At St. Barnabas we encourage pupils not to see learning as work that has to be done. In contrast, we believe that learning is a continuous process and has a benefit to ourselves. We want our children to be lifelong learners who have the independence, resourcefulness, creativity and resilience to cope with all the demands of the future. Home learning has a key role in developing these attributes and is an excellent way for parents to support their child’s learning.
At St. Barnabas we use the term ‘homework’ widely, to mean any learning or activities which pupils are asked to do outside lesson time, either on their own or with parents or carers. Not all learning can take place in the classroom and pupils, if they are to have a full and equal chance of success, should be able to pursue their academic interests and complete home learning tasks in a supportive environment. Homework is done outside the classroom, without the guidance of teachers; it can be done at school but more usually it is done at home. Children perform at their best when home and school work together. Homework is an opportunity for parents to become active partners in supporting learning. Homework should also be enjoyable for the child involved and should stimulate imagination and creativity as well as reinforcing what is taught in the classroom. Children generally enjoy continuing their activities and sharing their experiences and ideas and bringing work started at home back into school.
Year 5 Learning Log, researching an artist.
Homework can cover a very wide range of activities, depending on the age of the child, but throughout the primary years a consistent emphasis will be put on reading for pleasure and purpose as part of homework.
All parents receive a letter outlining the weekly homework schedule, recognising that from time to time it may not always be possible to stick rigidly to it.