Homework is set by staff on a regular basis. In the Early Years, children will bring home a school reading book and some “key words” to learn with you. As they get older, they will be given spelling lists to learn, and eventually, as they progress through school, they will start to receive regular homework tasks.
Homework is designed to help children to develop and extend their skills across the curriculum, and help them to practise organising their time and commitments in preparation for the transfer to high school. Parental support is obviously vital in this respect and we are often asked how parents can help. It is probably best to try to ensure that your child has somewhere quiet to do their homework, away from distractions and to encourage your child to get into a routine so that work is completed in good time without any rushing or last-minute panic. Discussing homework and encouraging and praising all efforts are very important and help your child to feel confident and happy about their work.
Each class teacher has a class email address which is used for communication with parents about home learning and we also request that parents sign up to ‘Google Classrooms’ so the teacher can set home learning if they need to work at home.
REPORTING TO PARENTS AND CARERS
Parents’ and Carers’ Evenings are held twice per year in the autumn and spring terms to discuss children’s progress and identify key targets for each child for the term ahead. Progress reports are sent home at the end of the autumn and spring term and a comprehensive annual school report will be sent to each child’s parent or carer towards the end of the summer term. This report will comment on academic progress across all subjects, individual achievements, personal development, and general attitude to school life. End of Key Stage 1 and 2 assessments will be reported to parents and carers along with teacher assessments. Further targets for improvement are also included in the school report.
Parents and carers are welcome into the school to discuss their child’s welfare or curriculum issues at any time. However, it will help the organisation of the school if appointments are made in advance.
With all the concerns over the coronavirus outbreak and how this might impact schools and your child’s learning, we wanted to offer you some ideas to help you continue their education during any potential school closures. A Home Learning pack has been sent home with each child, along with an exercise book. The links below include the answers to the questions, practical activities and a copy of the home learning pack should your children lose it.
We also appreciate that keeping children engaged in their learning whilst at home is not going to be easy and so we have prepared content for your child that can be completed both independently or with adult support.
There is also a 'Support for home learning' document that has been put together by Lancashire County Council to support families having to work with children at home due to school closure. There are various links and examples below that the children can follow. (The full document is available below - Home Learning).
These newsletters from the Lancashire SEND Specialist Teacher Service have lots of suggestions and practical ideas for parents and carers of young people with SEND https://www.lancashire.gov.uk/children-education-families/online-education/#section5
Pupil usernames and passwords have been shared to the following sites via you child's class teacher.
Purple Mash https://www.purplemash.com/sch/stjohnol12
Numbots https://play.numbots.com/#/account/school-login/10322 By TTRockstars and username details are the same as above.
Classroom Secret Kids https://kids.classroomsecrets.co.uk/my-account/
Phonicsplay is also providing free home access https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/
In the interest of providing children with opportunities to connect with their peers and teachers, blogs have been set up for KS2 via the Purple Mash platform. We encourage children to continue with mindfulness activites used in school, such as Cosmic Kids, https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga as well as Mindful Gnats, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYpy8lovY8MfA6biHtn4-_A Mindful Gnats is also available to download free on the App Store or Google Play. A 14 day home challenge from the ELSA can be found at https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Coronavirus-home-challenge.pdf, providing activites to support children's wellbeing from home.
Wellbeing is affecting children and families across the globe, please familiarise yourself with our Mental Health and Wellbeing Page to access actvities and organisations to support wellbeing during the pandemic.
There are also a series of learning projects and activities planned out over a weekly basis available via the following link -