We have really worked hard to develop home learning at Stuart Road Primary Academy. Having previously set English and maths homework each week, we came to realise that many pupils and parents did not enjoy the work set and many parents felt that they were not equipped to support the methods of the new curriculum. Only approximately 50% of homework was returned each week and there was no evidence to suggest that this homework was impacting on standards; it certainly wasn't meeting the needs of the families of the children attending the school!
Because of this (and research that showed home learning did not impact on standards or a child's well-being) we redesigned our home learning to offer families a chance to 'learn together' by completing a range of tasks and activities that supported the children's learning at home. Recent feedback from many parents has been positive about this system, but it has also shown that families would prefer to return their home learning tasks weekly rather than at the end of each term. To address this we have decided to keep the same menu system but ask children to bring in one completed piece of home learning each week on Fridays. This is not statutory and no child will be punished or singled out for not completing a task. Children (and families) can complete tasks a range of different ways including writing, drawing, making, blogging, painting, speaking and so on. To support children with their home learning tasks we will offer a drop-in home learning club each Friday in the library from 12.30-1pm.
New learning menus will be given out at the start of each six week term. Alongside the topic activities all children will be asked to complete the following:
- Weekly reading (can be a school or home book but comments should be logged in the child's reading record book)
- Weekly tables practise
- Practise of termly spelling patterns
- Completion of My Maths tasks (for Y2-Y6)
To make sure we celebrate all home learning, we are more than happy for children to bring in sports trophies, certificates, leaflets from museums etc. in place of the completion of a home learning task. These can be photocopied, stuck into home learning books or used for 'show and tell'.
For further information about home learning please contact the school office or speak to Mr Frame or Mrs Blake.