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Home Learning Help
Click here for our Home Learning Policy.
Supporting your child in their learning is beneficial and rewarding. Bredgar CEP School encourages parents, carers and extended family members to take an active interest in what your child is learning. The policy above outlines the aims, purpose and expectations of home learning. Ultimately, we want our children to love learning, be prepared for the next stage of their education and have the skills to be independent learners, preparing them for their futures.
The aim of the weekly Home Learning club is to facilitate children to complete home learning independently at home. Any questions, queries or research can be completed there so that the children are ready to complete their learning at home.
Try to share a book with your child every day. The Home Learning Policy suggests recommended timings for the different year groups which are
Bears – 5-10 minutes
Butterflies - 5-10 minutes
Badgers – 10-20 minutes
Beavers – 15-25 minutes
If your child is enjoying sharing the book, feel free to continue. If your child is becoming distressed, it is better to do less or to read in 2 shorter sessions.
Remember children benefit from reading a wide variety of texts such as fiction (story) book, non-fiction (information) books, comics, recipes, instruction booklets, newspapers, appropriate articles online, posters and adverts.
For younger children, talk about what you see in the pictures, who the main characters are and what they think is going to happen next. Make sure that they have understood what they have just read by asking some questions.
For older children, talk about the different characters and identify what kind of character they are, discuss the meanings of new vocabulary and explore what the author is suggesting by the use of certain words.
Once children are able to read with some independence, they begin to use the ‘Accelerated Reader’ program at school. It is a computer based program which helps to devise a personalised reading experience for your child by tracking the understanding of texts they have read, aiding the assessment of your child’s reading ability and ensuring that your child is exposed to texts that have just the right level of challenge. To find out more about the Accelerated Reader program, click here or ask your child’s class teacher. You’ll be able to keep up to date with your child’s success in the reading quizzes they take by signing up to the Home Connect facility which the school will help with.
Useful videos to support Maths homework
The way in which pupils are taught to carry out different calculations has changed over the years. If you are not sure how your child may have been taught at school, below is a link to the ‘National Centre for Excellence in Teaching of Mathematics’ website with a range of useful videos which will explain current teaching practices.
Click on the link and then use the search tool to help find the relevant video. For example, if your child is in Year 1 and learning about addition, type in the search bar ‘Year 1 addition’
Click here to see demonstrations of correct number formation.
Here is the Calculation Policy which explains the order and method your child is being taught in maths. This is the Maths Vocabulary From Year 1 to Year 6 document which sets out the vocabulary taught across the school. Please do ask your child’s teacher if you are unsure of the method being taught.
When first learning to draw letter shapes, Bredgar CEP School teaches the continuous cursive style. Click here for demonstrations on how to form the letters correctly. It is really important to encourage children to form their letters correctly right from the beginning stages. By Year 2, most children will be ready to join their letters and progress onto the full cursive style. Click here for demonstrations.
Growth Mindset – helping your child to realise that anything is achievable if they keep on trying.
As a school, we promote a growth mindset for all children. To have a growth mindset means to believe that intelligence is not fixed but that everyone can learn and go on to achieve providing that enough effort is put into it. Click here to see a video of Carol Dweck who has carried out extensive research about Growth Mindsets.
Bredgar CEP School staff use growth mindset language when talking to children about their learning. We would recommend that parents, carers and family members also do the same.
Here are some useful phrases to use:
“Good – it’s making you think – that’s how your brain is growing!”
“You can use this mistake. Think about why it didn’t work and learn from it.”
“If you could already do it, you wouldn’t be learning anything.”
“You just haven’t been able to do it yet. Try another way”
Click here for the powerpoint that was used at Parent Workshop about Growth Mindset.
There are many children’s books available which promote a growth mindset. Click here for a list for some suggested titles.
If your child is really struggling to apply themselves or complete their homework, please come and talk to your child’s class teacher. Home learning should be a positive experience for everyone. If your child is becoming distressed, please stop the home learning session. Through discussion with the class teacher, the root cause of any distress or difficulty can usually be identified and a personalised home learning expectation agreed for the future.