In our Early Years classes, home learning forms a vital part of the observation, planning and assessment process. Parents/carers are asked to contribute to their child’s learning journey via several means, including “Special Moments” from home, the home-school diary and stay and play sessions in school.

For pupils/students working on pathway 3 and 4, 1 piece of English and 1 piece of Maths work should be sent home every Friday for return on the following Wednesday. This will be set by class staff and reinforce learning in lessons.

Home learning at 14-19 is linked to the external accreditation syllabus. This includes a wide range of curricular topics. Parents/carers are given guidance on the accreditation undertaken and the links home learning has with accreditation and life choices on leaving school. Home learning tasks will be set in line with course requirements and that is an expectation that pupils/ students will revise at home. Home learning will also be part of Careers Education and Independent Travel Programme.

Activity Homework Passport

The Department of Education has produced an Activity Passport for all schools which was inspired by the National Trust’s ’50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾’ list.

It’s aim is to develop pupils/students’ character from taking on challenges and pursuing interests, and by doing things that are worth doing even when they are difficult, and which may not give an immediate reward. This list of activities has been designed for children’s enjoyment and with the purpose of children learning through these activities. They may find something they want to come back to again and again.

The template is designed in a way that can be edited. We have used our school’s characteristics to adapt and build a distinctive and inspiring range of activities. Ensuring that the activities are personalised and relevant for our pupils/students. This also helps ensure that the activities are age appropriate.

Book Bag Books

The teaching of Reading at Villa Real School aims for all of our pupils/students to make progress against their unique starting points, with the ultimate aim of making all of our pupils/students ‘readers’.

Home support is encouraged with Book Bag Books which include high quality texts and helpful questions which allow parents to be involved in their child’s learning. As the children progress and become more confident, individual

home readers are provided with parents being encouraged to read daily with their child and communicate with school through comments in a reading diary.

Reading for Pleasure

Pupils/students will be able to access our school library and select a book to read at home and school. Choice will be guided by classroom staff, to help support with reading ability and age-appropriateness, but the main choice will be the pupils/students. These books will be changed weekly.

Earwig is utilised to share work with parent/carer and parents/carers to share work with staff. This is linked to EHCP targets and should be utilised alongside the school’s Assessment Policy.