At Fairlawn, we believe that home learning should be enjoyable, collaborative, interesting and challenging. Home learning should not be stressful or onerous and should not lead to conflict between children and parents.
Home learning may be an extension of school learning, but may also involve activities that are not prescribed by the school, such as visiting a museum or reading a book from home. At Fairlawn, we believe that it is also important that children have time after school to play and socialize.
Each week, classes receive a Learning Letter from their class teacher. This highlights the learning that will be taking place for next week. Parents who wish their children to partake in more home learning than is prescribed by the school, should use this for guidance.
- We believe that a rich dialogue between teacher and parents about reading is important to help children make good progress.
- We encourage all children to read at home on a daily basis. This may be alone or with an adult/sibling.
- We expect the adults at home to play an active part in promoting reading for pleasure.
- Each child has a reading journal. We expect a weekly comment from the teacher and from parents/carers about the reading progress made and any next steps. In Year 5 and 6, the children may take responsibility for this.
We believe it is important that children experience a range of reading material, including e-books. We have a school subscription to Bug Club. Your child has a log in, and you are welcome to access this at home.
Spellings will be sent home every Friday, and the children will be tested on these the following Friday. Your child should spend time learning their spellings at home; little and often is the key! Some of these spellings will be personalised, and the teacher will be looking out for these words being spelt correctly in your child’s writing. Other words will follow a taught phonic or spelling pattern.
At Fairlawn, we subscribe to an online resource – Mathletics. Learning is set on a weekly basis, and pupils are invited to a home learning club if they are unable to access this resource.
EYFS: Alternative activities are sent home regularly.
Teachers are expected to monitor their class’ Mathletics results, ensuring that the school’s ethos of challenge for all is maintained.
Fairlawn has launched its very own times table reward system. The booklets, to be worked through outside of school, encourage pupils to practice their recall of important mathematical facts. Once tested, pupils can earn stickers and a framed certificate of achievement.
Fairlawn’s school website has its very own ‘Maths Zone’. Here, there is an opportunity for pupils to watch mathematical videos, solve puzzles, practise times tables and much more.
There will be points throughout the year when the children will be set a Topic Task. This will be project based and open ended. The children will have a choice of tasks, but they may wish to go with their own interests. The Topic Task instructions will be displayed on the weekly Learning Letter. The children will have half a term to complete their projects. At the end of the half term, the children will bring their projects to school for the Home Learning Showcase. Each class will have their projects displayed in the hall for the parents to view.
Home Learning in Year 6
The home learning expectations for Year 6 are determined by the class teachers as they prepare the children for secondary school. As a guideline, there will be a weekly writing, grammar and maths task set.