Kirkhill Primary School
Home Learning/Work Policy
We value the extra learning that our children undertake at home in helping them to reinforce their learning that takes place in school.
Research shows that parental participation in home learning with children and the completion of homework has a very positive and significant effect on children’s achievement.
We believe that developing positive learning habits at an early age fosters and
enhances lifelong learning. This is one of our School Aims.
However, we are also aware of the many and varied ‘afterschool’ commitments that pupils and families have, so in creating this revised homework policy, we have tried to take these commitments and the views expressed by parents into account so that home learning/home work can be a positive experience for everyone involved.
Information re Home Learning/work
Throughout the school home learning/work will be given out on Friday and should be returned the following Thursday giving a full week to complete.
The exceptions to this will be the first and last weeks of term when class homework will not be issued but whole school or class holiday challenges may be set.
Another exception will be the first term of each new school session for Primary 1 children when they will frequently receive their new sounds to learn and revise .This work is really essential for them starting to learn to read but after the first term their homework will become in line with the rest of school
All classes use either a homework diary or homework folder. P1-3 use reading records to record reading tasks and we encourage parents to use these to communicate with teachers regarding queries/expectations and achievements. P4-7 record their reading in their homework diaries.
Every child will only ever receive ‘three types of homework’; this will usually be for the core curricular areas of Maths, Reading and Spelling. The work given will have been taught/ explained during class and should consolidate the children’s learning outcomes. The learning/work set will enable parents to have the opportunity to engage with their children’s education and personal development.
The emphasis of the home learning/work tasks that are set, where possible, will be related to real life learning and skills needed for the children’s future.
If other home learning/work is expected such as practical work-model making, personal projects or talks, research, quiz re general knowledge etc. then the core areas will be reduced / stopped to take account of these expectations. If ‘active home learning /work’ is set then a longer time scale will be allowed.
If access to a computer is required for any part of a pupil’s homework and a computer is not available at home, then pupils will be able to use a school computer during lunchtimes. A request to do this must be sent in writing to their class teacher.
As the children progress through school it is expected/anticipated that most of them will be able to complete their homework with a decreasing amount of input from their parents/family. However, please remember encouragement, interest and discussion about their learning will always be needed.
We would like all homework to be signed by parents/carers to show they have seen it and appropriate comments or queries added, if needed.
This may comprise a maths worksheet with questions to answer or a game to be played with a partner or a website to visit with maths games to play.
A regular feature of maths learning throughout school will be the learning and manipulation of number bonds (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) that are appropriate to age and stage plus learning, consolidating and use of times tables.
This may be set pages/chapter of book /novel to read and prepare ready for discussion in class. For this learning to be most productive it will usually require the participation of a family member.
A regular feature of reading learning will be to encourage children to read widely in and out of school for pleasure and information – older pupils may be required to record this extra reading in their individual/class reading log.
This will be either ‘common or high usage’ words or words with a common pattern. Occasionally, they may include ‘awkward’ words that have to be learnt because they do not follow a pattern or even groups of words related to a class topic.
To help the children really learn the words, parents should ask the children to spell them throughout the week – writing them out on one occasion is not usually enough to memorise the spelling words. The children should be encouraged to use the Look, Read, Cover, Write, Check method -so they are looking at and trying to remember the whole word and not sounding it out (as many words are not spelled the way they sound!).
If there are problems with any aspect of your child’s homework we ask that you contact the school immediately by adding a note to diary to enable us to make home learning/work a positive and productive learning experience for everyone involved.
A home learning ‘tips sheet ‘and a spelling strategy guide will be distributed to each family at the start each new school session. They will also be available on the website offering advice and help, if required.
We will ask for the views of both pupils and parents
in order to review this policy in June’15.
NB Please see Homework tips suggestions under Parent Info