcased in our weekly achievement assembly.
After Christmas, Reception pupils take their Busy Bee Book home every Friday and return it the following Wednesday in order to share it with their peers.
Children are encouraged to take a responsible attitude in completing and handing in their work. New concepts are never given as home learning as home learning should consolidate work undertaken in class and provide school with a useful link with home. It also helps parents/carers engage with their children in their learning. It is extremely rewarding when children extend their learning themselves by researching topics and bringing information into school as it shows that the child has enjoyed their lessons and is fully engaged in the learning process.
We inform parents/carers what we are teaching and what learning we expect from children at home in the curriculum newsletters and we expect parents/carers to ensure that their children complete home learning set (as agreed in the Home School Agreement which is signed when children start school).
We regard it as our duty to help parents/carers know HOW we teach children to learn so we run workshops through the year to help inform you e.g. how we teach pupils to read and write or do maths problems etc. There are some great tips about home learning available on the BBC website here.