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Home Learning

Our Lady’s RC Primary School

Home Learning


The school policy for home learning was developed and agreed by the whole staff , taking in to account parental expectations.


Through this policy we aim to:

· Ensure that parents are clear about what their child is expected to do.

· Ensure consistency of approach throughout the school.

· To use home learning as a tool to help continue to raise standards of attainment.

· Improve the quality of the learning experience offered to pupils and to extend it beyond    the classroom environment.

· Provide opportunities for parents, children and the school to work together in partnership in relation to children’s learning.

· Encourage pupils and their parents to share and enjoy learning experiences.

· Reinforce learning covered in class by providing further opportunities for individual      learning.

· To practise or consolidate basic skills and knowledge, especially in Numeracy and Literacy.

· Encourage children to develop the responsibility, confidence and self-discipline needed to study independently.


The Nature of Home Learning

It should be noted that home learning will be in a grid form and will have 4 or 5 weeks of activities to complete. All grids will have literacy, numeracy, spelling and one other task on it.  It is important to remember that when expecting and setting home learning there are a number of points to consider:

1. The nature and type of homework changes throughout a pupils school career.

2. Tasks should not cause undue stress on the pupil, family or the teacher.

3. It will not necessarily come in the form of a written task.

4. The tasks can be handed in at any point throughout the 5 weeks but will not be marked until the final date on the grid.

5. The grid is an appropriate amount of tasks for our pupils.  If you require further  activities, please refer to the additional Home Learning Booklet which was sent home to accompany the first grid.

Role of the Class Teacher

· To provide an explanation of tasks to children and, when necessary, parents and give   guidance of how they might assist their child. This may be done by a note with the work, at a pre-school parents meeting or at an open evening if possible.

· To set up regular home learning in an easily followed routine using the grid.

· To ensure that home learning is set consistently across classes in the Year group.

· To ensure any home learning is purposeful and links directly to the curriculum being taught.

· To reward and praise children who regularly complete tasks. To mark appropriately, when necessary and give feedback to pupils.

N.B. Whilst we have taken on a responsibility to set homework on a regular basis, the school cannot enforce the completion of homework.  We will encourage the children to complete homework but if it is not handed in on the due date we will not be chasing them for it.


· Wherever possible staff should try to mark any tasks that is returned by pupils. This will help to give the whole process of setting and completing homework a higher profile and status. It will also send out the message that this is an important and valued aspect of school life.   Marking is a way of keeping track of who has completed their grid, and giving them feedback on how well they have met the objectives of the work. However, marking may be done in a variety of forms, some of which will not be written. Feedback may be given to individual pupils, or to groups of pupils.

· If children are absent due to illness we will not send further tasks home. We would assume the child was too ill to work. 

· If a child is absent for a length of time e.g. with a broken leg, the teacher and the parent will agree what should be done, how it should be marked and what sort of help needs to be given. In such circumstances the teacher should consult the Head Teacher first.

· It is not possible to give tasks when parents take holidays in term time.

· Parents/Carers who have queries about the grid should not hesitate to make an appointment to see their child’s class teacher.


Racial Equality & Equal Opportunities

All children have equal access and inclusive rights to the curriculum regardless of their gender, race, disability or ability. We plan work that is differentiated for the  performance of all groups and individuals. Our Lady’s RC Primary School is committed to creating a positive climate that will enable everyone to work free from racial intimidation and harassment and to achieve their full potential.


Kind Regards

Mrs Lorna Dashwood

Head Teacher (Acting)