Home Learning

On this page, you will find three main sections:

Homework At St John's

Children make the best progress when they are able to practise and reinforce their learning at home. At St John's our expectations are:

For every child to:

Where homework is not completed regularly, teachers will make contact with parents. In these primary years, it is crucial that we build the habits and discipline of independent study ahead of the increased expectations at secondary school. Home and school have a role to play in supporting the children in their development of these learning behaviours and in reinforcing the skills and concepts explored at school.

A brilliant interactive resource

This was kindly shared by the Headteacher at Bishop Perrin School - one of the other London Diocese schools in Richmond, with whom we work closely. We have not seen a document as potentially helpful for parents and engaging for children. So we share it ahead of half term, hoping that it provides activities to motivate and engage your children over this half term and beyond. Enjoy! 


Additional Home Learning Support

To further support your child to extend their learning outside of school, here are a number of websites that we think could help:





ARCHIVE Remote Education Provision: Information for Parents

Whilst this information is now historical (hopefully!), we keep it here for reference and will be our starting point should there be a reason for school closures again.

Our remote education provision is overseen by Mrs McAloon.

The information on this page is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and their parents about what to expect from remote education if local restrictions require school closures, entire cohorts, or individual children and small groups to remain at home.

Please click on the relevant heading to reveal the detail for this aspect of our provision.

School closure

Home Learning Provision

Staff responsibilities to support home learning provision

Teaching and Learning staff use any time they are not teaching the children in school to complete the following tasks: 

In School Provision (for children of Key Workers and other identified vulnerable children)

Questions you may have

How does my child access the daily assembly and other live sessions?

Go to https://meet.google.com or navigate to the Google Calendar under the Classwork tab on their Google Classroom.

How does my child access any online remote education?

We use Google Classroom for all our home learning. Every child has their own login (call the school office if they cannot access this). Work is set each day, with video input from class teachers to support their understanding and engagement. All instructions and all communication with class teachers takes place through Google Classroom initially.

How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?

Approximately 4 hours each day

If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?

We have offered to loan a laptop to any child has no access to a suitable device. If your child is sharing with another family member or having to use a mobile phone to access their learning, please contact the school office and we will arrange for you to borrow a school laptop.

We may also be able to provide internet access to your home through a government scheme. Please contact the school office if you are having to use mobile data or have any other internet issues which may inhibit your child's learning.

How will my child be taught remotely?

Please see the section above which details the daily learning provision. 

Why are there not more live teaching sessions?

Our home learning provision has grown significantly over the periods of school closure. The enhancements include up to three live sessions with your child's teacher each day, pre-recorded video teaching for most lessons, and small group interventions within a day of learning being handed in. 

If all lessons were taught face to face, we would not be able to offer this wider provision and more personalised catch up support. Families who are unable to access the lesson on time, would also be disadvantaged. With pre-recorded videos, children can also pause and rewind the teacher's input to better understand what is being taught.

What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?

Children - We expect every child to attend the daily assembly and any additional live intervention sessions. We also expect every child to hand in their English and Maths learning by 3pm each day. As shared with them in their first assembly, we expect them - as junior aged children - to be as independent as possible in their learning so that all family members are able to manage during this time of lockdown.

Parents and carers - We expect you to ensure your child is dressed and sat in an appropriate location to attend their assembly at the start of the day. We expect you to maintain appropriate routines and structure for their day including a break for lunch and an appropriate bedtime. We expect you to inform us if your child is sharing a device or is in some way restricted from engaging in their learning so that we can support you.

How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?

Your child's teacher monitors their learning 'live' from 9am - 3pm. This means most of the time, children receive real-time, immediate feedback to questions and learning that is handed in. Each day, this learning is reviewed and the teaching team decide which children should be the focus of next-day intervention support either to address misconceptions or to provide further challenge.

If there are concerns about your child's engagement, class teachers or the office staff will call you to discuss how we can work together to support your child.

How will you work with me to help my child who needs additional support from adults at home to access remote education?

We recognise that some pupils, for example some pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), may not be able to access remote education without support from adults at home. We acknowledge the difficulties this may place on families, and have set up our home learning offer to provide as much support as possible, including:

If you need any further support, please contact the school office who will be glad to assist you or direct you to the person best placed to do so.

Staff absence: Covering responsibilities in the case of staff illness

Preparation: Strategy to ensure a smooth transition from learning in school to learning at home

Scenario: Individual or small groups of children isolating

Please note - children are no longer required to self-isolate as close contacts of positive cases. 

Scenario: Whole classes isolating at home

Please note - schools are no longer required to group children into 'bubbles' but this scenario is kept active as it is possible such control measures may be required to be reintroduced should the picture of the pandemic change.