At our school we are very keen for parents to support and help their children with homework. We take the view that children are likely to get more out of an activity if parents get involved as long as they do not take over too much. However, there are times when we will want to see what children can do on their own. It is particularly important, as they get older, for children to become increasingly independent in their learning. If a parent is unsure about what their role should be, they should discuss it with their child's teacher.
1. Our Aims:
- Ensure that parents are clear about what their child is expected to do
- Ensure consistency of approach throughout the school
- To use homework as a tool to help to continue to raise standards of attainment
- Improve the quality of the learning experience offered to pupils and to extend it beyond the classroom environment
- Provide opportunities for parents, children and the school to work together in partnership in relation to children’s learning
- Encourage pupils and their parents to share and enjoy learning experiences
- Reinforce work covered in class by providing further opportunities for the individual pupil
- To practise or consolidate basic skills and knowledge, especially in Numeracy and Literacy
- Encourage children to develop the responsibility, confidence and self-discipline needed to study independently
- To prepare Year 6 pupils for the transfer to secondary school.
2. Homework for Reception is as follows:
- Daily reading
- Weekly phonic support in Autumn 1
- Sound books in Autumn 2 and Spring 1
- Weekly maths homework in Spring 2, Summer 1 and Summer 2
- SEAL homework - once a term
- celebratory WOW sheets for parents to share their child's achievements at home
3. Homework for Key Stage 1 is as follows:
- Daily reading
- Weekly Maths sheet - every Wednesday
- Weekly Phonics/spelling - every Wednesday
- PSHE/SEAL homework that goes home once a term, linked to Seal theme.
There is no set return day in key Stage 1. The maths is rewarded by a sticker (a bubble on a fish display), and the phonics/spelling has a smiley face and acknowledgement and is then placed in the children's literacy folder.
4. Homework for Key Stage 2 is as follows:
- Daily reading
- Weekly My Maths Website task
- Weekly Maths or Grammar sheet – every Thursday
- Weekly Spelling/phonics – every Thursday
- Termly project or topic based research usually set for the holidays
All children are set homework tasks every Thursday. We ask that homework is returned on Tuesday, so that it can be marked by the class teacher. Parents and children are always encouraged to comment on the tasks.
Two maths tasks are often set in Key Stage 2. We use the MyMaths website to set levelled, individualised tasks as well as sending home 'mixed bag' questions, which encourage the children to further practice their mental maths skills. Spellings are always either related to the topic, or follow a spelling pattern or rule.
We have homework clubs running on Thursday and Friday after school.
The following are government recommendations as appropriate time allocations for homework activities:
Years 1 and 2 - 1 hour per week
Years 3 and 4 - 1.5 hours per week
Years 5 and 6 - 30 minutes per day