At Heathlands we recognise the importance of home learning for consolidating skills and promoting a work ethic.
Lower school pupils all have daily reading and are encouraged to read with an adult at home each evening. Pupils also have spellings to learn and these are generally given at the start of the week and tested on a Friday. Some pupils may be asked to keep a weekend diary and bring it to school on a Monday for discussion, this is particularly to support the development of the pupils’ language and communication skills.
Home learning grids usually start when pupils are in KS2, however this can depend on the needs of each pupil or cohort. The purpose of the home learning grids is to provide a range of learning activities and short curriculum linked projects to encourage pupils to develop their independence, work ethic and love of learning.
Children are given a choice of topic related home learning activities for a term or half term which they then choose from. Home learning allows children to follow their interests, helps to motivate them and develop their independence as learners.
Home learning activities are usually returned on a Monday and shared with the rest of the class. For older pupils additional daily home learning or homework may be given supporting and reinforcing in class learning.