At St Chad's, we do not advocate 'formal homework'. As an infant school, we are very aware that our children are still very young and we do not underestimate the importance of play, 'down time' and quality time with loved ones. In the modern world of schedules, routines, and many demands and responsibilities, it is increasingly important for children to be allowed to be children.
At St Chad's, we value a strong home-school partnership. Our approach to Home Learning allows our children to share and practise their learning outside of school in an informal and non-threatening manner.
We encourage all children to complete half-termly Home Learning tasks. Home Learning tasks are set at the beginning of a new half-term and cover all areas of the curriculum. Children can choose which order to complete. We encourage a ‘little and often’ approach so advise that children complete one home learning task every week. Home Learning tasks place a strong emphasis on 'talk'. Each activity has a 'Let's Talk' focus and encourage the involvement of a parent or carer. By the end of the half-term, all home learning tasks should be completed. Home Learning books are monitored and marked weekly and children are rewarded with Class Dojos.
We place a strong emphasis on developing our children's speech, language and communication. Each week children are assigned a new word to 'use and practise' at home. In addition to the Home Learning tasks, children should also be practising their weekly Maths KIRFs (Key Instant Recall Facts/Mental Maths) and Home Reading. We expect children to read at least three times a week at home alongside an adult and ask that Reading Records are signed. Reading Records are monitored daily by teaching staff. We ask that all children bring a St Chad's Book Bag to school everyday. Book Bags can be purchased from our school office for £3.50.
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