Friday Bulletin – 16th September 2016

16 September 2016

 

School policies and procedures are reviewed regularly: mainly to check they are still effective. Our school’s organisation of homework is currently under review and your input would be greatly appreciated. Your child should bring home a questionnaire about homework today. It would be really helpful if you would take a moment to complete it and share your opinions with me.  Research is very mixed, some is very supportive of the benefits of homework and other research is less positive. When used appropriately, homework can benefit pupil achievement. I would like to work together with you to make sure homework set at Kells Lane follows these guiding principles:

 

  • All homework should be purposeful. Legitimate purposes for homework include introducing new content, practising a skill or process that children can do independently but not fluently, elaborating on information that has been introduced in class to deepen knowledge, and providing opportunities for children to explore topics of their own interest.
  • Homework should be designed to maximise the chances that children will complete it. For example, ensure that homework is at the appropriate level of difficulty. Children should be able to complete homework assignments independently with relatively high success rates, but they should still find the assignments challenging enough to be interesting.
  • Involve parents in appropriate ways without requiring parents to act as teachers or to police homework completion.
  • Carefully monitor the amount of homework assigned so that it is appropriate to age and does not take too much time away from other home activities.

 

I will of course share the outcomes with you and the updated homework policy.

Thank you for your assistance.

 

Have a good weekend.

 

Mrs A Whistler

Headteacher

 

 Click here for a copy of the questionnaire

 

Dates for your diary for this half term:

 

Monday 19th September

·         Talk Like A Pirate Day in Year 2

Tuesday 20th September

·         Dukeshouse Wood meeting for Year 4 parents – starts at 5pm

Thursday 22nd September

·         Meeting for parents of new Early Years pupils – starts at 1.30pm

Wednesday 28th September

·         Year 3 Roman Day in school

Thursday 29th September

·         Year 3 visit to Segedunum 

Monday 3rd October

·         Book fair in school this week

Tuesday 11th October

·         ‘Traditional Tales’ by Chris Connaughton in Year 1

Wednesday 12th October – Friday 14th October

·         Y4 residential trip to Dukeshouse Wood

Monday 17th October

·         Meeting for anyone interested in being a parent helper in school – starts 2.45pm

Tuesday 18th October

·         Early Years Harvest Assembly – parents welcome to attend – starts at 2.45pm

Wednesday 19th October

·         Year 1 Harvest Assembly – parents welcome to attend – starts at 2.30pm

PLEASE NOTE ONLY YEAR 1 PUPILS WILL TAKE PART IN THIS ASSEMBLY

Thursday 20th October

·         Year 2 Harvest Assembly – parents welcome to attend – starts at 2.30pm

PLEASE NOTE ONLY YEAR 2 PUPILS WILL TAKE PART IN THIS ASSEMBLY

Monday 24th October – Friday 28th October (inclusive)

·          Half term holiday