Home Learning

Aims

  • To raise the attainment of all pupils
  • To ensure that the partnership between home and school is one which supports children’s learning
  • To consolidate and reinforce skills and concepts
  • To extend in-school learning through enquiry and research
  • To help pupils realise that learning takes place within and outside the classroom and to exploit a variety of resources for learning
  • To establish good learning habits
  • To give pupils the confidence and self-discipline needed for independent study

What does Cannon Park Home Learning include?

Home Learning comprises of three elements: reading, key skills and a half-termly learning challenge. Please note, Home Learning is different to Remote Learning, which only takes place if a child is unable to attend school due to COVID-19.

Reading

Reading can be done in three ways:

Reading to your child It is important for adults to read to children. This models to children how to read and exposes them to a wide vocabulary and a variety of texts as well helping to develop a strong general knowledge, which is important for reading comprehension.
Reading with your child Reading with your child involves a book, which the child can read some words and the adult may need to support with other words. Again, this will help develop the child’s vocabulary.
Your child reading to you This book will be pitched at the child’s reading ability; the child should be able to read the majority of words but may struggle over a few words or sounds, which they are currently learning.

Key Skills

At the start of each half term, teachers will give all children a Home Learning Guide, which will include key skills to focus on during that half term. This may include times tables, spellings or vocabulary. It will include information on any online learning, which the children can access. It is important that children spend time each week to develop their key skills. For more information or support, please contact your child’s class teacher.

Learning Challenges

Each half term, children will be given a variety of learning challenges, which will be linked to different areas of the curriculum. Children will be encouraged to complete one learning challenge each week. Home Learning should be returned to school on the penultimate Friday of the half-term, meaning the learning can be shared and celebrated during the final week.

Some year groups may also receive weekly home learning, directed by the Class Teacher.

When will my child receive Home Learning?

Home Learning will be set during the first week of each half term and should be returned on the penultimate Friday before each holiday, enabling the learning to be shared and celebrated during the final week.

How long should my child spend on Home Learning?

In order that children spend an appropriate amount of time on their home learning, we advise the following timings:

Reception Year 1/2 Year 3/4 Year 5/6

Reading every day

Key Skills 15 minutes each week

Learning Challenge

15 minutes each week

Reading every day

Key Skills 15 minutes three times a week

Learning Challenge

30 minutes each week

Reading every day

Key Skills 15 minutes four times a week

Learning Challenge

45 minutes each week

Reading every day

Key Skills 15 minutes five times a week

Learning Challenge

60 minutes each week

For more information or support, please contact your child’s class teacher.