Academic research shows that traditional home learning at primary school age makes little difference to academic attainment. Therefore, we believe we need to do something different!

After surveying children staff and parents of the Hamford community, we formulated two guiding principles upon which to base any home learning.

Home Learning should:

Encourage children and parents/carers to engage in learning which helps develop learning power and thinking skills, including being resourceful, reflective, resilient learners who think creatively and work as part of a team
Provide learning opportunities at home that link to the learning in class by participating in deliberate practice that promotes accuracy, fluency and mastery of key skillsAlthough there are many ways you can help at home to support your child’s academic knowledge and skills there are even more valuable experiences you can be providing to help develop your child’s passion for learning and life.

In his book ‘Good Ideas: How to be Your Child’s (and Your Own) Best Teacher’ Michael Rosen explains that, ’We live in a world surrounded by all the stuff that education is supposed to be about: machines, bodies, languages, cities, votes, mountains, energy, movement, plays, food, liquids, collisions, protests, stones, windows. But the way we’ve been taught often excludes all sorts of practical ways of finding out about ideas, knowledge and culture.’

So, how can you help at home? Build and create magnificent machines, magical lands or anything else that interests your child – maybe they will want to write about it or make a film about it or maybe they won’t but at the very least they have shared an amazing experience with you discussing it, questioning what to do next, evaluating what they like and what they want to change. Alternatively, explore the great outdoors! Go for a walk on the beach or in a forest and marvel about the wonders of nature – they may even want a pet and learn how to look after another life. Cook and bake with them to help foster a fascination in food and how it helps sustain life. Encourage your child to take up a hobby, such as collecting football stickers, and be amazed how it leads to the acquisition of greater knowledge. Take them to a museum or art gallery – big or small – maybe they will want to draw, paint or sculpt when they get home. Take them to see live music and promote the importance of practise, determination and commitment needed to master an instrument. Play sports or board games – teaching them the value of competition, but yet the dignity of sportsmanship.

Ultimately, spending quality time with your child is the greatest way of helping at home.

#Be Responsible
#Be Curious
#Be Resilient
#Have Integrity
#Be Compassionate
#Be Reflective

Home Learning guides for each year group are available from the academy reception.