Homework supports the development of independent learning skills and promotes the attitudes and skills to develop successful, independent lifelong learning. Homework is anything that children do outside the normal school day that contributes to their learning in response to guidance from the school. Homework encompasses a whole variety of activities instigated by teachers and parents to support children’s learning. For example, a parent who spends time reading a story to their child before bedtime is helping with homework.
*Remote learning during Lockdown Spring 2021. It has become normal in school for a blended learning approach between live lessons and remote working. Please see our remote learning page for further information. Homework has terefore taken on a revised approach. Once school returns fully, a review of our homeworking practices will take place to combine the knowledge, skills and understanding gained through the pandemic.
Each class teacher will set their class homework challenges linked to the topic at the beginning of each half term. This will be in addition to weekly tasks which will focus on ensuring the children are reading at home, learning and recalling spellings and times tables.
Children will be expected to complete the activities and should hand their homework books in weekly. Times for handing books in may vary depending on class teachers.
We expect all children to read at least three times a week. Reading practice and listening to others read is essential throughout school. All children should either; read to their parents or carers, listen to them reading or, if they are fluent readers, read on their own for at least 10 to 20 minutes a day. The books we send home are less challenging than those we use for teaching reading in school. Your child should find it easy and enjoyable. If your child is struggling to read their home reading book, please see their class teacher.
Homework should consolidate and extend numeracy work carried out in class. Practice for statutory testing may also be sent home in years 2 and 6. Learning should be evidenced in the children’s homework book in a variety of ways; diagrams, reports, stories and reports. It is essential that children learn their time stables by the end of year 4.
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