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 half term, classes receive a Learning Letter from their class teacher. This highlights the learning that will be taking place . 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 in Reception and Key Stage One 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.
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.
In Years 1-6, Maths Home Learning is taught through an online resource called Mathletics. Weekly tasks are set by the class teacher. We provide a Mathletics club for those who do not have access to a computer at home.
In Reception, weekly number challenges are sent home in their Maths Home Learning Books.
Teachers monitor their class’ Mathletics results, ensuring that the school’s ethos of challenge for all is maintained.
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.
In addition to this, your child will have their very own Maths Passport. The underlying core point of the Maths Passport is to develop ‘mastery’ of basic number, place value and the four operations. You will be provided with your child’s passport targets and guidance on how you can support them in achieving their target. Please ensure you practise the targets regularly. When your child’s teacher is satisfied that your child is confident, quick and accurate, they will be given a special certificate and will then be able to move onto their next passport
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, reading and maths task set.