• "Pupils enjoy trusting, respectful relationships with staff and each other. These strong relationships ensure pupils work hard and try their best.’ OFSTED 2015"
  • "An extensive range of extra-curricular clubs at lunchtime and after school provide opportunities to develop life skills and confidence. OFSTED 2015"
  • "‘The school’s values are at the heart of all relationships and are constantly referred to by staff and pupils ... pupils are able to talk eloquently about how to live by the values in order to become good citizens.’ OFSTED 2015"




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 exeriences with parents and carers.


Home Learning Expectations

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.


Children in Year 3 and 4 can now use the abacus maths programme at home using their individual user names and passwords given.

Follow the link below.



Children can now access MyMaths on a mobile device using Puffin Academy. 

Visit the website on:

www.flashbrowser.com/PuffinAcademy/portal for more information or click the following to download the
Puffin Academy Browser for iOS
Puffin Academy Browser for Android


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.