Homework or Home Learning?

Home 'work' or Home 'learning'?

At Meldreth our home learning is fun!  The term 'Homework' implies that this is a chore.  Our home learning is intended to develop our pupils' excitement and passion for their learning and to help parents support their children at home.

Key principles

Education researchers tell us that homework has little impact for primary age pupils, unless it requires children to rehearse and practise their learning.  We are also acutely aware of the increasing pressure on children and the need for them to enjoy their childhood.

Leading educationalists are also arguing the case for more creativity in the curriculum to better prepare children for the world of work, especially where it is predicted that many of the jobs that our 5 year olds will start are not yet known!

Research tells us that learning and understanding are deepened through repetition and practice.  We believe that reading should be part of a child's daily routine. Key skills such as learning times tables for maths and practice of spelling patterns can also be practised at home.  Learning beyond the school, with or without the support of parents, enables pupils to enjoy spending time on an extended task and lets them develop their creativity.

Our home learning routines

  • we publish all year group learning expectations on class webpages;
  • we emphasise the things which children need to practise and rehearse:
    • reading and/or talking about their reading to an adult for at least 20 minutes, 3 times a week
    • learning spelling words linked to age-related expectations; with children’s work being sent home weekly
    • learning multiplication tables to increase their fluency so that they can be applied in other areas of maths; with children’s work being sent home weekly in Key Stage 2
  • we give children opportunities to learn across the curriculum and be creative through our creative 'Signposts' home learning.
Parental comment ideas for your child’s reading record book
 
Listed below are some comments which may help you when writing in your child’s reading record book to describe how your child has read to you at home.The statements below are just a guide;
please feel free to alter the wording and write what best suits your experiences. For more information, or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
  • Read familiar words independently.
  • Able to predict what happens next in the text.
  • Showed good understanding of the text
  • Read with good expression.
  • Worked out new words independently.
  • Worked out new words by sounding them out.
  • Discussed the story and characters well.
  • Used good spoken expression
  • Enjoyed reading this book a lot
  • Self-corrected own errors independently
  • Used the picture cues and the first sound of a word to work out words
  • Read with fluency and expression
  • Struggled to concentrate.
  • He/she made a number of errors because he/she was not looking carefully enough  Would not read tonight
  • Self-corrected his/her own errors 
  • Found this book too hard to read
  • Able to read this book with lots of help
  • Struggled to work out a lot of the vocabulary
  • Created tension as he did not want to read
  • Did not understand what she has read