We all have the potential for learning throughout every day and right through our lives, not just in school lessons.
Our provision for Home Learning helps make links with our families and enables children to reinforce and extend their learning outside of school.
We use a combination of physical resources and technology links to keep parents informed about learning in school and enable them to get involved in understanding and supporting children's learning.
Throughout a child's time in Nursery and Reception, the online Tapestry system provides a two-way portal for information sharing, where photos and videos of learning in school and at home can be easily shared. In Reception, suggestions of home learning activities are displayed on the notice board in the entrance for parents to do with their children. Later in the year sounds are sent home to practise and also reading books.
In Key Stage 1 reading books are sent home and children are encouraged to read daily. Words are also given to children regularly to learn to recognise. Class Dojo provides an online portal for communication between home and school, along with children being able to use Google Classroom for some tasks as children get older. As well as reading, Home Learning activities often include maths, enquiry research and fun mini-projects.
In Key Stage 2 children are also encouraged to read daily at home and this is recorded in an online reading log. In addition, more formal homework activities are set using Google Classroom. These are usually Maths and English activities and may also involve research into other areas of the curriculum or projects to do. Work can be completed online within Google Classroom or photos of Home Learning tasks uploaded when finished.
Our use of Google Classroom began early in 2020 as the covid-19 situation was emerging. ITV Anglia News visited our school in March 2020 to find out how we were planning to use online learning in lockdown. The success of Google Classroom through the lockdown was something we chose to build on by continuing its use as a valuable Home Learning platform going forward.