Supporting Home Learning

Homework
At Abbey Court School, we recognise the importance of giving pupils the opportunities to consolidate and extend their learning.  The provision of homework gives pupils the opportunities to do this.  Pupils are set suggested homework activities within their Individual Education Plan (IEP) targets.  Parents are asked at Parents Evening to support their children with their targets at home and also to propose additional targets themselves, including things that they would like their child to learn.  Pupils are also encouraged to identify what they would like to learn at home.  Additionally, class teachers send home regular homework activities relating to learning that is taking part in class alongside activities set to promote personal development and specific skills.  Resources to support homework are provided when appropriate.   Pupils take home reading books on at least a weekly basis, as well as activities which may be regarded as homework.   These activities might include: sharing of books/reading activities; sensory stories; computer programmes and activities; researching for a particular topic or project e.g. collecting photographs and artefacts; using games or puzzles to consolidate learning e.g. maths or literacy; using PECS or a communication aid in a non-school situation; developing personal independence and functional life skills in the home environment e.g. choosing own clothes, cleaning teeth, laying the table, doing the washing up. 
Home Supported Learning (Covid 19)
For any pupils who are unable to attend school due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, such as where national or local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home, or individual pupils have to self-isolate, Home Supported Learning will be provided by the school. 
Teachers will provide weekly Home learning work for their class, supplemented by selected online Oak National Academy lessons and resources, to support pupils' learning needs.  Activities and resources will be personalised for individual pupils where appropriate, and planned to be engaging, fun and able to be delivered at home by parents/carers. 
The Home Learning will be sent to every parent/carer via ParentMail (or this will be posted home, for parents who are not subscribed to ParentMail or have specifically requested printed copies), within the first two days of pupils being sent or having to remain at home - in most cases, this will be received on the first day.  Whilst waiting for the Home Learning to arrive, parents are encouraged to work on their child’s Individual Education Plan targets with them at home and can access additional general home learning resources and guidance in the ‘Home Learning’ area of the school website.
We hope both you and your child enjoy engaging with the Home Supported Learning!  Please contact the school office if you have any further queries or require additional support to enable your child to access this.  Your child's Home Learning work can be shared with their teachers by parents/carers emailing this to the school's home learning email account: homelearning@abbeycourt.medway.sch.uk , or by posting this to the school office.
Online Safety updates for parents
The government have updated their advice for parents on how to keep your children and young people safe online during the context of Covid-19. This advice is available on the school website, and includes information on-
  • Having regular conversations about e-safety and who they can talk to if they see anything that worries them online
  • Reminding everyone to keep any accounts secure with a password, and not to keep these passwords private
A list of recommended resources is already available on the school website, under the heading ‘E safety learning from home’, but further resources include-
For further resources and more information about the specific issues surrounding E-safety, see the full government advice here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-keeping-children-safe-online/coronavirus-covid-19-support-for-parents-and-carers-to-keep-children-safe-online.