Homework Policy

Homework

Details

Completed By: D. Spiers
Date Completed: Autumn 2013
Agreed by Staff: Spring 2014
Agreed by Governors: Autumn 2013
To be reviewed: Autumn 2016

Rationale

  • We believe that homework has a number of important functions:
  • Consolidating and reinforcing skills and understanding in numeracy, Literacy and other curriculum areas;
  • Helping children become more confident and independent in their learning;
  • Raising levels of achievement of individual children;
  • Providing opportunities for parents and children to work together;
  • Fostering an effective partnership between home and school.

Background

This homework policy has been developed in the light of comments by parents, staff and children.

We value the support of parents/carers and we believe that this policy will be successful if there is a strong partnership between home and school, reflected in the home-school agreement.

We recognise that all children need leisure time and intend that our policy reflects a balance so that children can extend and consolidate their learning with parental support whilst still having valuable leisure time and family time.

Guidelines

Homework is encouraged; it is rarely compulsory. However, there may be times in Year 6 when it is essential and children may be required to complete homework at school, if it is not done at home.

At the start of each term, parents and children receive a Curriculum letter which gives specific details about what homework will be given and when. A breakdown of how homework is structured is provided below. This has been designed to provide a gradual progression of skills and expectation so that by the time children reach Year 6, they have a clear established homework routine in preparation for secondary school. Some homework is provided for completion over the course of a week, fortnight or longer so that it can fit around family lifestyles and commitments. Other homework such as reading, “Learnits” in Maths and learning spellings are best done in short, regular sessions; “little and often.”

“Little and often” homework

Reading

We cannot emphasise enough the importance of reading at home.

SHARE BOOKS TOGETHER AT HOME

We ask parents to read as many stories and other texts to children as they can, especially at the early stages of reading. But also, it is really important to maintain the enjoyment and fun of sharing and listening to stories. We ask parents to talk about the stories and explain the meaning of new words.

LEARN NEW SOUNDS/LETTERS

As new letter sounds are taught in school in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, parents are asked to help them practise these at home.

SHARING READ, WRITE INC BOOKS AT HOME

Once children have progressed on to Green Level books in the RWI scheme, children in Foundation Stage, KS1 and some in lower KS2 will bring home a version of the RWI book that they have worked on in school to share with parents. By this stage, children should be able to enjoy reading the RWI book to adults at home confidently and fluently.

We ask that parents record different reading experiences at home in the children’s Home Reading Diaries. The diaries include some useful tips for sharing books and developing reading comprehension. Children in KS1 receive certificates and prizes for completing stages in their home reading diaries. Children in KS2 receive certificates and housepoints.

As children become more independent and fluent in their reading, it is really important that they DO read and that children continue to discuss their reading with parents and record their reading in their Home Reading Diaries.

Learn-its in Maths

There are 36 addition facts and 36 multiplication facts which each pupil is required to ‘learn it’ by heart. Instant recall of these facts enables children to become more confident at Maths and more successful at calculation. A schedule is set up so that each child has a manageable amount of Learn Its to grasp by the end of each academic year.

In school, the children do a “Beat That” challenge each week and to succeed at the “Learn It challenge”, they need to recall the number facts very quickly. This means that they need to be able to recall their Learn its without any hesitation; “in one breath”. “Learn its” are an important part of Maths homework and are best done little and often; any spare moment will do. Children should practise them in different ways; saying them, seeing them and writing them down. Its good to learn them as part of a game such as pairs or “beat the adult.”

Spellings

From Year 1, children will regularly take home spellings to learn. In Key stage 1, children will take home spellings of words that are irregular, “Red words”. In KS2, children will take home spellings which represent different ways of spelling specific sounds. They may also take home other challenging words to learn to spell. Children will be assessed on their memory of specific words as well as their understanding of how to spell specific sounds.

Foundation StageApproximately one hour a week Nursery: Parents and children enjoy sharing books and activities in book bags and carers record their children’s reading experiences.Reception: Children should read at home as often as possible and this should be recorded in the reading diaries. This may include home reading books, books at home and (from green books) RWI books.Learning of RWI sounds and from the Spring term, Maths learn its.
Key Stage 1 (Years 1 & 2)Approximately one hour a week Children should read at home at least four times a week and this should be recorded in the reading diaries. This may include home reading books, books at home and (from green books) RWI books.Weekly Learn its and/or Maths activities.Regular learning of RWI sounds and spellings and Literacy and Language activities for children in Year 2.
Years 3 & 4Approximately 2 hours a weekYears 5 & 6Approximately 30 minutes per day Children should read at home at least three times a week and this should be recorded in the reading diaries.Maths homework: Learn its and a maths activity to consolidate skills and understanding.Spellings: given out and assessed fortnightly.Other aspects of Literacy such as Grammar or preparation for writing, or research on specific topics.Homework on “Topic” will usually be extended over a longer period of time, involving research and presentation of ideas in different ways.

Additional Learning Resources

In addition, there are a variety of very useful websites which we encourage children to use at home to extend their interest and understanding in a variety of subjects.

All children:

Key Stage 1:

Key stage 2: