Homework at Anson
Children receive homework in a variety of ways at Anson. Our primary goal of all our homework is to help engage parents to support their children. It is therefore extremely rare for us to hand out worksheets or stand alone tasks in the name of 'giving homework'. Homework is more about parents working with their children to support deeper understanding.
All children are encouraged to read and be read to. Younger children also use our online maths program to support their learning. Depending on the year group there are also times when we focus on multiplication tables or spelling patterns. Again we try to encourage the support of parents at all times. You can see more by clicking on the Help at Home button.
Children in Key Stage Two take part in Sticky Sheets.
Sticky Sheets have five main goals;
1.Children become independent, organised learners, making decisions about what to study and when to study it.
2. Parents become more engaged with their child’s work, supporting them to complete some of the tasks.
3. Speaking and listening skills improve through the built-in presentations feature.
4. A greater understanding of a topic or theme is evident through shared learning
5. Children feel rewarded as we share their work and give personal feedback
So how does it work?
Sticky Sheets are linked to the big curriculum. The children are given up to 16 tasks about the topic they are studying in class. Over a half term, they are asked to complete a percentage of these tasks. Some of the tasks can be completed independently, but some need support from home.
The children complete the tasks, which they choose, and present them to the class on the Sticky Sheet Celebration Day at the end of the half term. The work is then exhibited and shared with the whole school. There is a huge range of work on display at each celebration. Some children choose to immerse themselves in learning about the topic, gaining deep understanding of the place, time or characters. Other children think about presenting their work using technology, cue cards or scripts. For some children it’s about organising their time in a busy week, with clubs, family commitments and other interests. For all of the children there is a genuine pride in what they achieve. As a school we support the learning through lunchtime and after school clubs, supporting children to gain a deeper understanding in their learning.
Over the years we have found that the children are becoming more organised, making innovative decisions about how they share their work and engaging with their audience more. We have seen some amazing writing, parents helping with models and materials as well as some wonderful ways to present their work, stuck together physically or knitted together using technology in a presentation.
The quality, quantity and excitement around homework is all on a rise and the children look forward to finding out what the tasks are and working out how they will complete them.