About Home Learning
SO... WHAT IS IT?
learning is an exciting learning area we invite all year 1-6 students to
take part in.
by Victoria and Harvard Universities and Windsor School in Christchurch has proved that old-fashioned homework
sheets have little academic benefit. Also, as many of you know, making sure homework
is completed every week can place unnecessary stress on families.
Instead of traditional homework sheets, we have carefully selected home learning challenges for each year level that fit the key competencies of the New
Zealand curriculum. They are designed to be exciting, fun, challenging and meaningful
to children. They aim to teach children to be responsible citizens, and promote
a real love of learning.
will choose whether or not they want to take part in the programme and will
need to be responsible for completing the allocated number of challenges by the
end of the year.
Challenges are based on 5 key areas:
in School and the Community
Activity & the Outdoors
Excellence in the Arts
A sample of some of the challenges:
those in need: Raise some money or collect items for charities such as the Red
Cross, Salvation Army, SPCA or a food bank
reporter: Report an event in writing and present it to your class
your swimming skills: Swim a total of 600m non stop
the younger children: Organise a series of five lunchtime games or activities
for Year 1 and 2 pupils
your science and technology skills: Design and build a model glider
your time: Visit an elderly person at least six times over two terms
the outdoors: With a family member or a family friend complete an
Children who complete home learning tasks will be
challenged physically, academically and in the Arts. They will learn to give
and serve others as part of being a positive member of the community They’ll
also have a lot of fun along the way!