In Years 2-6 we use ‘Learning logs’ for our homework. The logs focus on developing children’s creativity, independence and a love for learning. Each week the children are given one or more tasks to complete at home. The tasks are based on the learning objectives they have been focusing on at school during the course of the previous week. As well as consolidating the children’s learning, this means that you are informed on a weekly basis regarding what your child is learning in school.
We encourage the children to be as creative with their homework as possible. They can complete the tasks in any way they want to. For example, they could draw pictures, label them, take photographs, write lists, stick in food labels, research from books or the internet – or anything else that they can think of. They can display their work in their book as they wish – painted, coloured in different types of writing implement (e.g. gel pens, biros), collage and they can include any work they would like to – poems, stories, information, plays, facts, instructions, interviews with family members, lift the flaps, pockets with letters in, pictures cut out from newspapers and magazines and so on – as long as it is related to the learning objective. The children can do as many or as few of these suggestions as they wish, or they can make up their own. Each class talks about their tasks when the work is set on Fridays and teachers will help by giving the children a few ideas about what to do.
The learning logs are popular with the children and we were delighted that Ofsted praised them as being the best they had ever seen during our whole school inspection in September 2011.
“Engagement with parents and carers is excellent and ensures they are strongly involved in their children’s learning and the work of the school. This is exemplified by the homework logs which are used very effectively by parents and carers to help their children.”
For more information about learning logs and ideas from schools around the country you can visit
Learning Logs here.
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