Home Learning

In the Primary Section, we believe that learning at home forms an important part of a student’s development, providing opportunities to practise and consolidate skills. Our policy aims to balance the learning set by the school with time for students to benefit fully from play and other activities.

The following table lays out the amount of time per evening students are expected to spend on their Home Learning. If your child is struggling with any aspect or is regularly spending more than the allotted time, please contact your child’s teacher for guidance.

 

Year Approximate amount of time
1 30
2 30
3 45
4 45
5 60
6 60

 

Home Learning can support student learning by:

  • Developing independent learning, self-discipline, time management and organisational skills.
  • Providing opportunities to practise and consolidate the skills introduced during the school day.
  • Understanding how their in-class learning can be applied to their at-home world.
  • Extending students' knowledge of the world around them.
  • Providing opportunities to learn more about individual interests.

Home Learning schedules are shared by the year group with their classes at the start of the academic year. An example of how the schedule looks like is below:

Home Learning Timetable

 

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Year 1

and 2

Reading / LSCWC

Reading / LSCWC

Reading / LSCWC

Reading

Reading Arabic

 

Year 3

Reading LSCWC

Abacus Review

Reading Maths Speed Test

Reading LSCWC

Maths Speed Test

Reading LSCWC

Arabic

Reading

ITU Talk Active Learn

 

Year 4

Reading

Abacus Review LSCWC

Reading LSCWC

Maths Speed Tests

Reading Arabic

Reading LSCWC

Maths Speed Tests

Reading

ITU Talk Active Learn

 

Year 5

Reading LSCWC

Automaticity Minutes

Abacus Review

Reading LSCWC

Automaticity Minutes

Reading LSCWC

Automaticity Minutes

Reading Active Learn Arabic

 

Reading ITU Talk

 

Year 6

Reading LSCWC

Automaticity Minutes Active Learn

Reading LSCWC

Abacus Review

Reading LSCWC

Automaticity Minutes

Reading Automaticity Minutes Arabic

 

Reading ITU Talk

LSCWC = Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check (Spelling learning)

 

 

Reading

Reading in the Early Years will depend on the individual child’s readiness. All Early Years parents are encouraged to read with their child on a regular basis. Once on the reading scheme, YR children are expected to share a book at home on a daily basis.

We suggest that children from Y1 read for approximately 15 minutes per night and longer if they are enjoying it. We would hope that this time will increase as they progress through school. Where possible, reading practice should take place with a parent, another adult relative or a responsible older sibling, with regular conversations about the book taking place throughout the session.

Maths

Maths home learning starts from Y3 and is presented in three different formats.

  • Maths for Automaticity - number based activities to improve basic facts speed and accuracy.
  • Abacus Home Learning – linked to the learning going on in the classroom.
  • Active Learn activities – optional web-based Maths extensions.

Integrated Thematic Units (ITU) / Talk and Write

This is an opportunity for you to talk to your child and support their learning in school. More information on how to support your child with this will follow. Talk and write homework will generally be linked to your child’s ITU. It may involve preliminary research, information gathering, recording thoughts or ideas or it may also be an opportunity for free writing.

Arabic

  • In Y1, Y2 and Y3 the students are expected to complete a short task.
  • In Y4, Y5 and Y6 the students will be expected to consolidate their in-class learning with a home learning assignment each week.
  • No student is expected to spend more than 15 minutes on their Arabic homework.

Upper Primary Home Learning Diary

The home learning diary, specially designed by the Upper Primary teachers, is an important tool for home-school communications and a way of helping your child organise themselves. The diary itself contains guidance on how it

should be used and further information about:

  • Home learning FAQs (frequently asked questions).
  • Behaviour guidelines and advice.
  • School uniform.
  • Things to remember for school.
  • A copy of your child’s timetable.
  • The School’s Mission Statement.

Please take some time to read these sections with your child and to become familiar with the workings of the diary.

Essential School Equipment

Year 1 & Year 2

·      Pencil case

·      3 x HB pencils

·      A ruler

·      Pencil sharpener

·      An eraser

·      Colouring pencils

·      Blue Book Bag sold in uniform shop

 

Year 3 to Year 6

·      Pencil case

·      3 x HB pencils

·      A ruler

·      Pencil sharpener

·      An eraser

·      Colouring pencils

·      A blue or black pen

·      An iPad or similar tablet device

·      An ocarina (Years 3 & 4) sold in uniform shop

·      A recorder (Year 5 & 6) sold in uniform shop

·      Blue Book Bag sold in uniform shop