HOMEWORK

Our full homework policy document is contained under "Guidelines and Policies". 

A summary is set out below:

 

Introduction

We believe homework consolidates and reinforces skills and understanding in numeracy, literacy and other curriculum areas, helps raise the level of achievement of individual pupils, provides opportunities for parents and children to work together and, thereby, fostering an effective partnership between home and school.

 

We value the support of parents/carers and we believe that this policy will be successful if there is a strong partnership between home and school which is reflected in the Home-School Agreement.

 

We recognise that all children need leisure time and hope that our policy reflects a balance so children can extend and consolidate their learning with parental support while still allowing ‘down time.’

 

A breakdown of how homework is structured is provided below. This has been designed to encourage a gradual progression of skills and expectation so by the time children reach Year 6 they have established a clear routine in preparation for high school. Most of the homework is provided for completion over the course of a week, fortnight or term so it can be made to fit around family lifestyles and commitments. Other homework e.g. reading, multiplication tables, spellings are proven to be better when completed in shorter daily sessions.

 

Homework Structure
Year 3

Literacy

  • Pupils are set a weekly literacy task on which they are expected to spend 30 minutes.

  • A set of spellings are sent home to learn each week and these are tested in class.

Pupils are expected to read out loud to an adult five times a week and to get their reading record signed to show they have done this.

 

Numeracy

  • Pupils are set a weekly numeracy task which they are expected to spend 30-40 minutes on.

  • They are also encouraged to regularly practise times tables and number bonds.

Occasionally, a topic based task might be set to replace literacy and pupils are given longer to complete it.

 

Year 4
  • Children will be given a literacy  activity each week which includes a grammar based activity or a topic based comprehension

  • Numeracy activity weekly

  • Children are expected to read daily. The reading record should be completed each time.  

  • A spelling list will be provided every week and children will be tested within school.

  • Learning of multiplication facts

 

Year 5
  • Children are expected to read at home each evening (10 minutes minimum each day). The reading record should be completed each time

  • Learning of multiplication facts ongoing

  • Children will be given a written and maths activity weekly

  • Weekly spelling lists which will be checked through tests and dictations based on national curriculum lists and also generated from their own work

 

Year 6
  • Children will be given a literacy and numeracy activity weekly

  • Children are expected to read at home each evening (15 minutes each day). The reading record should be completed each time

  • A spelling list will be provided each week which may include individual spellings taken from their books.  These will be tested within school

  • Learning of multiplication facts ongoing which will be checked through regular mental maths tests

 

Roles

Teachers will:

  • integrate homework into their planning;

  • set interesting tasks or activities;

  • set homework appropriate to each child;

  • explain when, what and how the work is to be done so that each child clearly understands;

  • provide feedback in line with the marking and feedback policy

 

Parents/carers are asked to:

  • sign the Home-School Agreement indicating their support for homework;

  • praise the value of homework to their children;

  • provide a suitable space in their home where their children can concentrate on their homework;

  • establish a homework routine such as no television;

  • provide materials pens, pencils etc.;

  • go through the homework before their child starts and discuss the completed work when finished;

  • make the experience pleasurable;

  • find time to work with their child or be at hand if a problem arises;

  • discuss, encourage and praise their child’s efforts;

  • contact the school if they are not sure of some aspect of the homework or if their child is experiencing difficulties in doing it;

  • contribute to school evaluation, through questionnaires, so the school can monitor and evaluate its effectiveness

 

Children are asked to:

  • complete their homework and hand it in on time;

  • listen carefully in class to make sure they understand what is asked of them;

  • contribute to pupil interviews and pupil questionnaires on homework for the school to monitor and evaluate;

  • make sure they read any comments or  feedback on their homework;

  • highlight to the School Council any ideas they may have about homework

  • complete their homework using appropriate writing materials

  • have a go at all their homework activities

 

Types of Homework

All homework tasks and activities are designed to consolidate and reinforce skills and understanding in numeracy and literacy and enhance cross curricular teaching.

 

Feedback

All children receive prompt feedback on their homework in a variety of forms such as:

  • verbal

  • written

  • class discussion

  • praise and recognition during an achievement assembly

 

Parents are asked to:

  • give teachers any feedback they feel might be useful;

  • encourage their children to talk about the feedback they have received;

  • contact the school if they have any concerns