How to support your child's learning at home

It is important to us that children's learning in school is supported, consolidated and extended at home.

Please take the time to read our Home Learning Policy, which details the types and amount of homework set for children across the school. This document makes clear our expectations of how children, parents and staff can work together to make sure that homework is worthwhile and has a positive impact on children's progress with their learning.

We have reviewed our homework policy and practices to make sure that what is set is relevant and manageable for learners, their families and staff. 

We hope that all parents and carers are able to support their children with their home learning. Having a regular time put aside, either at the start or at the end of the day, helps children to get into a homework habit.  Children need to know that their homework should be completed to the best of their ability and returned on time, where a 'hand-in' deadline has been given. We do not expect parents to 'do the homework' for the child, but we would hope that parents take an active interest, encouraging their child to be an active 'home learner'. Studies have shown that frequent parental involvement in children's home learning makes a HUGE difference to children's progress with their learning in school.

We encourage children to practise their basic skills in Reading, Spelling and Maths, and set fornightly homework tasks for these areas of the curririculum. 

We want children to develop a love of reading and encourage them to read independently every day at home, and regularly to an adult.  We ask that parents/carers support their children with this key skill: there is a home reading record in which parent/carers can comment on their child's reading, and help their child to keep notes on what they have read.

Children have a homework book for Maths and Spelling investigations, or for younger children' sound/phonic work.

Parents, grandparents, carers and older/younger siblings can all play a vital role in helping children to become more confident learners, by encouraging them:

  • to talk about what they have learnt in school, and how they feel about their learning
  • to regularly practise their key skills in the core subjects
  • to find out more about our project work, through reading, researching and making

In addition to the information provided at your child's 'Welcome to our Class Flyer' and the 'Class Meeting for Parents and Friends' at the start of the year,  each class sends out a 'Fortnight Flyer' which outlines what's happening across the coming fortnight in each class. Please also see the links below for further detail on how to support children in Reading, Phonics and Spelling, and Mathematics. We hope you find these materials useful.

  1. Home Learning Policy
  2. St Aldhelm's Calculation Policy September 2017
  3. Number Games KS1
  4. Number Games KS2
  5. Words we use to talk about Phonics and Spelling in school
  6. UPDATED 2017 Helping Your Child With Spelling
  7. Supporting your child in their reading development
  8. Weblinks for authors and books