This policy statement explains our framework for giving homework to children throughout our school.

  • Some of the work/activities that are set are ongoing e.g. reading, learning spellings, learning tables etc.
  • Some of the activities set are individual tasks to be completed within a designated timescale.
  • Some of the activities set are ongoing classroom tasks which are carried on/extended/completed at home. However, children will be expected to complete most classroom activities during lesson time. It is important that all children view the school day as a productive one and aim to use this time effectively.
  • The major focus of homework is Literacy and Maths.
  • Some of the activities set are revision activities.
  • We always aim to use homework effectively to reinforce and/or extend what is learned in school.
  • The type and amount of homework and its purpose changes as the child gets older.

The purpose of this policy

The purpose of this policy is to outline how we organise for effective home learning and how through this we hope:

  • to ensure consistency of approach throughout our school
  • to ensure progression towards independence and individual responsibility
  • to ensure that the needs of all pupils are taken into account
  • to ensure that all parents/carers have a clear understanding about expectations from themselves and the pupil
  • to improve the quality of learning offered to all pupils
  • to help parents, the child and the school work in partnership in pursuing the aims of our school
  • to embrace the resources for learning, of all kinds, at home
  • to provide opportunities for parents and pupils to work together to enjoy learning experiences
  • to help children to develop long term learning strategies for future needs
  • to prepare all children in Year 6 to prepare for transfer to Key Stage 3

Why we set homework

  • to develop an effective partnership between home and school in pursuing the aims of our school.
  • to consolidate and reinforce skills and understanding, particularly in literacy and numeracy
  • to extend school learning
  • to help children to develop the confidence and self discipline needed to study independently and to prepare them for the requirements and expectations of secondary school

Foundation Stage 2 (Reception)

  • All parents/carers are encouraged to read with their child at home for up to 20 minutes per night
  • The parent/carer is asked to record this in their Home/School Reading Record.
  • At times children are asked to undertake an activity in the community or at home with their parents which will help to inform work back in school e.g. learn traditional rhymes, visit the local library etc

KS1

  • All parents/carers are encouraged to read with their child at home for up to 30 minutes per night
  • The parent/carer is asked to record this in the child’s Home/School Reading Record.
  • All children are expected to practice and learn their weekly spelling lists.
  • At times children are asked to take class activities home to complete.
  • At times children are asked to undertake an activity in the community or at home with their parents which will help to inform work back in school e.g. visit the local shop to see where certain fruits originate from, visit the local library etc.
  • All children are expected to learn at least their 2x, 5x and 10x tables.

 Year 3/4

  • All children are encouraged to read with an adult at home for up to 30 minutes per night
  • The Parent/carer is asked to record this in the child’s Home/School Reading Record.
  • All children are expected to practice and learn their weekly spelling lists.
  • All children are expected to learn their 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x, 6x and 10x tables with some achieving 7x, 8x and 9x.
  • All children are expected to revise specified knowledge/skills/concepts at home as required.
  • All children are asked to complete/extend classroom activities at home as necessary.
  • *All children undertake up to 30 minutes of homework per night which may include reading, spellings, tables as well as set work.

* = this daily average may be aggregated during the week e.g. a child may have more one day and none the next etc.

 Year 5/6

  • All children are encouraged to read at home every day. Reading is recorded in the child’s Home/School Record Book but this diminishes as the child extends their reading experience.
  • All children are expected to practice and learn their weekly spelling lists.
  • All children are expected to practise their times tables and the majority will be expected to know up to 12 x 12.
  • All children are expected to revise specified knowledge/skills/concepts at home as required.
  • All children are expected to complete/extend classroom activities at home as necessary.
  • *All children undertake up to 30 minutes of homework per night which may include reading, spellings, tables as well as set work.

* = this daily average may be aggregated during the week e.g. a child may have more one day and none the next etc.

Children with Special Educational Needs

Class teachers, Learning Support Managers and Learning Support Staff work closely with parents in ensuring that homework set for children with Special Educational Needs is appropriate and does not demand too much or too little from both the child and his carers. Homework tasks set:

  • have a clear focus and time-guideline
  • give plenty of opportunities for pupils to succeed
  • help develop social as well as other skills as necessary
  • are varied and are not purely written assignments
  • are manageable for teachers

Homework is not seen as a way of “catching up” with the rest of the class.

More Able and Gifted and Talented Learners

All homework is differentiated to meet the needs of, and to consolidate or stretch, individual children. More gifted and/or talented learners will be expected to undertake some work at a higher level than other children in their class/Year Group. Parents/carers are informed if their child is on our Gifted and Talented Register.

Planning effective homework

  • All homework is planned within the Year Group teams
  • Patterns of homework (e.g. certain types of tasks on set nights) are decided within the Year Group
  • All homework activities have clear learning objectives

The role of parents and carers

Parents/carers need to:

  • provide a peaceful, suitable place in which their child can do their homework – alone or, more often for younger children, together with an adult. If this is problematic then the parent is encouraged to contact the school as an alternative venue in the school may be found.
  • emphasise the importance of homework, make it clear to the child that they value it and support the school in explaining to the child how it can help their learning
  • encourage their child, help them if appropriate and praise them when they have completed their homework

Homework and study support facilities

We have a homework club for children in Year 5/6 which takes place each week.

Feedback for pupils, parents/carers and teachers

  • some homework activities will be assessed and fed back through testing (e.g. spellings, tables etc)
  • written or maths tasks will be marked in the same way as work done within the classroom and feedback to the child will be undertaken as quickly as possible
  • feedback from parents/carers is welcomed usually through the child’s personal organiser.