I’m not a huge fan of homework. It takes away from time children could be spending with their friends and families as well as time to get bored.
However, I’m required to set it.
So rather than give the children a ‘task’ to do every week, there’s a simple statement which the children will then research as much or as little as they want.
My favourite home learning tasks are the ones where I can see the child interacting with their families, a walk in the park or cooking dinner together.
I give the children an empty sheet to fill. However, my class is beginning to experiment with digital units.
As part of our last unit into fashion choices the statement was ‘Santa’s outfit needs an update…’
This one is one of my favourites
I love that this child
- thought through some of environmental factors – the outfit waterproof and haze-proof
- has spent time making something which shows functional improvements – a cape
- updated the sleigh (going further)
- asked a member of her family to film her, showing that she is sharing what she is doing not just with me but other family members
The child is showing creativity by drawing inspiration from her experiences and making connections to the idea for the week.
The best part?
I didn’t tell this child what to do or what to think. She found the problems, came up with solutions and documented her own learning.