By helping your child with home learning you not only improve his or her chances of achievement in school and in life, but you can help to develop your child’s confidence, self-discipline and sense of responsibility.
Parents who take an interest in their children’s home learning have a better knowledge of their education. Additionally, children who are able to complete assignments successfully are likely to develop a good working attitude.
At Nine Mile Ride Primary School our aim is for pupils to become independent and take individual responsibility for learning.
The home learning set will:
- extend, support and broaden the learning experience through reinforcement, revision, guidance and direction.
- develop transferable skills and a long term strategy for future learning.
- encourage parents, pupils and the school to work in partnership to promote the learning experience as an enjoyable one.
- improve the quality, variety and breadth of the learning experience by networking with information providers beyond the school (e.g. libraries and the internet).
- ensure a consistency of approach to home and lifelong learning throughout the school.
- endeavour to match the home learning needs of individual pupils.
- take into account the needs and abilities of individual pupils.
- ensure parents/carers have a clear understanding about expectations from themselves and the pupil.
We use the book band colour system alongside a combination of reading schemes to support children to progress. Example schemes include: Oxford Reading Tree, Project X, Big Cat Collins and phonetically decodable books from the Bug Club range. Children learn to read at different rates. Once they finish the reading scheme, we encourage them to become ‘free readers’ and choose their own books from our extensively stocked school library. Alongside this, we have an extensive range of books matched to the children’s reading levels electronically through our Accelerated Reader and Reading Eggs programme. All books provided include fiction and non–fiction books to develop children’s reading range.
Practical Ways to Help
Provide a quiet environment
Provide a quiet, well lit study area. Avoid distractions such as the television and loud music. Encourage other family members to be quiet, especially youngsters.
Ensure your child has basic equipment such as pens, pencils, a ruler, erasers, a dictionary and writing paper. Other useful items could include paper clips, a calculator, scissors, glue, a thesaurus and sticky tape. These should be kept together. Book bags are a good idea because books can be carried to and from school safely.
Ipads and PC’s are not vital to successful home study, they obviously have great benefits in terms of being able to access information quickly.
Praise Effort and Achievement
It is vital to praise a child for his or her efforts and achievements. Positive comments are more effective than critical ones. A child can become disaffected if continually reminded of shortcomings. Building self-esteem is very important if a child is to try with school work.
Have a Regular Home Learning Routine
Obviously household routines differ. Late at night is rarely a good time to study, as children are tired. You may need to be flexible if your child attends outside activities. Try to get a balance, but home learning is a priority. If it is being rushed then consider reducing after school commitments or television viewing. Having a routine helps to avoid excuses such as “I’ll do it after this programme” or “I forgot.” It is important that a child learns to take responsibility rather than having to rely on reminders. Also do not expect your child to work on an empty stomach. No-one works well when they are hungry.
Monitor Home Learning
Obviously how closely children need to be monitored is dependent on several factors:
- the age of the child
- how able your child is academically
- how independently your child is able to work
It is a good idea to check home learning over. It is important to remember that the home learning is not yours, but your child’s. If you do the activities and tasks you are not helping him or her to become an independent learner.
Show an Interest
Make time to talk about school in daily conversations. Take your child to the library if he or she needs to access reference materials such as books. Librarians can also guide your child where to look for information. You can give your child a good start if you read with your child and discuss current reading books, at least up to the age of eleven.
Set a Good Example
Children’s attitudes to home learning are mainly influenced by their parents’ guidance and examples. They are more likely to want to study if they see you reading and writing. Days out and educational visits can also support learning.