It is our view that children work incredibly hard at school and need time at home to assimilate the information they have learned during the day and enjoy other activities. Generally, our homework tasks focus on the consolidation of the acquisition of key skills in English and Maths and a range of creative tasks, linked to topic learning.
What is the purpose of homework?
• To consolidate and reinforce skills and understanding, particularly in English and Maths
• To provide opportunities for parents and children to work together
• To extend school learning and allow parents to gain an understanding of what children are learning in school
• To allow children to progress towards becoming more independent learners
Our approach for each class is set out as follows:
Early Years’ Foundation Stage: children are encouraged to read to their parents/carers at least three times a week. This helps reinforce the rapid learning taking place in school. Children who read regularly at home tend to learn to read much quicker than those who don’t. Children will also be sent home tricky ‘animal’ words to learn and read at home.
Year 1 and 2: in addition to EYFS, children in Year 1 and 2 will be sent home maths and spelling homework on alternate weeks to reinforce their learning from school. There will also be a creative project set for children to do on a termly basis and this will build on and extend learning in class.
Year 3 and 4: children are expected to read regularly to a parent or if not, independently. Weekly spellings and multiplication tables are given. There will be a creative project set for children to do on a termly basis and this will build on and extend learning in class.
Year 5 and 6: Children are expected to continue to read at home to an adult and if not independently. Alongside this an English or Maths task may be sent home to consolidate learning in class. There will be a creative project set for children to do on a termly basis and this will build on and extend learning in class. It is important that children approach the end of Primary School with the discipline and skills to be able to complete homework independently and on time in readiness for their Secondary Education.
We understand that home life can be very busy and some children participate in a lot of activities outside of school so time is precious. If children are unable to complete their homework at home, we will support them by giving them time in school to do so.
If parents require more homework for their children, there are a wealth of high quality publications that can be purchased for the appropriate year group in Maths, English and Science and there are a multitude of useful websites to explore online. Class teachers are able to advise parents if necessary.