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Southfields Primary School

Southfields Primary School

Home Learning

At Southfields we believe in the strong partnership between home and school to positively impact children’s learning.  We have strong beliefs that the school as well as parents play an important role in supporting, practicing and encouraging teaching and learning.

We firmly believe in the importance of parents and school working in partnership to support children in their learning. We are open and honest and have developed a wonderful relationship with our families.  We host a number of different events to support our parents including Workshops, Family events, Termly opening events as well as coffee mornings and Healthy school events.

We ask parents to support us by practicing daily some of the skills we have been teaching in school with reading, spelling and GHASP - grammar, handwriting and spelling.  In addition to this we also ask that children learn their times tables and number facts appropriate to their ages. This practice is essential and varies depending on the child some pupils need more practice to embed their learning and there is not time always in school to ensure they reach age appropriate goals and therefore parents will be asked to support learning to ensure their child does not fall behind their peers.

 In addition to the basics we have home learning journals where the children are asked to research and show their learning in a creative and imaginative way.  These skills of topic work and personal research are essential lifelong learning and good attitudes to learning beyond the school.  Below are some wonderful examples of this work completed this year from children aged 4 to our oldest children of 11 years.

We as a school run a family Homework club for parents to attend with their child if they need additional support or resources please see the club list for times and dates.  

In addition to this homework some children may be invited to one to one tuition or advanced learning groups in English and Mathematics.  We also run nurture learning groups to support children who have emotional needs.  From time to time pupils may be asked to complete projects to support the work of the school or work with Special Needs or Gifted and Talented.  We may also contact parents to work with use on Phonics and Numeracy catch up programmes the school will contact you if this is required to go through the programme intervention and parental engagement packs.

Every Evening the children are asked to reflect on their learning during the day and complete a learning diary examples of these are below from year 1 to year 6.

School Agreements Home Learning:

  • Reading Records
  • Spelling and Phonics
  • Learning Reflection Diaries
  • Home Learning Journals
  • Maths – Number bonds, Times-tables, Number Facts and Mathematics Vocabulary
  • Handwriting and fine motor skill practice
  • On line learning to support basic skills and age appropriate cross curricular learning 

Year

Activities and Times

Impact

Year R

Reception induction book – 1 page per night

Home Learning Journal – 1 week approximately- 1 hour

Reading – Talking about a book – 20 minutes

Phonics – Letters and Sounds 15 minutes per day

Sight words – As ready

Number work – 10 minutes – daily

Fine motor skills and handwriting as appropriate

Online child initiated learning – weekly 30 minutes From a menu of Bug Club, Mathletics and Maths Watch, Espresso, Knowledge Box  

Practice age appropriate activities repeating and practice

Inspirational learning, imaginative and child initiated to impact and apply knowledge of the world and basic skills

To develop a love of Reading and books.  To practice talking about stories and visual clues as well as beginning to read letters and words

To practice letters and sounds relating to phase of development

To practice basic skills in Mathematics linked to learning in school to further embed knowledge

To practice fine motor skills and handwriting as appropriate

On line learning that further supports work in the basic skills and teaching learning beyond the school this can be accessed as often as pupils would like but 30 minutes is expected due to cost and impact measures associated.

Year 1

Home Learning Journal – 1 week approximately- 1 hour

Reading – Talking about a book – 20 minutes

Phonics/Spelling – Letters and Sounds 15 minutes per day

Sight word recognition  

Number work – 15 minutes – daily

ELS – Intervention support work for parents when they are completing this intervention – 20 mins

Fine motor skills and handwriting –5/10 minutes

Learning Diary – some completed in school when they are ready at home

Online child initiated learning – weekly 30 minutes From a menu of Bug Club, Mathletics and Maths Watch, Espresso, Knowledge Box  

Context learning, can be preparatory work. Inspirational learning, imaginative and child initiated to impact and apply knowledge of the world and basic skills

To develop a love of Reading and books.  To practice talking about stories and visual clues as well as beginning to read letters and words

To practice letters and sounds relating to phase of development and spelling as appropriate linked to learning in school.

To practice basic skills in Mathematics linked to learning in school to further embed knowledge

To practice fine motor skills and handwriting as appropriate

To keep an ongoing reflective diary of their learning

On line learning that further supports work in the basic skills and teaching learning beyond the school this can be accessed as often as pupils would like but 30 minutes is expected due to cost and impact measures associated.

Year 2

Home Learning Journal – 1 week approximately- 1 hour

Reading – Talking about a book – 20 minutes

Phonics/Spelling – Letters and Sounds 15 minutes per day

Sight word recognition  

Number work – 15 minutes – daily

Topic words and meanings

Learning Diary – some completed in school when they are ready at home

Online child initiated learning – weekly 30 minutes From a menu of Bug Club, Mathletics and Maths Watch, Espresso, Knowledge Box 

Context learning, can be preparatory work. Inspirational learning, imaginative and child initiated to impact and apply knowledge of the world and basic skills

To develop a love of Reading and books.  To practice talking about stories and visual clues as well as beginning to read letters and words

To practice letters and sounds relating to phase of development and spelling as appropriate linked to learning in school.

