Home Learning Challenges

Home Learning Challenges

Home learning on a regular basis is available for students.  It is particularly important that parents encourage their children to read as much as is possible.  In lower school all students have weekly spellings and in middle and upper students are set regular home learning from most curriculum areas.  Other home learning will be set at the teacher’s discretion, or at the request of parents, in gradually increasing amounts as students move up the school.  In upper school home learning will be set on a regular basis, due to requirements for external examinations.

Below there is a list of home learning challenges that can be encouraged at any time.  Each completed challenge gets rewarded with 2 Merit Point. We ask all parents/carers to support their child in managing their home learning.

In The Kitchen

  • Choose a healthy meal for your family
  • Make your own packed lunch for school for one day.
  • Make tea or coffee for an adult (with supervision)
  • Plan a meal and make a shopping list for the ingredients
  • Make a food diary for a week
  • Make a cup of tea/coffee
  • Boil an egg

Loving "Words"

  • Make a comic sheet story about your family
  • Visit a local shop and write a review about it.
  • Take a bus journey either with or without an adult and write about your journey.
  • Visit your local library and write an account of your trip.
  • Watch a film and write a report on it.

Loving Numbers

  • Keep a record of how you spend your pocket money on a spreadsheet and make a chart of the results.\
  • Find the average shoe size for your family.
  • Play the one minute challenge – What can you do in a minute?
  • Play dominoes.
  • Read the house numbers when you go out. Look for the even and odd numbers.
  • Using a road atlas calculate the distance to places you would like to visit.
  • Peel an orange, divide it into segments. Find a quarter, half, one third. Practice fractions by cutting an apple into different percentages.
  • Learn important phone numbers.
  • Find out the dates of the birthdays of your family and friends. Put on a calendar.
  • Learn your time tables while you shop.

Discover New Places

  • Visit a museum and tell a member of staff about the trip.
  • Go on the Pier and tell us what your favourite thing was.
  • Watch a film at the cinema

Caring for Others

  • If you have a pet, make a plan of how to look after it and keep it happy.
  • Help with the shopping one day.
  • Be responsible for sole care of a pet for a weekend/week.

Be Sociable

  • Play a card game with your family.
  • Play a board game with your family.
  • Make a special meal for your family.
  • Wrap a present.
  • Go to an out of school activity regularly e.g. Youth Club, Cadets, Guides, Sports Club, Scouts.

Be Active

  • Visit your local leisure centre and collect leaflets about their facilities
  • Exercise daily and keep a log to show your PE teacher.
  • Walking Challenge – go on a family walk, take photos and make up an event sheet to show your English teacher.
  • Service your bike e.g. Wash, pump up tyres, lubricate chain.

Be Creative

  • Find something interesting and draw it. For example, an ornament, a vase or a bottle.
  • Use magazine to cut up images to make a new one.
  • Take photos of your weekend and make a collage.
  • Create a sculpture out of things you find in the garden and photograph it.

Becoming Independent

  • Make your own bed for a week.
  • Dust and polish at home.
  • Hand wash an item of clothing.
  • Buy a ticket e.g. on the bus or at the cinema.
  • Sort the washing.
  • Programme the washing machine.
  • Make your bed.
  • Change your bedding.
  • Do the washing up/load and unload the dishwasher.
  • Order a takeaway.
  • Use the self-service machine in the library.
  • Weed the garden.