Homework Policy

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES 

The aim of the policy is to define the purpose and nature of the homework set in the school, to clarify the organisation and time expectations in the various year groups and to ensure a coherent and consistent approach on behalf of the school.  The objective will be the clear understanding on the part of everyone contributing to the homework process, children, staff and parents, of the roles they play and the outcomes hoped for from the process.   

THE PURPOSE OF HOMEWORK 

  • To ensure progression towards independent learning and individual responsibility 
  • To develop an effective partnership with parents in home learning 
  • To consolidate knowledge, skills and concepts acquired in class work 
  • To facilitate the learning of key ideas and facts 
  • To provide opportunities for the manageable extension of school based work 
  • To promote the enjoyment of learning through the creative curriculum 
  • To facilitate family learning 
  • To promote the pupils’ other interests 
  • To initiate school based work 

THE NATURE OF HOMEWORK 

The type and amount of homework children undertake will vary not only according to the age of the children but also in response to individual need or interest. Some activities may not appear to be of the traditional homework variety such as games, investigations and take-home tasks but the purpose behind these will be explained to both parents and children. 

Home learning will provide regular opportunities for children to develop their skills in reading, spelling and times tables. Take-home tasks are designed to promote the children’s own interest in their class topic and may require the children to use their research skills. They are often open ended to allow children to extend themselves. The children are often given choices within these tasks so that they can take ownership of their learning and do something that inspires them. Take-home tasks are set over the half-term holidays and are designed to give families the opportunity to work together. We appreciate that some families see holidays as a time to have a break from school therefore we always allocate three weeks to complete these tasks.  A homework club is also available in school. 

The broad framework for weekly home learning should be: 

Reading

Phonics and/or Spelling

Times Tables 

The activities set for each year group follow this outline approximately: 

Reading

Spelling

Times Table

Reception

Read at home every day and with an adult at least five times a week.

Parents should sign the reading diary (and write a comment) each time they hear their child read.

Keywords will be sent home (when appropriate) to be learnt weekly.

n/a

Year 1

Read at home every day and with an adult at least five times a week.

Parents should sign the reading diary (and write a comment) each time they hear their child read.

Phonics Sounds will be sent home to practise during Autumn and Spring Term.

Keywords will be sent home weekly during the Summer Term.

n/a

Year 2

Read at home every day and with an adult at least three times a week.

Parents should sign the reading diary (and write a comment) each time they hear their child read.

Learn the rule (not just the words given).

In Year 2 the Government expects pupils to know multiplication and division facts for the: 2, 5,10,3, times tables.

Year 3

Read at home every day and with an adult at least three times a week.

Children should write the name of the book, date and page number in their reading diary and have this signed by an adult.

Parents should (at least three times a week) write a comment about their child’s reading.

Learn the rule (not just the words given).

Write the words out three times.

Write each word within a sentence.

In Year 3 the Government expects pupils to know multiplication and division facts for the: 2, 5,10,3, 4 and 8 times table and be able to apply this knowledge to 50 and 100

Year 4

Reading

Spelling

Times Tables

Read at home every day and at least three times a week to an adult.

Write the name of the book, date and page number and have this signed by an adult when reading together.

Children should sometimes write a comment about their thoughts part way through the book.

A short book review should be written at the end.

Learn the rule.

Write words in alphabetical order.

Complete a word search.

Write each word within a sentence.

Think of two new words that match the rule and find their meaning.

In Year 4 the Government expects pupils to know all multiplication and division facts up to 12 times table. They should also be able to count in lots of 25 and 1000.

Year 5

Read daily.

Read 6 texts (of different genres according to reading contract) across the term. This equates to roughly one every two and a half weeks.

A book review should be written after every completed book (using the prompt sheet provided)

Learn the rule.

Write words out three times.

Write each word within a sentence.

Think of three new words that match the rule and write them into a sentence.

The government expects all pupils to know all their multiplication and division facts confidently up to 12 times table by the end of Year 4. Therefore children in Year 5 must be able to recall ALL the times tables at speed and apply their knowledge of these facts.

Year 6

Read daily for at least 20 minutes.

Read 8 texts (of different genres according to reading contract) across the term. This equates to roughly one every two weeks (including holidays).

A detailed book review should be written consisting of at least three paragraphs after every completed book. A prompt sheet has been provided in the reading journal. It should include quotations from the text explaining the points made.

Learn the rule.

Write words out three times.

Think of five new words that match the rule and find their meaning.

Group 1: Write each word within a sentence.

Group 2: Choose a genre of writing and try to include each of the spelling words.

Group 3: Choose a genre of writing and try to include each of the spelling words including the 5 extra words of your own that match the rule.

The government expects all pupils to know all their multiplication and division facts confidently up to 12 times table by the end of Year 4. Therefore children in Year 6 must be able to recall ALL the times tables at speed and apply their knowledge of these facts.

SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS 

To try to meet the needs of children with special educational needs home learning tasks should: 

  • Be differentiated 
  • Be linked with learning support work (if appropriate) 
  • Include some reinforcement tasks 
  • Have a clear focus and time guidelines 

THE PLANNING AND ORGANISATION OF HOMEWORK 

  • There should be a regular homework timetable that is known by all parties. 
  • Provide opportunities for home activities linked to topics or learning from the classroom. 
  • Homework should have clear instructions and expectations and reasonable deadlines and there should be opportunities to discuss homework. 
  • Homework should be manageable for both pupils and teachers. 
  • There should be appropriate feedback on homework e.g. oral, written, whole class discussion. 

THE ROLE OF PARENTS IN SUPPORTING PUPILS 

  • Parents should be urged not to do the homework for the child or to mark work in the teacher role 
  • A positive approach from parents will support the child to see homework as a valued activity 
  • Instructions should help parents carry out a wide variety of home activities not only written tasks 

FEEDBACK FOR PUPILS AND PARENTS

  • Teachers should give either verbal or written comments on homework and parents encouraged to make comments at the end of topics.
  • Examples of good homework can be highlighted by encouraging the use of stickers, merit marks and certificates
  • Lack of support for homework should be monitored and discussed with the Headteacher and parents. 

MONITORING AND EVALUATING THE HOMEWORK POLICY 

The monitoring of the effectiveness of the homework policy will be carried out by the following strategies:

  1. Records kept in teacher record books
  2. Monitor quality by assessment and feedback
  3. Senior Leadership Team to monitor via planning and parental feedback
  4. If 3 weeks of homework are missed, a letter is sent home to parents.
  5. If homework continues to be late, a meeting with parents is requested.
  6. Pupils will be encouraged to attend homework club.
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