Home Learning

Craigentinny Primary Home Learning Update

September 2019

Research shows thathome learning is most beneficial when it is presented as short, regular, focused, varied and interesting tasks. Routine homework (repetitive tasks such as copying sentences for spelling or lists of sums) is not effective.

The most effective feedback for children to improve their learning is face-to-face at the time of the task, not ticks/crosses or written comments.

  1. Definition of Home Learning

Home Learning refers to learning activities which children undertake at home. Some home learning activities may be set by school. Many of these will be set by parents. It should be relevant and achievable for all learners. Home Learning set by the school will offer parents and children the opportunity to experience learning together. Home Learning will be shared in class and will usually receive verbal feedback.

  • The purpose of Home Learning

Home learning set by school will

  • Practise skills or knowledge following these being taught in school
  • Establish a habit of home learning and independence in learning
  • Let parents see where their child “is at” in their learning – in addition to existing reporting processes – Learning Journey Jotters, Parents’ Nights, shared learning experiences etc.
  • What will Home Learning look like?

P1-3 Home Learning will continue to differ from P4-7 Home Learning. P1 to P3 will updates for parents in the purple homework diary which should always be checked as they may include suggested home learning activities to support literacy and numeracy.

P4-7 children will use home learning grids, spelling walls, maths walls, games and activities.

  • Best activities for promoting achievement

Research suggests that the most effective types of home learning are:

  • Reading for Enjoyment: encourage your child to read books of their own choice. Your child can borrow books from the school library and local community library.
  • Relationships: spend time as a family doing activities you enjoy, especially activities which support good health and wellbeing.
  • Parents having a good awareness of where their child’s learning “is at” and supporting where required e.g. using your child’s learning journal to discuss their learning, coming to school consultation meetings, open classroom events, information evenings and performances.
  • Completing Home Learning Tasks

Please let your teacher know if home learning is not completed for a particular reason.  We would expect all parents and children to manage reading home learning as this is fundamentally important to a child’s likely success in school and in later life.

On occasion, teachers will create opportunities for home learning that exist out-with the grids/walls such as to practise a Scots Poem or research a topic.  If you do not have resources at home for completing task eg. pens, pencils, paper, there will be boxes in each classroom full of resources for children to help themselves to.

  • Marking

Home learning will not be marked but will be shared and feedback given by children and the teacher.