Michael School

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Michael Primary School
Homework Policy

Introduction
At Michael Primary School we believe that homework is an essential part of a child’s school life and forms a crucial link between home and school. Homework is an extension of school and is used to support what happens in the classroom. We use ‘Learning Logs’ and other activities across the school.
Children demonstrate their understanding of key learning questions from the week’s work in class. These recording methods will vary in form, according to the focus in class, the age of the child and individual needs. The number of learning questions and amount of time children spend completing their learning logs will also vary.
All pupils have the right to equal access to home learning opportunities, as they do in all areas of education. We do, however, recognise that each home situation is different and that parental involvement will vary as a result.

Aims
Through the use of home learning at Michael Primary School we aim:
• To provide opportunities for direct involvement of parents in their child’s learning
• To make children aware that school is not the only place for learning
• To increase children’s motivation to learn
• To develop independence and self sufficiency in working and learning
• To support and follow up learning which has taken place in the classroom
• To provide children with opportunities to practise and develop skills
• To assist children’s progress and enhance achievement and attainment
To prepare pupils for the next stage of their education (e.g. High School)

The school values all kinds of home learning and also appreciates the value of family time. For this reason we have come up with various flexible options which allow you to do the amount of home learning that suits your family.

The staff have listened to feedback from parents and children and here is the result!

The Michael Partner Programme

Every child is invited to join the Michael Partner Programme.

We will provide a varied range of activities to support your child’s learning at home and to create meaningful links between home and school.

Each piece of home learning will earn a home learning stamp in your child’s planner.

Children who have earned enough stamps will be invited to a Partner Party or event (to be held every term). They will also receive primary pounds.

Home learning will be marked and discussed with your children.

Parents are entitled to opt out on behalf of their children, but should be aware that Home Learning Partner Parties are specifically for children who have chosen to complete home learning activities and have received enough stamps to qualify. We feel that home learning has a huge impact on the children’s progress.

Home Learning Activities

Research (Learning Log style)
These sorts of projects allow the children to develop research skills, i.e. using books and the internet to look for information and present it using their own words, to evaluate what they are reading and to develop presentation skills. The projects set will often be based on the IPC topic that the children are learning about in school. They may also include literacy activities and open-ended maths investigations. Your child will be given a Learning Log book and it will be marked as before.

My Maths
The school has paid for a subscription to this website which allows children to practise maths skills online at a time that suits you. A workshop has been held to introduce parents to this website.

Mental Maths Books
These books are for children in Year 2 and upwards. One completed page would equal one stamp. Please request one of these books from your class teacher if you choose this option.

We understand that some children are very busy out of school doing sports clubs, learning musical instruments and so on. We value the important skills that children develop when they take part in these sorts of activities. It can be difficult to fit everything in, so if your child is short of time but would like to join the Michael School Partner Programme, they can attend Mrs Cadamy’s Lunchtime Learning Club from 12.30 to 1pm every Tuesday lunchtime. The children who attend this club can earn stamps towards Partner events in the same way as children who choose to do their home learning activities at home. This club will begin after half term.

Reading
Children take home reading books from Reception through to year 6. Children are encouraged to share a book with parents every day in Reception to year 2 and at least 2-3 times a week from year 3 to 6. It is important that reading is a fun experience and that children develop a love of books. The reading record book is a way for parents to keep teachers informed of their children’s progress in reading at home. We see this as an essential route for communication between home and school. Fluent readers will need to spend time reading silently and independently but they will also need to read aloud to adults regularly, in order to develop fluency, expression and understanding. It is important for parents to share the whole reading experience with children, discussing books, asking questions about what has been read and sometimes reading the book to the child, modelling fluent reading, prior to, or
following the child’s attempt. In Key stage 2 children may be given follow up work to do. This will take the form of a range of comprehension questions to help the children understand what they have read and think a little bit deeper about the book.
It is important to clarify that reading at home is not part of this scheme. Home reading is essential in order for your children to become confident and fluent readers.

In preparation for secondary school expectations, Year 6 pupils are invited to do as much home learning as they wish. Former pupils have fed back that they would benefit from being in charge of their own learning so that they can decide on their own manageable level.

We hope you and the children will enjoy these varied activities and opportunities. We suggest that they will gain the best experience if they do a variety of different activities, e.g. Learning Logs one time and My Maths the next. Children who are very keen may choose to do lots of different activities and they will be rewarded accordingly, in other words it would be possible to earn more than one stamp in a fortnight. However, we will look for around one stamp each fortnight in order to qualify for a Partner Party.

Children’s Involvement
We will ask the School Council representatives to discuss the possible treats for Partner Parties with the children in their class so that we can provide incentive activities that your children will really value and enjoy.

Holiday Homework
The staff and parents have agreed that holiday homework will not be set. However, should parents wish to complete projects etc with their children, these will be welcomed into school and valued by the class teacher. These may take the form of reflecting on the previous termʼs work, or a holiday diary etc.

Pupils with Special Educational Needs
Children will be set learning log questions in accordance with recommendations for their year group, unless otherwise stated in their Individual Education Plan. Additional homework to support children with a particular difficulty may also be provided, where appropriate or at parental request.

More Able Pupils and Rapid Learners
Pupils who are very able or have particular talents may be given additional tasks designed to challenge and extend them, meeting their individual needs.

Use of Computers
Many children have access to computers at home and may wish to use ICT to support them in preparing or presenting their homework. Children will not get additional credit for using ICT to support homework but we encourage its use where available. Computers and internet access is available through homework club.

Communication
This policy has been created in conjunction with the parents of Michael School, and as a result we consider the expectations to be fair for each age group across the school. However, it is important that Learning Logs do not become onerous or take up too much of a childʼs leisure time. If parents find that children are spending far more than the recommended times or that tasks are too difficult for their child/ren, they must discuss this with the class teacher as quickly as possible. Equally, teachers would value hearing about activities done at home which were greatly enjoyed or helped children to achieve success.

Reviewed October 2016

Next Review October 2018

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