Homework makes an important contribution to pupils’ progress at school. It provides opportunities for you to develop the partnership with school and share responsibility for your child’s learning. We will encourage your child to develop the confidence and self-discipline needed to study on their own, as they get older, preparing them for the requirements of Secondary School. By setting homework we aim to provide opportunities for your child to practise and revise what they have been learning in class. Spelling and reading homework is set each night. In addition there is some mathematics and written homework set, to match your child’s ability and age.
Your child will also receive Learning Genie homework. This is given at the start of a new area of learning and is an opportunity for your child to practise, rehearse or research the key skills and knowledge needed for learning in the classroom. Learning Genie homework supports learning across the different areas of the curriculum and can be presented in different ways, giving your child the opportunity to make decisions about their learning. Some Learning Genie homework may require Internet access, but alternative ways of completing the work will be provided for those without access to the Internet.
Details of your child’s homework will be sent out to you at the beginning of each term.
The teaching of writing has improved across the school. This is because teachers use well-chosen resources effectively to support pupils’ development of the writing process, and, as a result, pupils write confidently for a range of purpose across different subjects (OFSTED 2017).
Learning Genie homework
How does it work?
- Learning Genie homework tasks are designed and set for pupils to complete.
- This is so that children can find out some information in preparation for the lesson
- Pupils engage with these tasks at home or in after school homework club.
- Pupils learn facts and practice skills required.
- In the next lesson, an assessment of the skills and knowledge is made by adults and pupils – based on SOLO taxonomy (pre-structural, uni-structural, multistructural, relational and extended abstract).
- The adults assess whether pupils are feeling fully ready to apply their learning or whether they need more support / questions answered before applying their skills and knowledge.
- Teachers differentiate effectively based upon the outcomes of the assessment.
- The teacher challenges the pupils who feel they have fully grasped the information to apply their understanding to higher order thinking activities – Relational and Extended abstract tasks.
- If children aren’t ready additional support with the skills and knowledge is given.
- Pupils have the opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge through engaging contexts which develop independence and decision making.Why is it important to support your child with Learning Genie homework?If a child is not supported with their homework, it means that are likely to be assessed as not having the knowledge and skills to move on to the relational and extended abstract tasks in the lesson. As a result of not having the support, your child is less likely to make the progress they are capable of; they will make slower progress.