Home learning is anything children do outside the normal school day that contributes to their learning, in response to guidance from the school.
At Carlton we see home learning as an important example of cooperation between teachers and parents/carers. One of the aims of our teaching is for children to develop as independent learners, and we believe that doing homework is one of the main ways in which children can acquire the skill of independent learning.
Home learning plays a positive role in raising a child’s level of attainment. However, we also acknowledge the important role of play time, free time and family time in a child’s growth and development. While homework is important, it should not prevent children from taking part in the activities of various out-of-school clubs and of other activities that play an important part in the lives of our pupils. We believe that the home learning set at Carlton will support learning and progress as well as being manageable for pupils and their families.
In KS1 home learning is set across a range of subjects. Staff would ask that children read daily and complete maths tasks that are set every 2 weeks. In addition, optional topic homework is set each half term.
In KS2 home learning will focus on key skills of reading and maths. Pupils are expected to read regularly (a record of home reading is to be kept at the back of the pink homework books) and complete regular maths homework sent out by teachers.
BIG WRITE AND LITERACY STIMULUS.
Each week children across school are expected to complete a Big Write. This is a completely independent piece of writing that helps teachers to assess the progress of children. On Thursday's teachers will send home a short stimulus that explains what the piece of writing will be about. This gives children the opportunity to think of ideas ready for the next day so that they can get straight on with the writing.
On Friday's children will be given a second stimulus for writing. this will be used on Monday when children begin their new week of work. The idea behind this is to enable pupils to have ideas and thoughts ready for the first morning so that they can contribute to the class discussions and have ideas ready for their writing on Monday morning.
We hope that you be able to support your child by having a short discussion about the stimulus over the weekend.
To support reading at home there are a set of questions for parents to use to help determine how well children have understood what they have read. This can be found in the 'Parents' section of the website.
Further information about your child's home learning can be found on their class page.
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