In line with our school vision “Inspiring children to soar to new heights” we have an embedded system of home learning to inspire families to work together on activities that we believe will support and encourage attainment whilst strengthening social skills and a sense of community too. Home learning is set by the Headteacher and is known as the “Spread your wings” challenge.
All children receive the same home learning challenges, regardless of age or ability as it can be adapted very easily to the needs and challenge required for every child. Home learning at Downham is designed to encourage children and families to work together on life skills and experiences that will support the vision of the school. All children have a book with a new challenge sheet of 12 activities stuck in each half term. They are required to choose at least one per week to complete. Children then evidence that the activity has been completed in any way they choose. This could be a piece of writing, a photo, a drawing etc.
The headteacher looks at every child’s book in the last week of every term. We encourage a high standard of presentation in these books as they will become a fantastic log of a range of activities that the children are able to keep for years to come. Children are still expected to read daily at home and parents are encouraged to read to children, whatever their age, as this has a big impact on vocabulary and understanding, especially when reading books that are above the reading ability of child. The children also practice number bonds and times tables at home.