The partnership between families and school has a positive impact on children’s achievement. Well thought through homework activities are powerful tools to develop learning. Parents are the most influential role models in any child’s life and helping them to become independent learners is an important life skill. We recognise that all children need leisure time and hope that our guidance reflects a balance so children can extend and consolidate their learning with parental support while still allowing ‘down time’ with their family and friends.
At Chilingham Road we prefer to emphasise the importance of homework and how it helps your child to learn, rather than focus on if it takes a certain amount of time. While most parents do appreciate the value and importance of homework, a few feel that we do not set enough homework and others feel that there is too much! The amount and type of homework we set is at a level which most people feel is reasonable.
We very much feel that hearing your child read and reading to them no matter how old they are is extremely valuable and your child will benefit greatly. Asking questions about what they think is going on or why a character may be feeling the way they do about a situation is very helpful not only for their reading but also their writing. Practicing basic spelling patterns is also a valuable skill. Basic numeracy skills such as tables and number bonds are also crucial in understanding patterns in number. There are some learning activities such as spellings and tables that simply need to be learned and it is the speed and the accuracy of the recall that is so important. Unfortunately there is no magic formula for these skills they just need lots and lots of practice. We greatly appreciate the time parents spend with their children with these time consuming tasks.
All classes’ homework is built around regular reading and practicing spellings and tables and number bonds. Wherever possible these activities are differentiated and should be at an appropriate level for your child.
However at Chillingham Road we have consulted with parents about homework and we have developed our learning journals. This is mostly a Key Stage 2 initiative which allows children to present their learning at their level and in a manner they feel appropriate from written formats, brain maps, models etc. Your child’s teacher will write you weekly letters explaining what your child has been learning, how you can support them and outlining the focus for the learning journals. We very much encourage your support for the learning journals and we firmly believe learning should be fun and interesting. 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. Together we can make a difference. Thank you for your support.