Learning at Home Policy


At Stephenson Memorial Primary School we recognise the importance of family learning and parental engagement, understanding that children will flourish in their education when their family takes a keen interest in their children’s learning.


Parental engagement is seen as an important part of the learning process, which enhances the family partnership. Children are encouraged to extend their schoolwork into their homes, to expand on and organise their own work, to search for information and to solve problems.

Reading and Spelling

Regular reading for all children is vital. Reading with the support of an adult, or older reader allows the child to develop literal, inferential and prediction skills from the text. The reason we put so much emphasis on reading with an adult is because the conversations about the texts can really help children model their own writing and spelling practice, which supports the whole writing process.


Recommended daily reading routines:


Reception - 10 minutes phonics practice and shared reading.


Year 1 & Year 2 - 15 minutes reading & spellings practice.


Year 3 & Year 4 - 20 minutes reading & spellings practice.


Year 5 & Year 6 - At least 20 minutes, but by this stage children should be independent readers, reading at length for fun and enjoyment.


REAL Projects and Orbital Studies

As a school delivering termly REAL Projects, we will offer open opportunities for children to take home tasks they may have already embarked upon in school - the home / school iPad scheme we have in place, supports learning beyond the school day. Teachers will prepare further study options for students who wish to develop their skills and knowledge further. This is not mandatory but it does encourage children to lead on their own learning, becoming responsible for self-assessment. The class teacher monitors this process carefully.


Orbital Studies involve setting one extended task per project, which will deepen a child’s learning. By encouraging the family to become involved, means that everyone can learn together and momentum and excitement builds, contributing to stronger outcomes. The tasks will generally have a creative outcome, which is less threatening for some families and the journey is supported with regular ‘check-in’ intervals at school. The final outcome will be exhibited to an authentic audience through a ‘Presentation of Learning’.

The Orbital Study is set with key ‘Deepening Learning Skills’ in mind and these will be shared as part of the Rubric from which we will assess the children against.


Stephenson Memorial Primary School

Martin Road



Tyne and Wear

NE28 0AG


Tel: 0191 5006670

Email: info@smemorial.co.uk

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