To practice basic skills in Mathematics linked to learning in school to further embed knowledge

To practice fine motor skills and handwriting as appropriate

To learn topic words and meanings linked to the new framework in preparation for learning

To keep an ongoing reflective diary of their learning

On line learning that further supports work in the basic skills and teaching learning beyond the school this can be accessed as often as pupils would like but 30 minutes is expected due to cost and impact measures associated.

Year 3

Home Learning Journal – 1 week approximately- 1 hour

Reading – Talking about a book – 20 minutes

Phonics/Spelling – Letters and Sounds 15 minutes per day

Sight word recognition  

Number work – 15 minutes – daily

Topic words and meanings

Learning Diary – some completed in school when they are ready at home

Online child initiated learning – weekly 30 minutes From a menu of Bug Club, Mathletics and Maths Watch, Espresso, Knowledge Box  

 

Context learning, can be preparatory work. Inspirational learning, imaginative and child initiated to impact and apply knowledge of the world and basic skills

To develop a love of Reading and books.  To practice talking about stories and visual clues as well as beginning to read letters and words

To practice letters and sounds relating to phase of development and spelling as appropriate linked to learning in school.

To practice basic skills in Mathematics linked to learning in school to further embed knowledge

To practice fine motor skills and handwriting as appropriate

To learn topic words and meanings linked to the new framework in preparation for learning

To keep an ongoing reflective diary of their learning

On line learning that further supports work in the basic skills and teaching learning beyond the school this can be accessed as often as pupils would like but 30 minutes is expected due to cost and impact measures associated.

 

Year 4

Home Learning Journal –  weekly approximately- 1 hour

Reading – Talking about a book – 20 minutes

Spelling – Letters and Sounds 20 minutes per day

Sight word recognition  

Number work – 20 minutes – daily

Topic words and meanings

15 minutes weekly

Learning Diary – some completed in school when they are ready at home

5/10 minutes

Online child initiated learning – weekly 30 minutes From a menu of Bug Club, Mathletics and Maths Watch, Espresso, Knowledge Box  

 

Context learning, can be preparatory work. Inspirational learning, imaginative and child initiated to impact and apply knowledge of the world and basic skills

To develop a love of Reading and books.  To practice talking about stories and visual clues as well as beginning to read letters and words

To practice letters and sounds relating to phase of development and spelling as appropriate linked to learning in school.

To practice basic skills in Mathematics linked to learning in school to further embed knowledge

To practice fine motor skills and handwriting as appropriate

To learn topic words and meanings linked to the new framework in preparation for learning

To keep an ongoing reflective diary of their learning

On line learning that further supports work in the basic skills and teaching learning beyond the school this can be accessed as often as pupils would like but 30 minutes is expected due to cost and impact measures associated.

Year 5

Home Learning Journal – 1 week approximately- 1/2 hour

Reading – Talking about a book – 20 minutes

Spelling – Letters and Sounds 15 minutes per day

Sight word recognition  

Number work – 30 minutes – daily

GHASP sentences – Handwriting and spelling – 5 minutes daily

Topic words and meanings

Learning Diary – some completed in school when they are ready at home 5/10 minutes

Science Facts and Revision – weekly 20 minutes  

Online child initiated learning – weekly 30 minutes From a menu of Bug Club, Mathletics and Maths Watch, Espresso, Knowledge Box  

Context learning, can be preparatory work. Inspirational learning, imaginative and child initiated to impact and apply knowledge of the world and basic skills

To develop a love of Reading and books.  To practice talking about stories and visual clues as well as beginning to read letters and words

To practice letters and sounds relating to phase of development and spelling as appropriate linked to learning in school.

To practice basic skills in Mathematics linked to learning in school to further embed knowledge

To practice fine motor skills and handwriting as appropriate

To keep an ongoing reflective diary of their learning

 

To learn and remember key knowledge facts in science to apply to their learning

On line learning that further supports work in the basic skills and teaching learning beyond the school this can be accessed as often as pupils would like but 30 minutes is expected due to cost and impact measures associated

Year 6

Home Learning Journal – 1 week approximately- 1/2 hour

Reading – Talking about a book – 20 minutes

Spelling – Letters and Sounds 15 minutes per day

Sight word recognition  

Number work – 30 minutes – daily

Topic words and meanings

Learning Diary – some completed in school when they are ready at home

5/10 minutes

Online child initiated learning – weekly 30 minutes From a menu of Bug Club, Mathletics and Maths Watch, Espresso, Knowledge Box  

Context learning, can be preparatory work. Inspirational learning, imaginative and child initiated to impact and apply knowledge of the world and basic skills

To develop a love of Reading and books.  To practice talking about stories and visual clues as well as beginning to read letters and words

To practice letters and sounds relating to phase of development and spelling as appropriate linked to learning in school.

To practice basic skills in Mathematics linked to learning in school to further embed knowledge

To practice fine motor skills and handwriting as appropriate

To keep an ongoing reflective diary of their learning

On line learning that further supports work in the basic skills and teaching learning beyond the school this can be accessed as often as pupils would like but 30 minutes is expected due to cost and impact measures associated.

 

 

Some examples of Outstanding efforts in Home Learning can be seen below :)

   

  • Healthy Schools
  • Ofsted Outstanding 2011|2012
  • Ofsted Outstanding 2008|2009
  • Logo
  • Leeds Inclusion Chartermark
  • Arts Council England
  • Financial Management Standard in Schools