In the Acorn we believe that learning is best achieved when using a triangular approach between school, child and home and we value all of the fantastic learning that you do with your children at home. We also understand that there is a fine balance between providing children with the opportunities to consolidate their learning; providing opportunities  for families to learn together on set projects; providing enough time in the week for family time and for children to relax and enjoy any hobbies that they have. With this in mind, we have adopted a two tiered approach to home learning and split it into compulsory and optional home learning. This will provide the children with the deliberate practice they need and also provide ideas for families who wish to do more optional home learning.

Compulsory

Optional

Reception

  • Phonics and reading practise
  • Share home learning stars. For ideas and guidance on home learning, look at this document: What to expect when.

KS1

  • Reading four times per week
  • Weekly spellings

 

  • Maths with parents – new videos and activities are added fortnightly
  • Doodlemaths
  • Extra homework ideas weekly on Seesaw
  • Termly pick and mix home learning menu

KS2

  • Reading four times per week
  • Weekly spellings
  • Weekly English or Maths to support class learning

 

  • Doodle maths
  • Timestables practise
  • Maths with parents – new videos and activities are added fortnightly
  • Extra homework ideas weekly on Seesaw
  • Termly pick and mix home learning menu

Phonics and reading practice is one of the most beneficial homeworks that you can do with a child. Research supports the fact that children who read regularly make the most progress. Five minutes a day will have a huge impact on your child’s reading progress. Please speak to one of the teaching team if you are unsure which phonics phase they are working on.

Home learning should be an enjoyable experience and can have a detrimental effect if that isn’t the case. If children feel anxious about their learning at home and are fearful of making mistakes, this can lead to them refusing to ‘have a go’ in school. Mistakes help us learn and resilience and willingness to try new learning are attitudes which we promote. These are what makes us life long learners. Games and everyday experiences are all fantastic learning opportunities; baking a cake or going for a nature walk are rich opportunities for learning. There are also a number of good websites which can help your child with their phonics and early maths work. These include: