Home Learning

Research tells us that children who complete regular home learning are usually more successful in their school life as it supports the development of lifelong learning skills and it promotes engagement in the curriculum.  Parents can have a positive effect on supporting help children to develop positive learning habits.

Learning beyond the classroom is a vital part of ensuring that our children succeed. It helps teachers to maximise the learning time in class, and gives pupils the opportunity to extend and deepen their understanding. Activities such as Brownies, Cubs, Sports, Dance & Drama all develop important skills and they promote positive mental and physical health. This is why we encourage our children to take part in after school clubs during weekends and evenings as well as the clubs offered by Willow Primary School.

We believe that our children should be allowed the freedom to engage in lots of activities out of school as these activities support their learning in school so the amount of home learning we expect allows for family and social time.

Reading

All children are expected to read at least 5 times per week. They can read anything, such as their school book (banded to the appropriate level), a book from home or the local library. In school, we will check their understanding through the use of Accelerated Reader quizzes with celebrations and rewards each half term.  As an additional challenge, children have Reading Passports. These are a selection of hand picked books which they are encouraged to read and track through the passport. We award prizes for those who complete this challenge!

Maths

We use MyMaths and Timetables Rockstars along with other resources support home learning in Maths. We provide children with opportunities to practise Maths through repetition, mainly using online programmes that are easy and encouraging for children to use.

Teachers set appropriate home learning tasks on MyMaths and will regularly check that children have completed work and how successful they have been. Children are encouraged to complete MyMaths and Timetables Rockstars each week through class recognition, certificates and competitions in school.

Times Tables Rock Stars is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times tables practice that is set by our Teachers for children from Year 2 to Year 6. We know that repetition of times tables helps with recall and confidence.

Spelling

Children will bring Read, Write Inc. booklets home so that they can practise their Speed Sounds. From Y2 onwards children are set weekly spellings to practise using Spelling Frame where they can practise segmenting words, putting words into context and then testing their knowledge. Their are some great games here to motivate them! 

Home Learning and the Wider Curriculum

Our children love to show how engaged they are in their topic work so we encourage them to complete ONE project linked to their current topic. Teachers suggest projects that develop research skills and support creativity. Projects are displayed in the classroom or around the school building.

All pupils have access to a MSTeams account. This can be used at home and provides free access to Microsoft 365 which allows children to create and upload photos, PowerPoints and Word documents. Teachers of older children will, at times, set assignments for children to complete at home to enhance their learning. 

Home learning for Reception is shared through Tapestry (see the  Reception class page for details).

Teachers may also set additional home learning for some children when extra practise is required or in preparation for assessments.

Remote Learning

We all hope that we will never need this again but in the event of large groups of children being absent or school closure, please click the link below to access your child's Remote Learning.
Remote Learning

Children can also independently challenge themselves in certain subjects by completing the Willow Graduate Programme.