Home Learning

 

Home Learning at Oaklands School is designed for our children to Practice skills they have learnt and for children to Prime themselves for next week’s learning.

The tasks are open ended and are designed to allow your child to be imaginative ad creative.  The tasks can be completed in any way they feel like.  If they wish to use their art skills to complete their task or fancy writing, its their choice.  There is no right or wrong way as long as they try their hardest and be creative with their thinking.

Homelearning is set on a Wednesday for KS1 and KS2-Lower and a Thursday for KS2-Upper and you have a whole week to complete it before returning it on the following Wednesday or Thursday

Families are encouraged to work with their child so that you have help them with their learning.  

On the Wednesday or Thursday, the children will share their Home Learning with the teachers and the other children.  They celebrate what went well and give ideas of what they could do to make it even better next time. 

You complete the task in any way you wish.

You can only use the one double page spread.  You can extend the page if you need to.

Make sure you vary the way you compete the tasks.  Try to challenge yourself.

Frequently asked questions about Homelearning…

 

Can I get it wrong?

No.   This is unique to each child and we want to see creative and fun ways of interpreting the challenges whether it written, drawn, created out of cardboard, recorded on DVD or anything at all.

I don’t understand what to do’

Each week the class discuss the new challenges and share ideas so your child should know what is expected.

The first thing to do is speak to your child’s teacher who will help explain.

The challenges will have an example with them as well to give you an idea if you are stuck.  

Remember there is no right or wrong way to complete them. These are unique and individual pieces of work.

My child takes all weekend’, is this normal?

The Government gives Guidelines of 30 minutes each day for a child in Years 5 or 6 which we try to stick to.

We have a time guide for each challenge and so you and your child know the approximate time. If you want to do more or don’t have time that week, there is no worry.

‘The teacher hasn’t marked the work.’

All work is viewed and discussed with the rest of the class and the teacher views all the home learning. They will however give a mixture or verbal and written feedback but will not always writing down in the book.

Your child’s classmates will give feedback on what went well and suggest an even better if. This is a good way of the children understanding good features and how to improve their own learning.

‘How do I stretch my child?’

As the approach is open –ended, this allows the every child to achieve the same task at their own level. We include a three step guide of things for your child to try and achieve. This means they will all be able to show the ‘must’ criteria; while others will be able to demonstrate the ‘should’ and the ‘could’.

This is always about creativity to try to encourage your child to use different styles of writing or presentation.

‘My child doesn’t like other children writing on my book, what can we do?’

A large part of the home learning is developing the children’s ability to judge successes of their own and others’ work.

If a child does not want to have another child writing in their book, they can use post-it notes or child comment slips which are not permanent.  

Obviously, children do not all have perfect handwriting and spelling errors are common at this age, all the children are trying their best.

‘My child doesn’t have any lists of spelling to learn

Good practice is that children learn spelling patterns and how words are built (for example, what happens to words when you add –ing), rather than the traditional approach of just learning lists of words.

Spelling and word level work are taught daily in class looking at one focus a week. From now on, spelling homework will be sent home weekly to practice and apply this learning through collecting examples or investigating words.