Home Learning is a very important part of a child’s education and can add much to a child’s development.  Children can benefit greatly from the mutual support of parents and teachers in encouraging them to learn both at home and at school.  We also acknowledge the important role of play and free time in a child’s growth and development.  While Home Learning is important, it should not prevent children from taking part in the wide range of out of school clubs and organisations that play an important part in the lives of many children.

“Homework is an important extension of classroom learning.  It helps to cement the ideas that children learn at school, helping things sink in further and expanding their knowledge.  The complexity and amount of homework that needs to be carried out obviously increases considerably as children progress through school.  The amount of homework given to primary aged children varies, but they are likely to get some on a regular basis.  Getting used to doing homework from an early age will definitely be an advantage, as children are more likely to continue doing so as the progress through their school years.”  Early Childhood Education Website



Home learning tasks set by school extend the school learning experience beyond the boundaries of a classroom and to help children develop the skills required for lifelong learning to take place.

Home learning activities provide an opportunity for children to share their learning experiences with parents and carers.

Home Learning Expectations

Supporting your child’s learning

Research shows that when school and parents work together children are more successful in their learning.  There are a number of things that you can do that will really help your child:

  • Attend Parents’ Evenings
  • Talk about what your child has been learning about in school
  • Find out more about learning by attending curriculum sessions for parents
  • Help in school
  • Support home learning

We would like parents and carers to support every High Down Junior School child:

  • To read regularly
  • To complete weekly maths tasks
  • To practice core spelling patterns
  • To undertake any revision tasks recommended (Y6 children only)
  • To keep the school journal up to date and regularly signed by a parent.

Year 3 use TTRS, Times Tables and Top Marks

Years 4, 5 and 6 use the CGP book – each child having their own, plus TTRockstars.

Take a look at the individual year group tabs in the Children’s Zone on the website for more information on your child’s homework and home learning.

Home Learning Projects

Junior School

Home Learning differs from the weekly home work, in that it is a project style work to do at home with your parents/carers/grandparents.  It will complement any topic work being carried out in school and is designed to involve the wider family and increase the pupil’s learning of a particular topic.

There will be a choice of activities for the children to choose from, so it can really suit their skills and interest them.

Past topics have included:

  • Project on Portishead
  • Make a Dragon Model/Write a Dragon Story
  • Design a Roman Costume

Infant School

We encourage the children to complete activities at home to enhance their learning. All children will have a reading book to share at home daily and the children can also access e-books on the Bug Club website.  Children in Year 1 will be given phonic homework booklets and Year 2 children will have spelling booklets. For Maths homework all KS1 children will be set games and activities to complete online on the Education City website and Year 2 children will also sometimes be given a maths worksheet to complete at home.  In Reception the children will bring home sounds books to help them learn their phonics and will also have tricky words to learn. The reception children can also borrow maths games to play at home.

Some children may be given alternative or supplementary tasks to support particular aspects of their learning, e.g. spelling and handwriting.

Useful Websites

Oxford Owl   Advice on reading.

Top Marks   Will help with reading, maths and all sorts of things.

BBC Bitesize  General advice and tips.

Times Tables Rock Stars  In the Junior school children have their own login in.

Times Tables More practice of times tables.

Education City – KS1 children will be given their own login
White Rose Maths – 1-Minute Maths app

Get in Touch

High Down Schools
Down Road, Portishead
Bristol BS20 6DY