One of the aims of our teaching is for children to develop as independent learners, and we believe that completing home tasks is one way in which children can acquire the skill of independent learning. Homework is also one of the many ways in which strong links between home and school can be fostered. It enables parents to help their children to learn and children to see parents and teachers working together.
At Moorlands we acknowledge the important role of play and free time in a child’s growth and development and are well aware that children spend more time at home than at school. We believe that they develop their interests and skills to the full only when parents encourage them to make maximum use of the opportunities available both inside and outside school.
Homework plays a positive role in raising a child’s level of attainment and is a way in which parents can support their child’s learning and be part of that process.
At Moorlands our homework is carefully planned by our class teachers to support the learning that children are doing inside school. Our aims and objectives for homework are as follows:
- to enable pupils to make maximum progress in their academic and social development
- to help pupils develop the skills of an independent learner
- to promote cooperation between home and school in supporting each child’s learning
- to enable all aspects of the curriculum to be covered in sufficient depth
- to provide educational experiences not possible in school
- to consolidate and reinforce the learning done in school, and to allow children to practise skills taught in lessons
- to help children develop good work habits for the future
Alongside weekly home learning tasks, children are asked to read at home at least three times a week and to complete their reading diary.
We ask parents to encourage their child to complete the homework tasks that are set, to help their children as and when they feel it to be necessary, and to provide them with the sort of environment that allows children to do their best. Parents can support their child by providing a good working space at home, by enabling their child to visit the library regularly, and by discussing the work that their child is doing.
Our class teachers provide parents with more information about home learning expectations during the beginning of the school year and they are always happy to answer any questions that parents may have.