At Horsenden Primary School we believe in ‘home learning’ rather than ‘homework’ because learning is fun! We therefore aim to set short home learning tasks that support and consolidate lessons taught in school and hope to provide creative ways to help parents and carers support their children at home.
Research tell us that ‘homework’ has little impact for primary age pupils, unless it requires them to rehearse and practise. There are also increasingly high pressures on children and there is a need for them to enjoy their childhood, having a break from school work when at home. Our Home Learning Policy is based on this research and therefore requires pupils to only practise key skills that need consolidating for their age group.
Weekly Home Learning Tasks:
From Reception, pupils will receive weekly spelling lists and a maths skill to practise or explore. Sometimes teachers will ask for this work to be completed via an online platform, such as Spelling Shed or Mathletics. Pupils should read for at least 15 minutes every evening from Nursery through to Year 6. This should be a mix of adults modelling reading and the child reading the ability-level books sent home from school (from Reception onward). Reading Records need to be filled in daily. If you are struggling to find the time to hear your child read, please speak to the class teacher so that we can suggest alternative ways to ensure your child’s reading progress is not hindered.
In addition, there will be school-wide ‘The Great Debate’ tasks which link to our weekly SMSC topics. These are for families to discuss as a group and encourage the development of critical thinking and communication and language skills. They also provide opportunities for quality family time which helps pupils’ social and emotional development.
Each year group will have slightly different home learning routines however a letter will be sent home in the first week of the academic school year to ensure parents and carers have a clear understanding of expectations. If you have any concerns or problems with home learning tasks, please don’t hesitate to see your child’s class teacher.
Half Term and Holiday Home Learning Projects:
Home learning projects are set by our Deputy Headteachers, Mrs Donaghy and Miss Sutherland for each half term or holiday break. These aim to develop passion and excitement about new themes or concepts. Projects are not compulsory however allow pupils to explore ideas in a creative way with their siblings and families. These are then displayed around the school and a special few are selected to display outside Mrs Appelby's office for all to see. We love seeing the imaginative and innovative ways our pupils choose to evidence their ideas! The projects will be sent out at the end of each term either with the final newsletter or via parentmail, but you can also find all the details and documents uploaded below. You'll also find some photos of the amazing work submitted and displayed in school.
Holiday Home Learning Projects
Autumn 1 2020 - Home Learning Project:
Artwork inspired by Andy Goldsworthy
The October Half Term project for 2020 is about making artwork using nature. You can make your artwork with any natural resources, such as: leaves, twigs, pebbles, rocks, flowers, grass, acorns or conkers - anything that you find. See further details in the downloadable project document below.
Artwork inspired by Andy Goldsworthy (click to download here or read below)
Home Learning Highlights of 2019-2020:
We loved the various challenges and topics that pupils explored during the half term breaks and end of term holidays last year. We are excited to bring new ideas, topics and challenges to you all in 2020-21 and we look forward to seeing your creative presentations and displays! Here's a few highlights from last year's projects:
Summer Holidays Home Learning Project:
The Big Reading Challenge!
We have missed you all being in school and getting to do some of the fun book challenges that we had ready for the summer term. But, we have found a new reading challenge for you for the summer holidays! How many different types of books can you read over the break? We have found a poster that gives you some ideas - you'll have to find titles that match each category yourself though, so it is a research and reading challenge. We look forward to hearing about the books your find and read. The instructions are at the bottom of the page in blue. Good luck!
The Big Reading Challenge Home Learning Project - July 2020 (click to download)
Summer 1 Home Learning Project:
Cultural Diversity Day
The May Half Term project for 2020 is about honouring who we are, our background, beliefs and traditions. You can explore other cultures and what makes us similar or different, then celebrate these things! See further details in the downloadable project document below.
Cultural Diversity Day Home Learning Project - May 2020 (click to download)
Thank you to all the pupils who explored ‘Cultural Diversity Day’ during the May half term. We loved looking and reading through your projects to see the creative and exciting things that you got up to with your families! We can see that some of you enjoyed cooking, music, research and shared family traditions. You can see a vibrant collage of some of the work below, and a more in-depth look at individual projects if you open the downloadable PDF beneath that. Well done to everyone that got involved and submitted their work; we would usually display all of your projects in school but are excited to share them with everyone here on our website!
Individual Learning Projects – Cultural Diversity Day 2020 (click to download)
Spring 1 Home Learning Project:
Art & Portraits
The February Half Term project is about practising the portrait skills you’ve been working on with Mr Arya in school recently. You can choose your medium and your study – will it be you, a family member or someone else? We can’t wait to see what you come up with!
Art & Portraits Home Learning Project - February 2020 (click to download)
Well you can see from the snapshot below that we have some incredibly talented artists at Horsenden! Wow! We received so many projects and were so impressed with the different people that you chose to represent in your portrait work, the various mediums that you used and the ways that you framed or presented your art. These portraits and many more have certainly brightened up the corridor - thank you to everyone who got involved!