A new approach to homework launching January 2016
Inspiring learning to last a lifetime
What is a learning log?
Due to feedback and surveys undertaken with the pupil and parent body over the last term we are very pleased to present you with a learning log.
This is a new and exciting approach to homework, starting this spring term. Your child will have a learning log of their own to bring home. (Years 1 – 5) Year 6 will be different due to preparation for secondary school.
Each week the children will be given a task with a question, title or a learning objective that they should achieve. The activity will usually be relevant to their current class topic or a particular theme.
Reading and learning words linked to Guided Phonics continues as usual, but for all other subjects, work is carried out in a Learning Log. Learning Logs are given to every child at the start of the week on a Monday and your child will have a week to complete their tasks.
Learning logs are:-
- A personal reflective journal for the child to record their knowledge and understanding in whichever way they feel is most helpful. Children can use pictures, writing, diagrams, labels, bullet points, mind maps or whatever style they wish to choose to present their work.
- An opportunity for children to extend and consolidate their learning in the classroom.
- Encouraging children to be creative and independent.
- Encouraging children to be actively engaged in their own learning and take a pride in their work.
- Encouraging a partnership between home and school.
- Personalised, there is no right or wrong way to approach a task.
- ‘Inclusive’ and cater for all abilities and learning styles.
- Child-directed, rather than teacher-directed and so give children ‘ownership’.
- Allowing our children to be as creative and imaginative as they like.
- Are a useful revision tool.
- An assessment tool for teachers.
There will be time during school for children to review and discuss their work. Learning logs will be given a high profile in school and we will regularly celebrate children’s good work and effort, there will be a reward for work well presented / completed. So for example there will be a 1 merit task which will be linked to finding to a fact perhaps, a 5 merit task for more challenge and a ten merit task for those children and families who really want to go the extra mile. Each week the page will explain what the tasks / activities may be.
Children who do not have access to a range of resources at home (e.g. internet, printer, camera, felt pens) will be given an opportunity to carry out their work during a lunchtime learning log club.
The only stipulation is that the children must fit all the information they would like to present on no more than one double page of the journal. They can of course creatively extend the page by attaching flaps and folded sections. They can also return work on FROG if required by the teacher or perhaps may build or make something if the task directs – e.g. making an Egyptian tomb.
The logs focus in developing children’s creativity, independence and a love for learning. Each log is a unique record of the child’s thinking and learning. The log also supports adults at home in knowing more about the child’s learning in school it also supports adults in understanding more about their child’s level of learning.
Learning Logs are used by many Primary schools and we believe they will help the children to become more independent in their learning, and be a useful skill for High school. If you would like to see examples of how other schools have used them please look at the following website:
We hope to encourage the children to have fun producing bright and colourful logs and continue their learning at home with your support. They will come home on the second week back in school.
We welcome your comments about them and thank you for your support.