Home Learning

Home Learning

At Te Puke Primary School, we value the connection and relationship between home and school and acknowledge the key players of the student, teacher and whanau in the learning process.

We also recognise how busy whanau life can be with many whanau having regular sporting and cultural commitments as well as many other demands on their time. Unfortunately your child is only with us here at TPPS for 11% of their life during the year and the combination between home learning tasks and family activities contribute to growing the whole child. What is IMPORTANT is quality time you spend with your child.

As a result, our expectations with home learning (Homework) as a school are based on research and evidence to make the biggest impact (with the smallest impact on your quality time) on student outcomes which may be slightly different to when we went to school!

What does the research SAY?

It is quite clear that research shows (Hattie, 2015; Nottingham, 2013) that traditional homework tasks and projects have little or no effect on student outcomes at school and can even start to have a negative effect through pressure and time restraints placed on whanau, tamariki and then teachers with the setting of, marking and giving feedback of activities or projects that are only a distant memory. Students often then have no opportunity to use the feedback to improve their knowledge in this area. It is really only deemed “busy work” or work to get students into a habit or routine for when they get older - sound familiar???

Effect size in learning states that an effect size of 0.40 means that a student will make roughly a years progress for a years input. Anything bigger means more than a years progress, and anything less means that it is detrimental to learning.

In a New Zealand context, Hattie (2015) believes that traditional homework has a 0.29 effect size because of some of the reasons mentioned above. There are two major areas that do have a positive impact however:

  1. Reading for 20min per day with your child has an effect size of 0.40 (one years progress) but if you then talk with your child about what they have read, make connections with real life and what is in the text, pose questions and take an interest, then the effect size moves to 0.60 (one and a half years progress).

  2. Pre Learning or Preview Learning equates to an effect size of 0.90 (over two years progress). This is simply your teachers connecting with you via your childs’ home learning pack, Seesaw / Facebook account or through their online planning templates what learning is coming up for your child and either through discussion (oral language), activities or online videos / examples, your child is exposed to key concepts, ideas and themes that will be covered in their formal learning later that week. This will become a common feature and opportunity for you and your child at TPPS if you would like your child to have an ADVANTAGE with their learning at school in all of our learning environments.

The other area in which home learning has a positive effect on outcomes in a NZ context is basic facts rote learning. This gives our tamariki the foundational number knowledge skills to access maths problems and then problem solving strategies across the curriculum.

So what does this mean for my child at TPPS?

As a result of the current research, your child will have an expectation from each of our learning environments that they will be actively involved in reading each night (20min), with an opportunity, hopefully by someone at home, for our achievers to talk to them about what they have read, further reinforcing their understanding and knowledge of the context and text.

Secondly, Preview Learning will be communicated with you regarding the future learning that your child will be involved in. Priming and engaging them in the topics along with exposing them to the vocabulary and concepts that will help make them have an advantage for succeeding in their learning.

Lastly, there may be basic facts and links made to our Achiever Values with family activities or interests that your child is passionate about, along with literacy mileage through Reading Eggs or Steps Web.

Thank you in advance for supporting your child with their continuation of learning in your home environment. If you have any questions regarding home learning, please ensure that you keep in communication with your child’s kaiako (teachers) about the things that you can do with your child at home through oral language (talking to them).