Home Learning supports, extends and enriches the learning that takes place in school. Parents, carers, siblings, friends and family members are encouraged to become involved in home learning. Whilst there are key activities to be undertaken by the children on their own, other activities are designed to be collaborative.
The focus for home learning is aligned with the Integrated Projects; each different in their focus creating a range of activities. Each task is carefully designed to meet the needs of the children across the school, with clear expectations and time limits for completion.
Home learning develops children's independence. Seeing through a home learning task requires good work habits and helps develop perseverance, resilience and resourcefulness. Skills that have been learned in school can be practiced in home learning tasks increasing confidence and are applied to a range of different contexts. Furthermore, it captures the children's interests, fuels their motivation to learn and, at times, provides opportunities to use the local environment and experiences which cannot always be provided in class.
In addition, parents and carers gain an on-going view of the kind of learning their child is engaged in, the range of learning that takes place in school and the progress the child is making. Home learning outcomes are shared with the class and with a wider audience through Project Outcomes.
At St Mark's we ensure that homework set reinforces key skills, supports children’s learning and enable parents to have a knowledge of learning covered in school. Homework enables teachers and parents to work together to promote self-discipline and good working habits. Please find below the School Homework Policy.
Please see below our St Mark's 'Principles for Home Learning'.