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Homework talk to parents january 2019


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Homework talk to parents january 2019

  1. 1. Homework
  2. 2. Opening Prayer Lord we rejoice in this opportunity to gather in Your Name We are gifted with your presence as we meet today to discuss homework. We ask that the work of this meeting be a vessel for us to serve you. 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
  3. 3. ● 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
  4. 4. BJR Vision Be the best we can Join in learning, play and prayer Remember God’s word.
  5. 5. Ecclesiastes 3 3 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: 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 build up; 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 embracing; 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 speak; 8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
  6. 6. 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.
  7. 7. 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.
  8. 8. 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.
  9. 9. 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 lives.
  10. 10. 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.
  11. 11. 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.”
  12. 12. 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 daily homework.
  13. 13. How is this reflected for BJR pupils? ● OFSTED Graded GOOD for 10 Years ● 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%)
  14. 14. 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 home
  15. 15. How do we learn? Cognitive Load Theory Definition of learning is a change in long-term memory (Kirschner, Sweller and Clark, 2006)
  16. 16. 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 this information.
  17. 17. Avoiding cognitive overload ● Break down subject content when introducing new topics ● Regularly to check understanding. ● Present instructions clearly (slowing down and deepening the learning) ● Clearly model what is needed - give good examples ● Allow time to practice
  18. 18. 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
  19. 19. 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 Family
  20. 20. 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 experiences • 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
  21. 21. Reading
  22. 22. Talk with your child
  23. 23. Independent Vs Supported Spellings Times tables Projects Maths sheets Handwriting Reading comprehens ion
  24. 24. Homework tips 1. Create a space in which to do homework (clear a table/use a library) 2. Encourage discipline by creating a routine for homework 3. Reward and encourage rather than threaten - “You can play iPad when you have finished your homework” 4. Take an interest and talk with your child about the homework 5. READ with your child, READ to your child 6. Praise your child for homework completion 7. Talk to the class teacher if there are any homework problems 8. Value play and other activities as well as homework
  25. 25. In summary 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 ‘Cognitive overload’ 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 forms