Governors and staff have recently reviewed the expectations that the school has regarding home learning. Parents appear to be split between those who find supporting their child at home the most stressful time of the week, and those who celebrate the opportunity to work alongside their child and help them to consolidate skills. Current educational research suggests that, in the primary school, the impact of home learning is extremely limited and teachers, whilst recognising that it has some value, are frustrated that so few pupils complete it and that they have to spend so much of their time chasing it up and supervising it being finished in school.
As such, we have looked for ways to keep it simple for teachers to administer, and yet provide opportunities for children to practise the key skills that they have been learning at school. Having analysed all 230 end of year reports given out in July, we could see that the main concern of teachers related to reading and quick recall of times tables/number bonds. The reality is that you will only get better at reading by reading more, and yet the majority of children at Lambs Lane read very infrequently out of school. In the same way, being able to process numbers quickly increases your confidence and skills in mathematics, and yet in-school strategies such as Big Bash and Times Tables challenges are not the complete answer. We have, therefore, decided to make Reading and Number our first priorities.
Each class teacher has put together some home learning advice. Please click on the links below to view this advice. This advice will be updated on a termly basis. It covers reading, mathematics, writing and, gives links to some websites related to the Creative Curriculum that you may wish to share with your child. We are currently in the process of investing in a Maths programme that can be accessed from home that will help consolidate tables and number bonds. More information about that will come out shortly.
We recognise that Home Learning may not be a ‘one size fits all’ approach, and we are prepared to be flexible, where possible, to meet the needs of all of our pupils. If you have difficulty accessing material online, please come and see us about how we can help. Equally, if you need support sourcing more material for your child to do at home, speak to teachers and we will try to help you with that.
As ever, if you have any comments or questions about the changes being made, please come in and speak to us.