Home learning in Key Stage 1
Now the children have had time to settle into their new classes, we would like to re-introduce the expectations of home learning.
Home learning is an important part of a child’s school life as it can help consolidate learning that has happened in the school day, provide the opportunity to build the child’s independence and creativity and also develop their organisational skills outside the classroom.
Following the success of Seesaw within our school community during the national school closures, we would like to use this tool to improve the way we provide home learning whilst also reducing risk caused through passing more items between homes and school. Therefore, home learning will now be set via Seesaw.
Seesaw can be accessed either through the internet site or through the app on a tablet or phone. All children have their own personal log-on to Seesaw which can be found in their Reading Diary books.
A list of the home learning that will be set, when and how it should be completed can be found below.
There is always a noticeable difference between the children who regularly complete their home learning and those that don’t. As with all areas of school life, it works better when there is a partnership between the school staff and the parents and carers – we all want the children to achieve the best they can. Therefore, your support with ensuring home learning is completed is greatly appreciated.
|Home Discovery Journal Menu||Set half termly (set by the Friday of the first full week back).||Children choose an activity from the menu to complete. The activities are linked to the class’s topic and cover a range of different subject areas for the child to choose from. They can then upload either a photo or written work in response. This will be shared and celebrated in class.|
|Reading||Children should be reading daily for around 10 minutes.||This could be a combination of reading to an adult or sibling, listening to stories being read and discussing their books with someone to develop understanding. Reading should be recorded in their Reading Diary. Teachers will look at these weekly. This does not need to be evidenced on Seesaw.|
|Maths Key Instant Recall Facts||At least twice times a week.||KIRFs (Key Instant Recall Facts) are designed to support the development of the mental skills that underpin much of the math’s work in the classroom. They are particularly useful when calculating, be it adding, subtracting, multiplying or dividing.
We know that, by internalizing these key facts which have been carefully structured to build upon each other term by term, year by year, children will have stronger foundation of mathematical understanding to build upon.
Please see the help guides provided on Seesaw and there will also be links to different games the children can play.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding home learning, please contact your child’s class teacher via Seesaw in the first instance.
Gemma Sandercock and KS1 team