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Please see homework policy below for a guide to the weekly timetable for homework.  Please also see the Year Group folders for homework guidance and support.

The purpose of homework in the school is to:-

  • Develop an effective partnership between the school and home in pursuing the aims of the school and to share learning
  • To review, consolidate, extend or ‘catch-up’ on school learning
  • To encourage children as they get older to develop the confidence and self discipline needed to study on their own, and prepare them for the requirements of secondary school
  • To enrich and nurture enjoyment of learning with opportunities for exploration, research and reflection
  • To develop children’s independence and time management skills

           

Through this policy we aim to:-

  • Have a consistent approach throughout the school
  • Increasingly build on expectations for independence and responsibility
  • Meet the needs of individual children
  • Be clear about expectations
  • Enhance the quality of the learning experience offered to children
  • Extend and support the learning experience via reinforcement and revision
  • Provide opportunities for parents, children and school to work in partnership
  • Provide opportunities for parents and children to work together to enjoy learning experiences and enhance speaking and listening skills
  • To encourage children to develop long term strategies for future needs
  • At Year 6, to prepare children for secondary transfer
  • Support parents with strategies to support learning

 

The purpose of homework changes as the children get older.  For children in Reception and Key Stage 1, developing a partnership with parents and involving them actively in their children’s learning is the key purpose.  As they move into Key Stage 2, homework provides an opportunity for children to develop the skills of independent learning and this increasingly becomes its main purpose.  It is important that children gradually get into the habit of regularly devoting periods of time, which may not be long, to studying on their own.  By the time children reach Year 6 their homework programme will cover a range of tasks and curriculum content.

 

Although this policy states time guidelines for each Year Group it may vary depending on individual needs and alongside this, we actively encourage participation in social and extra-curricular activities.  We also firmly believe that family time; whether it is relaxing at home, helping with cooking or cleaning, or any kind of family activity outdoors, at home or within the church and wider community, is vital to nurturing and developing children’s confidence, self-esteem and spirituality. This, we believe, provides the balance that children need to develop in mind, body and imagination. 

 

Homework tasks will:-

 

  • Have a clear focus and time guidelines
  • Not have to be returned by the next day
  • Will mostly be completed in an exercise book given out by the school or online through My Maths
  • Give plenty of opportunity for children to succeed
  • Help develop social as well as other skills
  • Be varied and not purely written assignments
  • Be manageable for teachers and parents
  • Be appropriately acknowledged/marked and returned to children the following week
  • Meet the needs of individual learners
  • Not be given out over the holidays although parents will be informed of learning topics for the term ahead in order that some voluntary research can take place
  • Contain comments from parents and children where required i.e. ‘had difficulty, completed independently, needed lots of support with this’ etc.

 

Year Group

Approx. Daily time Allocation

Homework Guidelines

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

 

Reception

 

5 minutes

Homework will be introduced once the children are settled into school life.

Handwriting and phonics tasks will be sent home each Friday.

New reading books will be sent home each Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Please try to share a book with your child each evening for 5 minutes.

 

 

Year One

 

10 minutes

Shared reading

 

Shared reading

Maths activity

Shared reading

English activity

Shared reading

 

Year Two

 

10 minutes

Shared reading

Shared reading

Maths activity

Shared reading

Shared reading

English activity

 

Year Three

 

15 minutes

Daily reading

Daily reading  Maths activity

Daily reading

Daily reading

English activity

 

 

Year Four

 

 

20 minutes

Daily reading

English activity

Daily reading

Daily reading

Daily reading

Maths activity

 

 

Year Five

 

 

30 minutes

Daily reading

Daily reading

Maths activity

Daily reading

Daily reading English activity

 

 

Year Six

 

 

40 minutes

Daily reading

Spelling, Punctuation or Grammar activity

Daily reading Maths activity

Daily reading

 

Daily reading

English activity

 

 

 

 

Parents/Carers can support by:-

 

  • Providing a reasonably peaceful, suitable place in which children can do their homework alone, or more often for younger children, with an adult
  • Making it clear that they value homework and support the school in explaining how it can help their learning
  • Giving lots of praise and encouragement
  • Contacting the school to resolve any issues
  • Becoming actively involved in joint homework activities
  • Regularly checking the Reading Record and Homework Exercise Books
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