Lord we rejoice in this opportunity to gather in Your Name
We are gifted with your presence as we meet today to discuss
We ask that the work of this meeting be a vessel for us to
May this meeting be a prayer, a lesson and an opportunity to
be shepherds to those we serve.
We ask this through your son, Amen
● Bible Reading: Ecclesiastes
● What is Childhood?
● What is the church’s mission with education?
● What is the purpose of Education? (DFE Activity Passport)
● What does research tell us about homework?
● How do we learn?
● What are employers looking for?
● Importance of play to help children flourish
● BJR Homework Policy
● Tips on helping children with homework
● Importance of Reading
● Bible reading - train up the child
● Play - cards
Be the best we can
Join in learning, play and prayer
Remember God’s word.
3 To every thing there is a season,
and a time to every purpose under the
2 A time to be born, and a time to
die; a time to plant, and a time to
pluck up that which is planted;
3 A time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to
4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 A time to cast away stones, and a
time to gather stones together; a time
to embrace, and a time to refrain from
6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a
time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a
time to keep silence, and a time to
8 A time to love, and a time to hate;
a time of war, and a time of peace.
What is Childhood?
United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund
UNICEF's mission statement
UNICEF is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to
advocate for the protection of children's rights, to help
meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to
reach their full potential.
Unicef - Definition of childhood
Childhood is the time for children to be in school and at
play, to grow strong and confident with the love and
encouragement of their family and an extended community of
caring adults. It is a precious time in which children should
live free from fear, safe from violence and protected from
abuse and exploitation. As such, childhood means much more
than just the space between birth and the attainment of
adulthood. It refers to the state and condition of a child’s
life, to the quality of those years.
Unicef - Definition of childhood continued
Despite intellectual debates about the definition of
childhood and cultural differences about what to expect of
children, there has always been a substantial degree of
shared understanding that childhood implies a separated and
safe space. In 1989, the United Nations General Assembly
adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
What is the purpose of Education?
We see the ultimate purpose of
education as the promotion of
“life in all its fullness.”
Education is about more than just
producing increasingly efficient
economic units: it is about
developing people who can
flourish in all areas of their
Schools Minister Nick Gibb
Equipping young people with
the knowledge and skills they
need to secure a place at a
good university, start an
apprenticeship, or find their
first job, is a fundamental
responsibility of all of us
working in education. But the
purpose of education is, of
course, far broader.
My Activity Passport
“I regularly hear from teachers that it’s
important that children have the chance to
try things out, to get a taste of the
world around them, to see and do things
that they wouldn’t normally do, or go to
places they wouldn’t normally go and to
meet people they wouldn’t normally meet.
These things are important because a
world-class education is about much more
than qualifications: it’s also about your
character and wellbeing.”
What does research tell us about homework?
1. Overall, homework in primary schools does not appear to
lead to large increases in learning.
2. Parents can have a positive effect on homework completion
and help children to develop effective learning habits.
3. The broader evidence base suggests that short focused
tasks or activities which relate directly to what is
being taught, and which are built upon in
school, are likely to be more effective than regular
How is this reflected for BJR pupils?
● OFSTED Graded GOOD for 10
● Maths results and progress
for KS2 have dropped for
the last three years
● (Anecdotally) Numbers of
children taking 11+ has
risen - 17 children
entered a selection test
this year (70% of the
class) of which 7 were
deemed selective (29%)
How is this reflected for BJR pupils?
● Many pupils tell teachers about additional homework set
by parents and tutors
● OFSTED inspector was concerned when speaking to pupils
who told her that they were tired or worried when coming
to school because of homework
● Teachers are reporting that children are not reading at
How do we learn? Cognitive Load Theory
Definition of learning is
a change in long-term
Sweller and Clark,
Cognitive overload Cognitive overload is a situation where
the teacher gives too much
information or too many tasks to
learners simultaneously, resulting in
the learner being unable to process
Avoiding cognitive overload
● Break down subject content when
introducing new topics
● Regularly to check understanding.
● Present instructions clearly
(slowing down and deepening the
● Clearly model what is needed -
give good examples
● Allow time to practice
Why is play important?
"The right to rest and leisure, to
engage in play and recreational
activities appropriate to the age of the
child and to participate freely in
cultural life and the arts."
United Nations Convention on the Rights
of the Child
Why should I play board games with my kids?
1. Childhood Memories
2. Developing Learning Skills
3. Teaching Life Skills
4. Bonding Time for the
BJR Homework Policy
PURPOSE OF Homework
What do we want to achieve with homework?
• Consolidate learning
• Revise, practise and memorise skills and learning
• Partnerships with parents - shared experience
• Apply learning in new contexts and to new problems
• Meaningful without impacting on positive family
• Promotes independence and choice (good life skills)
• Homework should be at an appropriate level for the child
What do we NOT want?
• Homework to cause stress or anxiety
• Parents to do the work for the child
• Inconsistency across the school eg of strategy in maths
Independent Vs Supported Spellings
1. Create a space in which to
do homework (clear a
table/use a library)
2. Encourage discipline by
creating a routine for
3. Reward and encourage
rather than threaten -
“You can play iPad when
you have finished your
4. Take an interest and talk
with your child about the
5. READ with your child, READ
to your child
6. Praise your child for
7. Talk to the class teacher
if there are any homework
8. Value play and other
activities as well as
There is a time for everything
Homework is important but so is play, reading and
experiencing the world
Humans can only learn so much at any time before hitting
Take an interest in your child’s homework and praise them
Establish good homework routines
Don’t underestimate the importance of reading in all its