There are two components to this programme, one compulsory, the other voluntary.
1. Home Learning (Compulsory)
Home learning focuses primarily on literacy and numeracy. If discussed and agreed to as part of a 3 way conference goal there may also be some form of additional practise of a specific skill or competency, e.g. handwriting, getting to school on time. No extra weekly extension activities will be provided. These children will be directed to the Trentham Challenge programme.
The focus of home learning in these early years is to support literacy and numeracy. Reading should be happening every night. Basic spelling words and number facts also should be worked on four evenings a week. Regular, small amounts usually work better than less frequent, longer sessions. Other important skills to be developed include: talking and sharing, practising motor skills like throwing, catching and skipping, and time for imaginative play both independently and with others.
Year 3 & 4 (20 minutes per night over 4 days)
Reading – at least 10 minutes each night Spelling – Basic Word Lists – 5 minutes each night Basic facts – 5 minutes each night
Year 5 & 6 (25 minutes per night over 4 days)
Reading – at least 15 minutes each night Spelling – Basic Word Lists – 5 minutes each night Basic facts – 5 minutes each night In Years 5 & 6, home learning may also support a few key learning projects that require most students to work on at home to complete to the expected standard.
Parents will be provided with material so they can support their children with their learning.
All students who successfully complete the compulsory Home Learning will be presented with a certificate acknowledging their achievement at the end of each term. They will also receive a small reward at an end of year celebration assembly and be involved in an afternoon of fun.
2. Trentham Challenge (Optional)
Based on the Windsor PRIDE Challenge and Seatoun TRUMP Learning programmes, our Trentham Challenges programme sits alongside our compulsory home learning expectations.
There are a number of key differences between our Trentham Challenge and traditional homework. They include:
- Children choose to participate.
- Children can choose what challenges they undertake.
- A wide range of engaging and enjoyable challenges that involve the family and child.
- It acknowledges many of the in-school and out-of-school learning activities children are involved in.
- It reflects the unique character of our school and community.
- It is through doing and then reflecting on the process.
- It is fun, challenging, success-orientated and includes all the competencies.
- Children were involved in developing the programme, and will continue to be involved in its on-going review.
- This learning is acknowledged, shared and celebrated.
- No longer called homework – referred to as home learning.
- Our decision to introduce this programme resulted from our self review of current practice against the revised National Curriculum. A key component of this document is the five key competencies of thinking, relating to others, using language, symbols and text, managing self, and participating and contributing.
These competencies align with Trentham School’s vision and values which led us to use the competencies to build our Challenges under. We have allocated Challenges to each of the five competencies.
Thinking critically and creatively to make sense of information, experiences and ideas. Intellectual curiosity is at the heart of this competency.
|Relating to Others – is about interacting effectively with a diverse range of people in a variety of contexts.|
|Using Language, Symbols & Text – is about working with and making meaning of all the codes in which knowledge is expressed.|
|Managing Self – is about self motivation and a “can do” attitude. It involves setting goals and making plans to achieve them to the highest standard.|
|Participating & Contributing – is about being actively involved in communities. These may be family, local, national or global. It involves balancing rights, roles and responsibilities and participating in new contexts.|
How it works:
- For Year 4–6 students only. Year 0–3 students are only expected to complete the compulsory Home Learning.
- All children who successfully complete the minimum number of Challenges and complete the compulsory Home Learning will be presented with a badge and a certificate acknowledging their achievement at the end of each year.
- Children will be encouraged and supported to participate in the Trentham Challenge.
- If they wish, children may have a clear file, journal or book to keep or display the ‘evidence’ of their Challenge in, e.g. photographs, feedback, log, etc. This will be for each child to decide.
- Completed Challenges are not marked by the teacher. There is no grading given. The teacher will talk with a child about what they learnt from the Challenge, what went well, what they might do differently next time, etc. The completed Challenge is signed off in the child’s Challenge booklet, and in the teacher’s record book.
- There are no consequences for children who choose not to participate in the programme.
- Classes may have a ‘sharing time’ where children who have completed a specific Challenge, can share what they have done.
- Children who choose to participate in the Trentham Challenges programme know that they will be challenged academically, physically and in the arts. They may be required to give to others and the community, or work as part of a team. Self-responsibility and time management skills will come into play, as will perseverance, pride and a positive attitude.