Upton Cross Primary School recognises the impact of home and school experiences on a child’s development as a learner.
We also recognise the value of those experiences being different to each other.
Home learning allows the opportunity for learning through real life experiences – conversation; games; visits to parks, museums, galleries, events, libraries etc; helping at home (baking, cooking, shopping etc); joining clubs and groups and a whole range of other experiences.
We therefore encourage the following learning experiences at home:
- Conversations about the child’s interests and experiences
- Encouraging children to take an interest in news and current affairs (BBC’s Newsround programme is excellent for children)
- Outings to places of interest (there are many places to visit free of charge inCentral Londonand children travel free on public transport)
- Swimming/learning to swim in local swimming pools
- Playing board games together
- Visiting the library and helping your child to find books that they will enjoy
- Encouraging children to help with baking and cooking – weighing out ingredients etc
- Sharing shopping trips – counting out apples, tins etc into trolleys and shopping bags; looking at ingredients, nutritional information etc on tins and packets; calculating costs of items; discussing healthy food choices
- Helping to recognise and use coins and notes
- Learning to tell the time and learning the days of the week and months of the year is best learnt at home in the context of daily activities and discussions
- Joining after school clubs or clubs run by other organisations to develop children’s interests and confidence
- If you have access to the internet, sharing research into topics of interest
It is also recognised that there is also a place for supporting children in more traditional areas of learning; reading daily with children of all ages is very important and for pupils learning multiplication tables help at home is invaluable.
Most of our pupils are lucky enough to be learning more than one language – English as well as a home language.
This helps them in all areas of learning so you can support them by making sure that they become fluent and confident in their home language and by reassuring them that it is okay to use their home language in school.