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At The Fulham Bilingual, home learning is sent out weekly, via either Google Classroom (English) or the Padlet (French).
We believe that home learning is useful at the Fulham Bilingual for two reasons:
1) As it is always directly linked to what we have covered in class, it is a great opportunity for parents to discuss the learning with their child and find out what they have been up to in class.
2) It is a great opportunity for the children to practise the language they are not currently learning in and to ensure continuity between the languages. Home learning should not be laborious or stressful, if it becomes too difficult to complete – please send in a message to the class teacher and stop.
At The Fulham Bilingual, we value family time, which is why we ask the pupils to just complete a little home learning each night and to stick to the timings. We understand and appreciate the value in after school clubs, sports and music, which is another reason why we want the pupils to stick to these timings (please note these are the maximum timings):
MS/GS: 15 minutes per day.
CP: 20 minutes per day.
CE1/CE2: 30 minutes per day.
CM1/CM2: 40 Minutes per day.
What do we mean by Must and Challenge? Well, the children need to complete everything on the Must list. This should be divided out throughout the week and not all done on one day, this is for the reason that the children take in more if their learning is spread out. The Challenge list is for you and your child to decide which items on the list, if any, can also be completed within the daily timings. At times, items on this list will not require learning to be added to the home learning book such as bake a cake, or play a board game with your family.
How and when shall we complete the home learning? Home learning does not always have to be completed after school, at home. Practising spellings can happen orally on the way to school. If you drive to school and arrive with 10 minutes to spare, practise your reading then. Feel free to mix up when and where the homework is completed.
Important to note
For English home learning, you must read and practise spellings every night. This should, as a guideline, take up half of the allocated time.
Those classes who have a spelling quiz each week, will find their results in the back of the homework book. We never ask the children to call out their spelling results in front of the class. This is for the children and parents to see how much progress they have made.
Reading should always be to an adult up until CE2. It is great for the children to read to a variety of adults including both parents regularly. If your child has a reading comprehension, these are usually tricky and should be supported by an adult.