Homework

We believe homework is a key aspect of learning:

  • Development and application of skills 
  • A valuable opportunity for children to share with their parents/carers things they have been doing at school
  • Developing independence and personal initiative
  • Prepares children for life outside school, especially the next phase of their education

Through our policy we aim to:

  • Ensure a consistent approach across the school
  • Ensure progression towards independence and individual responsibility
  • Ensure parents/carers support their child more effectively
  • Consolidate, extend and support learning
  • Provide opportunities for practise, rehearsal and preparation
  • Provide opportunities for parents/carers and children to work in partnership and enjoy
  • Fostering a love of reading

We believe reading is a key aspect of developing a child’s learning. We value parents and carers reading with and to their children because it allows them to enjoy texts they might not be able to read alone, therefore improving many key skills which will enable a child to access the wider curriculum.

Writing in all areas Spellings will be given at times to include high frequency words, words linked to expectations for that age, words with a similar spelling pattern or vocabulary linked to a class topic.

Developing maths skills

  • Maths homework may be set through our online resource Abacus. This will develop mental maths and problem solving activities, as well as consolidate skills taught in class.
  • Parents can also support their child to develop fast recall of number bonds to 10 and 20, then 100 and tables up to 12×12. Children are expected to be able to recall all their times tables up to 12 by the end of year 4.
  • Improving key life skills and applying skill to real life situations
  • Social skills, evaluation skills, problem solving, managing feelings and working collaboratively are key life skills.
  • Developing key life skills improves children’s motivation and approach to life learning.

It is valuable to develop skills in real life contexts so children make links with their learning

e.g. cooking to develop maths skills relating to weight, using time tables for trains and buses, telling the time, finding focussed sight words in books/magazines/newspapers, using money to develop counting, coins needed, calculating change.

  •  Working together as a team/sharing/communicating feelings develops a confident child who has no fear of getting things wrong or having a go!
  •  Activities/games/helping around the house can develop maths an English skills but also vital life skills and are fun too!

For example:

Board games – playing scrabble is a great way of learning to spell but also teaches turn taking, solving problems, losing! The game ‘Articulate’ develops a child’s vocabulary and speaking and listening skills.

Card games are great for developing mental maths, independence, patience! Dominoes are a great way to learn number bonds

Organisation

  • Homework will be given every two weeks on a Friday. Homework should be completedand any written homework should be handed in at the latest by the Wednesday 12 days later. All dates will be given clearly to parents and children on the ‘Take-away homework’ sheets.
  • The teacher will provide a clear instructions of what the child is required to do.
  • It is expected that written work should not normally exceed the double page spread inmthe homework book, around the instructions
  • Any internet research should not be printed out directly but rewritten as the children’s own notes
  • Homework may include useful information about age related resources such as websites/game/good reads!
  • All reading should be recorded in the home reading diary.
  • Homework expectations will increase as a child moves through year groups at school
  • Feedback will be given to the pupil on their written homework through verbal feedback or an annotation such a short comment or mark, or through sharing project work with the whole class. Detailed spelling and grammar will not usually be marked, unless this is the focus of the task

What will happen if children do not complete their homework?

If a child has difficulty with the work then we would expect them to ask for support from the class teacher well before the due date to ensure they are able to complete their work, or alternative work can be given. This is useful information as it informs the teacher about the independen of the child. The expectation is that children will complete their homework. If homework is not done at home, then children will be asked to do it in their lunchtime on the second Wednesday/ Thursday after the homework has been set. However, in exceptional circumstances, if for any reason the children are unable to compete their homework, parents or carers should provide the class teacher with a note or contact the teacher explaining why the homework has not been completed on the day that the homework was due to be returned to school.

Pupils will be rewarded with house points for completing their homework and their work may be displayed for others to see. Teachers will keep records of children completing homework and these records will be checked on a regular basis. A comment may be made on the child’s report.

Roles and responsibilities

The Governing Body Will be responsible for the monitoring and evaluation for this policy, delegating responsibility to the Headteacher to oversee the development of the policy.

The Headteacher

Will promote this policy by raising its status and importance, providing supportive guidance for parents, ensuring teachers plan homework and monitor and evaluate this policy.

Teachers

Will set homework, including tasks appropriate for each child. Teachers will give clear instructions and provide opportunities for sharing homework tasks and feedback.

Parents

Are requested to support homework set, read with your child and make a note in the reading record book. Parents are also requested to encourage pupils to have a go at the homework themselves and not be tempted to do it for them, as well as praise them when homework is done. Parents are requested to contact the class teacher if their child is experiencing and difficulty in doing it.

Children

Are asked to listen carefully to instructions so that they understand what is required of them and to complete the homework, having a go at all activities and hand it in on time.

Equal Opportunities and Additional Needs

Homework activities will be differentiated, where appropriate, to ensure the needs of pupils are best met. Where additional resources needed are not available or accessible at home, then school will endeavour to provide these. Children without internet access at home will be able to use computers in school on the first Thursday lunchtime after the homework has been set.