Homework

We feel that a reasonable amount of homework is important if children are to make the best possible progress in their education. Even the youngest children benefit from the additional input and practise ensured by carefully planned homework. As a school we believe that all homework set will be within a child’s ability to complete independently, achieved through careful matching and differentiation. Teachers will pay particular care to simplify instructions to support all children to complete as per Dyslexia Friendly classroom techniques.

The purpose of homework is :

  • To reinforce and consolidate learning which takes place at school
  • To revise and practise school work
  • To extend and develop school work
  • To encourage pupils to develop self-discipline, responsibility and independence
  • To inform parents about what their child is doing in school

These guidelines have been agreed by staff as appropriate :

Foundation

Reading and reading activities, talking about books, looking at pictures, reading key words, daily practice. Phonic sounds to practise. Counting (games or number recognition). Parents to have activities suggested for follow up at home on class notice board, updated regularly.

Year 1
  • Daily reading with adult assistance
  • List words as appropriate (sight recognition)
  • Support for targets (set with the teacher)
Year 2
  • 10 minutes daily reading with adult assistance
  • Weekly spellings as appropriate.
  • 1 piece of maths or English
Year 3
  • 10 minutes daily reading with adult assistance. (discussion about what they have read)
  • One piece of written work as appropriate. (Maths, English or Book Review)
  • Tables and spellings (spread over the week)

Year 4

  • 15 minutes daily reading (discussion of what they have read).
  • One piece of either English or Maths
  • Tables and Spellings

Year 5

  • 20 minutes daily reading (occasional discussion of what has been read.)
  • One piece of English and Maths
  • Spellings

Year 6

  • 20 minutes daily reading (occasional discussion of what has been read)
  • One piece of Maths and English
  • SAT’s revision (Spring term)
  • As appropriate homework in other subjects may be set

Parental Involvement

Parents can make an important contribution to their child’s success. Their involvement:

  • Helps and supports the child
  • Informs them of their child’s programme of work
  • Informs them of their child’s progress
  • Helps to build good links between home and school, which in turn supports the child’s development and motivation

If homework is to be of value, parents play a significant role in homework setting:

  • Monitor time spent and inform class teacher if child consistently has too little or too much
  • Provide a quiet setting
  • Provide a regular consistent time free from distractions

Home-link books or planners will state clearly what homework has been set for the week.

Parents should sign the diary when the work is completed.

Our home-link books or planners should be a two way process between parents and teachers. Parents can comment on how easy/difficult their child found a task. This will help the teacher assessment.

It is important that homework is done to the same standard we expect at school if it is to be valued.

There will be incentives and certificates awarded for good homework.