Home Learning Review

Dear Parents/ Carers,

Home Learning Review

Thank you for the very good response to the homework survey we undertook during the Parents’ Evenings in November.

Pupils across P4-P7 were also surveyed.

During the November in-service we used your feedback to inform our review of our home learning.  We have also researched approaches used in other schools.

We are now planning to introduce a new approach to home learning which will start from the week beginning Monday 28 January 2019.

The new approach aims to consolidate learning and skills in literacy and numeracy and to give children opportunities to use their learning in real life situations such as home routines and community activities.

Our new home learning approach will include:

  • Encouraging reading for enjoyment through providing regular opportunities to borrow books to take home from our new school library (visits will also continue to the Cove library as at present)
  • Providing phonics (P1) / reading tasks
  • Setting periodic research tasks/ preparation of individual talk tasks
  • Use of a termly numeracy/ maths grid to reinforce prior learning. The grid will have suggestions for the use of licensed websites which our children have individual log-ins for and further suggestions for how they can use their learning and skills in everyday home and community settings.
  • Lastly, all children will be given skills for life grids with suggested tasks designed to support them to develop a wider range of relevant knowledge and skills. Children will be encouraged to work towards achieving the tasks in the skills grid throughout the whole year

The school is planning for a drop in open event later this month for parents/carers to learn more about the new approach to home learning.

The school places high importance on building a strong home learning partnership with all parents/carers.    We believe the new approach to home learning will help children to better understand the relevance of their learning in school to real life situations.  It will also enable parents/carers to take advantage of home routines and everyday situations to encourage their children to continue to their learning out-with school.

Thank you for your continued support.

Colin Nicol

Head Teacher

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