We have built and are now using our Meiklemill Taxonomy to allow children to better focus and discuss the skills they are developing when leading various activities. In P1-P3, the children learn about how the different characters help us focus on the skills. Please click on the links below to see a digital image of our skills wheel.
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In 2017, the school worked with parent council on a consultation regarding homework. This was amidst growing concern regarding the amount of homework. After extensive view gathering, questionnaires, consultation meetings and meetings with parent council, the following was agreed:
Homework Next Steps In Response to Consultation
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(Not start of P1)
|Project Related Task
Generally we will pick only 2 of these per week – not all 3.
Class Talk – Staff feel this is really important and parents gave good feedback on this too. It is a chance for children to research, to share learning with parents and develop / showcase a wide range of skills. There will be 1 or 2 each school year.
Project Craft Activity – only 1 per class per year
Extension for Those Who Want More
- Accelerated Reader
- Library Books
- Personal research folios on class projects – a folio which can be shared with class teacher weekly or monthly, but will not be “set” or “marked.”
- Education City Home Subscription (alternative activities)
- Online tools made available via class Glow Group
- Continue to build eportfolio ONENOTE
Summary of Changes in response to your Feedback
- We are not going to have spelling homework every week. Particularly in the upper stages, research and our experience tells us this does not have desired impact on learners.
- We are going to commit to there being more regular maths / numeracy homework and often this will be via new “Education City Homework Subscription” which allows teachers to allocate specific activities to children depending on ability of child and current class focus.
- We will reduce the amount of craft activities
- We will limit the number of set homework tasks to 2 or 3 as detailed above
- We will continue to work on 1 or 2 class talks per year
- Overall we will decrease the amount of homework
- However we will increase the more flexible and open ended opportunities for those children and families who wish to do more.
- We are not prepared to compromise on the repetition of phonemes / common words etc. in the early stages. We feel quite strongly this has to stay.
- The timing of homework is an impossible one. Half feel quite strongly homework window should include the weekend and half feel quite strongly it must not. We are not going to try and push a “one size fits all” in this regard. Different teachers work in different ways, and teachers who work jobshares need to work together in a way that gives them time to mark and prepare homework. The homework window will vary from one class to the next.
Homework General Information
There is significant evidence that indicates children improve their learning achievements, when they spend time on home learning activities.
From research we learn that:
• Homework should be part of an effective partnership between the school and parents in pursuing the aims of the school
• Homework should consolidate and reinforce skills and understanding, especially in literacy and numeracy
• Homework should exploit resources for learning, of all kinds, at home
• Homework should extend school learning, for example through additional reading
• Homework should encourage pupils as they get older to develop the confidence and self discipline needed to study on their own, and preparing them for the requirements of secondary school
We recognise the need for children to have the time to follow out of school interests and family activities and time allocations allow for these important things to take place.
Role of parents and carers in supporting pupils
Parents and carers are encouraged to:
• provide a reasonably peaceful, suitable place in which a child can do homework
• make it clear to their child/ren that they value homework and support the school in explaining how it can help their learning
• encourage children and praise them when they have completed homework
Recommended time allocation for homework
• Primary 1 and 2 – up to 10 minutes a night
• Primary 3 and 4 – up to 15 minutes a night
• Primary 5, 6 and 7 – up to 30 minutes a night