Home Learning & Home Practice Guidelines

 

Rationale

The purpose and effect of home learning or homework is widely debated in education circles. What is clear is that students need to have space to think and learn and to consolidate learning done in school. Ideally students will be engaged in their learning at school and want to explore this further at home. However, families need guidance to be able to support this learning at home. 

At ISB, we believe that a successful student is one who is developing good thinking, organisational and study skills and habits through inquiry, routine and practice. The purpose of Home Learning is to allow students to have input into routines and learning activities at an appropriate level for their age and stage. As students grow and develop, we want them to become independent and believe in a gradual release of responsibility as we work with you to support this. Parents and families are our students’ first teachers and we acknowledge the important role that parents and caregivers have in continuing this role. The Home Learning and Practice program focuses on a partnership between school and home aimed at supporting your child’s continued development both at school and at home. 

Teachers, parents and students all have roles and responsibilities when it comes to planning for, supporting and completing home learning and practice tasks.

Teacher responsibility

 

We know your child and will provide learning experiences that enable your child to consolidate class work at home. This will take the form of home practice activities as well as provocations that encourage your child to take action on their learning.

Parent responsibility

 

To provide a space and time for your child to work. Parents are not expected to be involved in the learning experiences, but of course you are encouraged to learn with and from your child if you so wish. Parents encourage and support students in completing this work and help students form routines that will set them up for success as they progress through the school.

Student responsibility

 

Students are expected to work independently to practice the skills learnt in class and as directed by the teacher. They are encouraged to enjoy the tasks and share with their family if asked to. Students are to take advice from parents in terms of where and when they can practice and learn and should follow their teachers suggestions on what these learning experiences should involve. 

ISB Home Learning Guidelines 2021/22

The table below represents the suggested time allocation for Home Practice  according to year level. This is meant to be used as a guide. It is important to make the experience pleasurable and show interest in what your child is doing. Home Practice should not be a stressful experience for any child or parent. Please communicate with your child’s teacher if you feel the learning experiences sent home are causing undue stress at any time.

YEAR LEVEL

Time allocation
(minutes per evening)

Expected
(should do)
Recommended
(could do)
EC1 – EC2 Home Practice is not specified for Early Childhood 1 and 2. However, reading with your child on a regular basis is invaluable for his/her development.  

Read: share stories or non-fiction books.

Share and repeat stories, rhymes and songs in English /German /home languages.

Talk about the day.

Talk about Seesaw posts.

Play together.

Occasional projects eg. special day books/presentations.

EC3 10 and reading time
  • Reading: share fiction or non-fiction books and levelled home reading books. 
  • Occasional projects e.g. show and tell

Prepare and share an experience or artefact (by arrangement with the class teacher)

Talk together about the day

Talk about Seesaw posts

Grade 1 10 and reading time
  • Reading: students read aloud to or with parents/siblings 
  • Share fiction or non-fiction books (RAZ)
  • Maths: games and skill practice activities
  • German: Practice activities assigned by German teacher
  • Literacy: word study and  handwriting

IXL: additional practise core skills and concepts learnt in class.

Share stories and talk about the school day/Seesaw posts in home language(s)

Grade 2 20 and reading time
  • Reading: students read aloud to or with parents/siblings. 
  • Share stories and non-fiction books
  • Maths: games and skill practice activities
  • German: Practice activities assigned by German teacher
  • Literacy: word study and or handwriting

Share stories and talk about the school day/Seesaw posts in home language(s).

IXL: additional practise core skills and concepts learnt in class.

Grade 3 30 and reading time
  • Reading: read a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts independently and with parents. Students can access reading texts on RAZ or borrow books from the classroom library. 
  • Maths: games and skill practice activities
  • German: Practice activities assigned by German teacher
  • Literacy: word study and handwriting

IXL: additional practise core skills and concepts learnt in class.

Share stories and talk about the school day in home language(s)

Grade 4 40 and reading time
  • Reading: read a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts independently and with parents 
  • Maths: games and skill practice activities
  • German: Practice activities assigned by German teacher
  • Literacy: word study and handwriting

IXL: additional practise core skills (including times tables) and concepts learnt in class.

Maintain oral and literacy skills in home languages by talking, reading and writing.  

Carry out personal inquiry/ ‘passion projects’

Write

Grade 5

50  and reading time

In Grade 5, students will start to record Home Learning dates and deadlines in their HL Diary.

  • Reading: read a variety of fiction and non-fiction from a range of genres and text types
  • German: assigned according to German group
  • IXL and/or Maths Problem of the Week
  • Current Events
  • Occasional projects

Maintain oral and literacy skills in home languages.

IXL practice

Carry out personal inquiry/ ‘passion projects’.

Write.

PYP Exhibition research

Other activities which contribute to Home Learning
Unstructured play, ISBX activities, learning goals, music lessons, instrument or vocal practise, family time, bedtime stories, sports (informally or as part of a team), involvement in local, German speaking community activities and clubs, family walks and exercise are also very important for your child’s development.

 

We recognise that each family’s after school experiences are unique. The above table represents the Junior School’s expectations and recommendations. By not doing any Home Practice, students are unlikely to develop at the same pace as peers who regularly consolidate and practise their skills. We understand that  there are days and times when students have after school or family commitments or need to rest after a busy day at school, particularly for younger students or those who are new to English. Home practice activities will therefore be given on a weekly basis allowing students and parents to plan and manage time and expectations. 

If there are specific questions about Home Learning, please contact your child’s class teacher. If the questions are of a more general nature, please contact the Junior School Administration Team.

Michelle Phillips

Michelle Phillips

Junior School Principal
Denise Hoppe

Denise Hoppe

EAL Teacher | Junior School Assistant Principal
Lyneth Magsalin

Lyneth Magsalin

IB Primary Years Programme Coordinator