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Home Learning

Please note that currently the federation has homework.  Home Learning will replace this in the autumn term 2022.

 

Home Learning at Balksbury Federation


What is Home Learning at Balksbury Federation?

Home Learning refers to activities given to children by their teachers to be completed at home within a set time. 

 

Home Learning activities will show progression from younger to older children.  The emphasis is to consolidate work that children have been doing in class and support families in keeping in touch with what their child is learning.

 

Teachers will not set Home Learning weeks in advance as they cannot predict the needs of children until they have carried out the work in class.  Teachers will also use Home Learning to further assess a child’s understanding and adjust planning for lessons. 

 

The time needed to complete Home Learning will be indicated by teachers on Google Classroom.

Year R

  • Phonics consolidation activities set weekly on Google Classroom
  •  Daily reading of the set reading book linked to phonic sounds
  • Half termly Maths focus set on Google Classroom

 

Year 1 

  • My Maths activities for Place Value and Number set through Google Classroom
  • Phonics consolidation activities set weekly on Google Classroom
  • Daily reading of a reading book linked to phonic sounds

 

Year 2

  • My Maths activities for Place Value and Number set through Google Classroom
  • Daily reading of a reading book
  • Spellzone for spelling activities set weekly on Google Classroom

 

Year 3 & 4

  • My Maths activities for Place Value and Number, alternating weekly with Times Tables Rockstars set through Google Classroom
  • Daily reading of a set reading book 
  • Spellzone for spelling activities set weekly on Google Classroom

 

Year 5 & 6

  • My Maths activities for Place Value and Number, alternating weekly with Times Tables Rockstars set through Google Classroom
  • Daily reading of a set reading book 
  • Spellzone for spelling activities set weekly on Google Classroom


When is Home Learning Set? 

Home Learning goes live on Google Classroom on a Monday and should be completed by the following Monday. 

 

Non Completion of Home Learning

If a family disagree with Home Learning, they should place in writing to the Headteacher that their child will not be completing the homework alongside the reason why; this can then be kept in the child’s school file.  If children do not complete homework, then a discussion will take place between the classroom teacher and family, and children will be given time within school to complete.  Extensions will only be given where a reasonable explanation has been given.

 

Monitoring Home Learning

Homework will be monitored on a regular basis by Deputy Headteachers using these guidelines as a basis for the evaluation process.

 

Feedback to Children

Children will get instant feedback with My Maths, Times Table Rockstars and Spellzone as this is built into these programmes.  Teachers will use these results to inform planning.  Phonics Home Learning is made up of consolidation and practise activities, therefore, a child will receive direct feedback in phonic lessons. 

 

Should Parents Help Their Child With Home Learning? 

Home Learning allows a family to see what a child is doing in class and to support their learning.  This partnership between school and home is a vital part of successful education.  We take the view that children are likely to get more out of an activity if parents get involved – as long as they do not take over too much.  If you are unsure about how much help to give, you should discuss it with your child’s teacher.  They will be pleased to see you and will help you to get the balance right.  

 

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