April 25, 2016

Home Learning

At RPS homework is termed ‘Home Learning’ and is designed in line with the schools teaching and learning ethos. We believe that any learning completed outside school hours is important, and should not be seen as extra ‘work’. Therefore as a school we refer to this learning as ‘home learning’ and not homework.

At RPS we:

  • Believe that learning is a life-long process that occurs in all places including the home.
  • Believe that all home learning should be clear; relevant and make a contribution to a child’s learning and holistic development.
  • Feel that some forms of learning must be completed regularly to ensure that key facts and skills are learnt.
  • Believe that all children should read every day.
  • Value home learning as an authentic link between home and school.
  • Value the precious time that families spend together and believe that children should be encouraged to have interests outside the school and to have the time to pursue these interests.
  • Think it is essential that children, parents and teachers should be aware of the purpose of home learning.

We aim to:

  • Provide opportunities for parents, children and school to work in partnership.
  • Ensure consistency of approach throughout the school.
  • Ensure the needs of all children are taken into account.
  • Ensure parents have a clear understanding about expectations from themselves and the child.
  • Improve the quality of the learning experience offered to children.
  • Provide opportunities for parents and children to work together to enjoy learning experiences.
  • Ensure progression towards independence and individual responsibility of all children.
  • Encourage children to develop long term strategies for future needs.

Home Learning will:

  • Be differentiated so that all children experience success.  This differentiation may take the form of a home learning rubric.
  • Contain elements of choice and tasks that must be completed.
  • Be expected to be completed over a period of time that includes a number of school days and at least one weekend.
  • Include a place for children to record authentic action.
  • As much as possible be linked to learning being undertaken at school and at home.