In the years before children start school, they have already learned a huge amount. The lead and support you have given your child has been essential for his or her development and it will continue to be so. School does not aim to take over and, although we do follow a set curriculum, at Marlborough we recognise that for children to make all the progress of which they are capable they depend upon your continuing support and we all need to work as partners in their learning.
Homework at Marlborough School is called Home Learning. It refers to any activity which pupils do outside of lesson times as a means of supporting their learning in school and which develops children's independence, at the same time as giving them the opportunity to discuss their reading, ideas and knowledge at home.
Early on in school, children bring home reading books and the greatest help they can receive at home is that parents share their enthusiasm and read to them and alongside them as their skills develop. Similarly, counting together and exploring number patterns underpins children's mathematical development. It is the talk around the specific learning tasks which is of greatest value and home learning can only be effective when it is a positive experience for all involved.
Class teachers are always ready to give guidance and the use of a learning log is an essential tool in maintaining a line of communication that helps to develop children’s ability to reflect on their learning as well as to deal with any problems or issues that arise The following table gives a guide of the activities and experiences children should meet through Marlborough’s home learning framework:
- English - sharing and discussing books, games and investigations to encourage writing
- Maths - activities and game ideas related to counting, pattern and shape
- English - sharing, discussing and responding to books and other media, games and investigations to encourage and develop writing skills
- Maths - activities related to and linking class learning, memorising mathematical facts and vocabulary
- Science, Time and Place and wider learning - reflection and extension of school activities, investigating further information, extending activities and exploring concepts inspired in school