At Springbank, children are asked to complete a learning log as part of their home learning activities. It will usually be sent home fortnightly on a Friday and should be returned to school a week from the following Monday.
There are many benefits to learning logs as home learning:
- They are an opportunity for children to extend and consolidate their learning outside the classroom.
- They encourage all children to be creative and independent.
- They encourage children to be actively involved in their work and take pride in it.
- Learning Logs encourage a partnership between home and school.
- As Learning Logs are personalised there is no right or wrong way to approach a task.
- They give children ownership of their work.
- Children can be as creative and imaginative as they like.
- Learning Logs can be a useful revision tool for children.
- Learning Logs can be a useful assessment tool for teachers
The learning logs are a great chance for children to get creative with their home learning and are often a chance to share what they have learnt, or to research a topic. The children are asked to present their work in any appropriate format that they choose. Children will often draw, write, use collage and photos as well as creating video clips, role plays and powerpoints of their work. Children are asked that their finished learning log fits on one side of A4 and therefore are often very inventive sticking and folding flaps and larger sheets of paper to include all their information. A good learning log should also be presented well and teach the reader something.
Many children enjoy creating their learning logs and are often really proud of the finished products. We therefore try to share good examples in class whenever possible. Because of all of the hard work that goes into creating a learning log, children are expected to spend more time on it than weekly homework. For pupils in Year 5 and Year 6 a good learning log should take approximately 2 hours to research and present and in Years 3 and 4 about an hour and a half.
If you or your child needs more help or information with a learning log, please contact their class teacher for support.
For more general information about learning logs click on the link below.
Stuck for ideas? Have a look at some of the great work that Springbank pupils have created.