St Ann's CE Primary

Home Learning

The tasks and activities children complete at home, to complement and reinforce their school learning, can be invaluable. It is with this in mind, that we revised our Home Learning Policy [see below].

Weekly home learning will mainly be delivered through Teams and other online resources, with the aim of reinforcing key skills and knowledge taught at school. Our belief is that this will help children to recall, remember and master more. Half termly creative projects will also be planned to provide opportunities for children to extend themselves and develop independent learning skills.

Reading, both shared and independent, should continue to be completed daily.

We have a limited number of devices that can be loaned to families, if a child has no access to a technology at home [these will be distributed to KS2 pupils first]. It is crucial that these are applied for only if they are truly needed, so that we can support those most in need.

To access a device please complete the online application form and loan agreement. Once a device has been allocated and is ready for collection, the office will let families know. These need to be returned by Friday 8th July 2022 - or before if you no longer need them.

Link to Application/Loan Agreement Form:

Home Learning Intent


 Our intent is a curriculum that:

  • has meaningful experiences, to develop children’s character and their appreciation of the ‘fullness of life’
  • inspires curiosity, interest and imagination
  • develops children's knowledge, understanding, skills and critical thinking
  • cultivates an appreciation of how actions, both past and present, impact our world
  • provides children with the tools to become active citizens

Education research tells us that homework is best for primary age pupils, when it requires children to rehearse and practise the knowledge and skills they have learned in school. Leading educationalists are also arguing the case for more creativity in the curriculum to better prepare children for the world of work.

Our curriculum is underpinned by research into working memory, that tells us that learning and understanding are deepened through repetition and practice.  Key skills such as learning times tables for maths and practice of spelling patterns can be practised at home.  We also believe that reading should be part of every child's daily routine.

Learning beyond the school, with or without the support of parents, enables pupils to enjoy spending time on an extended task and develop their creativity.

 Key Principles - The key principles of our home learning are that:

  • opportunities be provided to recall, repeat, and remember knowledge and so help it to ‘stick'. 'Learning more, Knowing more’
  • reading regularly should be part of a child’s routine to develop skills, fluency and enjoyment
  • core maths skills, such as times tables & number facts should be regularly practiced and learnt
  • spelling patterns and key words should be regularly practiced
  • learning and understanding are deepened through rich, varied experiences
  • pupils should be provided with opportunities to develop the confidence and skills needed to study independently
  • children should be encouraged to take responsibility for their learning from an early age

 Key school routines will include:

  • Reading regularly, 5 times a week, through shared or independent reading
  • Weekly spelling/phonic patterns
  • Weekly maths home learning (mental or written)
  • Home Learning will be set on a Friday and expected to be completed by Wednesday
  • Half termly creative home learning projects planned to extend children’s interest in the curriculum.

Teachers will regularly check online learning to ensure children are engaging with activities. This will include online reading records for all year groups that need to be updated at least weekly

 Home learning will be delivered via: