Learning Logs

What are the Benefits of Learning Logs?

 

  • The children take the lead role in sharing anddeveloping their knowledge and understanding and displaying this in a range of styles
  • The children can learn in their preferred style
  • The work is driven by the child and not the teacher, parent or carer
  • Children, parents and carers are brought together
  • They are fun!

How do Learning Logs Work?

This is an exciting new approach to homework that will give your children the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and ‘creative flair’.

  • The teacher will stick a statement, question, a list of words or even a picture into the Learning Logs.
  • The children then choose their own method to present their learning.
  • The children should use no more than a double page spread
  • The tasks will be open ended
  • There is no one right way of presenting the work.
  •  It is up to your child to decide the best ways of sharing their learning.
  • It is hoped that they will be creative and imaginative, choosing different ways to present what they know.
  • The Learning Log will then be taken in for teachers to look at the homework and possibly make an observation.

We will have already discussed ways of presenting work in class. We will encourage a range of ideas such as:

 

  • A mixture of writing, pictures, computer generated work, tables, maps etc...
  • The writing could be from any genre e.g. reports, recounts, explanations, newspaper headlines, labelled diagrams etc...
  • Flaps with questions, with the answers, information or pictures underneath.
  • Fold out mini zig-zag books.
  • Your child could gain inspiration by looking at published pop up books.
  • In fact, anything goes!     
  • Essentially we would like the children to be independent when presenting their learning; however there are useful things you can do to support your child with this homework:

     

    How to help at home...
  • You do not need to provide lots of expensive equipment but it would be helpful to have the essentials available such as, a pencil, pencil crayons, glue, a rubber, scissors.

  • Encouragement of creativity without adding pressure! There will be “good” times to do this work but last thing on the evening before the books are due to be returned is probably not one of them!
  • Continue with hearing your child read at home
  • Give children time to talk about what they have to do – explaining and discussing the task will help your child to understand
  • Offer ideas on how to present the work
  • Give children a space to work which is away from other distractions