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Homework is an important part of a child’s education and can add much to a child’s development. We recognise that the time and resources available limit the educational experience that any school itself can provide; children benefit greatly therefore from the mutual support of parents and teachers in encouraging them to learn both at home and at school. We see homework as an important way of establishing a successful dialogue between teachers and parents. One of the aims of our school is for children to develop as independent learners. We believe homework is one way in which children can acquire the skill of independent learning.

 

Principles

  • Our homework is intended to consolidate children’s learning and so, typically, it relates to class-based learning from that week, or recently. Occasionally homework is set with new content but guidance will be given when this is the case.
  • Children in Year Six may be given homework which relates to SATs preparation, and so this may not relate to work from that week in school.
  • We do not set homework tasks over school holidays, except during the Easter holidays in Year Six. We believe that school holidays are an opportunity to enjoy family time and enjoy different experiences. We do expect children to continue to read and practice times tables during school holidays.

 

Inclusion

We set homework for all children as a normal part of school life. We ensure that all tasks set are appropriate to the ability of the child. If a child has special educational needs, we endeavour to adapt and task set so it is accessible for all learners and all children can contribute in a positive way.

 

The role of Children

Children should be encouraged by all to value homework. Therefore we ask that:

  • Homework should be valued like a piece of school work would be.
  • Homework should be presented well.
  • Homework should be handed in on time. As a child gets older it will become their responsibility to do this.
  • Homework should be completed independently with a little support from an adult, as it would be in school.

 

The role of Parents and Carers

Parents have a key role to play in relation to their child and homework especially by:

  • Providing a reasonably peaceful, suitable place in which children can do their homework.
  • Making it clear to their children that they value homework and also support the school in explaining how homework can help their children in their learning.
  • Encouraging their children and praising them when they have completed their homework.
  • Assisting their children if they are having difficulty, whilst still ensuring that the work is a true reflection of the child’s ability.
  • Informing the teacher who set the work, if the child has experienced particular difficulties with the work that has been set.
  • Ensuring that children bring home any relevant books, resources or details.

 

The Role of the Class Teacher

Class Teachers will keep to the following guidelines:

  • Homework tasks will be given out on time.
  • All homework will be consistently marked and feedback will be given.
  • An explanation of homework tasks will be given to pupils.
  • An explanation of homework tasks will be provided to parents and carers when necessary.
  • Homework will take equal opportunities into account.
  • Reward and praise children who regularly complete homework tasks.
  • Celebrate homework on the year group blog.

What homework looks like in each year group

Children should be encouraged to read as often as possible, and should read to an adult regularly. Regular reading is in addition to the homework set.

YEAR GROUP

HOMEWORK SET

TIME TO COMPLETE ALL HOMEWORK

EYFS

  • Phonics tasks
  • Phonics key ring practice
  • Optinal ‘My World’ books
  • Letter and number formation worksheets

 

 

20 minutes a week

YEAR 1

  • Phonics sound weekly
  • Maths mats
  • SPAG mats alternating weekly with reading comprehension tasks

 

 

30 minutes a week

YEAR 2

  • Spellings – linked to phonics sounds
  • Maths mats
  • SPAG mats alternating weekly with reading comprehension tasks
  • SATs revision tasks as approprate

 

 

30 minutes a week

YEAR 3

  • Times tables fortnightly
  • Spellings – ten each fortnight
  • Maths workbook task weekly
  • SPAG and Reading Comprehension set on alternating weeks

 

 

40 to 60 minutes a week

YEAR 4

  • Times tables fortnightly
  • Spellings – ten each fortnight
  • Maths workbook task weekly
  • SPAG and Reading Comprehension set on alternating weeks

 

 

40 to 60 minutes a week

YEAR 5

  • Times tables weekly
  • Spellings weekly
  • Maths workbook task weekly
  • SPAG and Reading Comprehension set on alternating weeks

 

 

60 to 90 minutes a week

 

YEAR 6

  • Times tables weekly
  • Spellings weekly
  • Maths workbook task weekly
  • SPAG and Reading Comprehension set on alternating weeks
  • SATs papers
  • SATs revision tasks

 

 

90 to 120 minutes a week

 

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