What Homework Are Children Expected To Do?
Children at all levels in school will be encouraged to complete regular homework tasks. These will take up varying amounts of time according to the age and ability of the pupils. It is expected that as pupils grow older, they will tackle more ambitious homework tasks in preparation for transition to secondary school.
Promoting reading at home is the most important way that parents can help their child make good academic progress at school in all areas of the curriculum.
Infant pupils should be encouraged to read each evening. This will normally be to practise with parents what they have accomplished in class and to talk about their books. Guidance for parents on how to make best use of this time will be circulated to all new parents.
Junior pupils should be encouraged to read daily. It is acknowledged, however, that this is likely to be undertaken independently by older juniors. Younger juniors and less able readers still need to be listened to on a regular basis. We encourage parents to recognise that children’s comprehension and imagination, higher order thinking skills, understanding of the world and their love of books, develop through daily reading and discussion of stories, poetry and non-fiction texts, so parents of older/more able children are asked to continue to take an interest in their child’s reading and discuss books with them.
All pupils from Y1 to Y6 are given a list of spellings each week to learn and practise daily using the LOOK, SAY, COVER, WRITE, CHECK method, in preparation for a weekly spelling test. The number of words and their difficulty will depend on the age and ability of the pupils, and the word level objectives being covered in class. Children will sometimes be asked to write the words they are learning in a sentence to show their understanding of the meaning of the word.
All junior pupils are expected to spend a small amount of time every day practising tables at various levels. Children need to learn their tables off by heart and so it is important that they learn them by rote, e.g. 6 x 7 = 42, 7 x 7 = 49, 8 x 7 = 56 etc, and randomly. Children should also be encouraged to apply their knowledge of times tables in real life contexts, e.g. when shopping, a child might be asked, ‘How much would six of these cost?’
The Main Homework Task For Upper Infants And Junior Pupils Will Be A Task Related To The Topic They Are Or Will Be Studying In Class, E.G. A Science, History Or Geography Project, Making An Object For Technology Etc. The Children Are Asked To Choose A Task From The List Of Topic-Related Assignments Pasted Into Their A4 Homework Exercise Book, Designed To Be Enjoyable, Interesting And Relevant, And To Practise And Reinforce Skills They Have Been Learning In Class.
Other literacy and maths homework may be set throughout Y1 – Y6, as appropriate, depending on age, ability and work being covered at any one time in each class.
Parents are notified through the class teacher’s termly letter what topic the class is studying and which day homework will be set and expected to be completed.
Carrying out homework
Homework is sent home in the child’s postbag, which should be checked by parents each evening.
All pupils in Reception and Y1 to Y3 are given a Reading Diary in which parents, teachers and older pupils record daily reading progress. This diary will travel to and from school every day and will be monitored by the class teacher.
All pupils in upper infants and KS2 choose a task from the list of topic-related assignments pasted into their A4 homework exercise book and complete the task in this book. If the task is of a practical nature, e.g. ‘Make an air-raid shelter’, then a photograph of the model could be pasted into the book.
Helping children with homework guidance booklets have been produced by the school for parents in the infants. These booklets are given to new parents and are available from the school office at any time.
All homework will be looked at, appreciated and celebrated. It will be marked with a simple comment and a tick, and merited with jewels/class rewards, if warranted. Where the homework has been of a practical nature, e.g. Make a dinosaur egg, there will obviously be no individual comments recorded; rather, the work will be looked at together and displayed in class (and sometimes shown in whole school assembly) and, if appropriate, a general note of appreciation will be sent home for the whole class.
We realise that we are all busy people these days, and recognise that children are engaged in a number of activities outside of school, which are time-consuming but provide valuable experiences for them. We also recognise that even more important than homework set by school are all the things children should experience at home, such as enjoying meals together, sharing books, playing games, discussing films, going to the park, even just talking to family members and spending time relaxing with loved ones. However, we must emphasise that children need time to practise, consolidate and apply the skills they learn in school, so we do appreciate your support in giving your child the same message as we do, that homework is important and purposeful! Many thanks.