Learning at Home
At St Mary’s, we believe that our approach to learning at home can have a significant impact on children’s attitudes to learning and their academic progress. Pupils will engage more with the curriculum in school if activities designed to be completed at home are relevant, creative and inspiring. Learning at home that is not exciting or carefully matched to experiences in school can actually be a barrier to improved learning. Tasks must never be set for the sake of it and great consideration must be given to designing activities that are challenging but achievable. Pupils are also likely to perform well in school if their parents or carers are appropriately engaged in their learning. Consequently, activities for should be accessible to parents and appropriate to be completed together. Home learning should provide opportunities to create ‘beautiful work’, through open-ended experiences linked to learning in school. This should include encouraging children to interact with the wider world through research or practical, active learning and outdoor experiences. This will build confidence and self-esteem, which in turn will support children’s mental health and wellbeing.
If you wish read more from our Overview of Learning at Home report click on the document below.