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Guidelines on the type and amount of homework to be set

The main focus of homework and home activities for all pupils will be Maths and English. Science and other subjects will be set as pupils move up the school. Homework does not just mean formal exercises carried out by children without help from adults. It is the involvement of parents and carers in jointactivities (although possibly brief) which is most valuable in promoting children’s learning.

Years R

Up to an hour a week

Autumn Term the sound learned in class is sent home to practice writing, drawing pictures and find objects which start with that sound.
Spring/ Summer
Maths challenges are introduced later in the year. Reading books are sent home weekly with the children to read.

Years 1 and 2

1 hour a week

English and Maths tasks alternate each week. The children have a choice of Bronze, Silver and Gold. They are able to choose the task which will challenge them.
Work is set on a Thursday and due in on a Tuesday.

Children will get ten spellings to learn each week
Children are also encouraged to read at least three times a week with an adult.


Years 3 and 4

1.5 hours/week

1 English and 1 Maths linked home learning task each week. Set on a Thursday to be back the following Tuesday.
10 Spellings set each week to be tested weekly
Times table practice linked to their Times Table Challenge stage.

Children are encouraged to read every night.


Years 5

2 hours a week

1 English and 1 Maths task a week. Set on a Thursday to be back the following Tuesday.
Maths home learning will be set through mymaths.
10 Spellings each week to be learned for a test.

Times table practice linked to their Times Table Challenge stage. Children are encouraged to read every night.


Year 6

30 mins a night

Monday Times tables
Tuesday Reading - Children are encouraged to read every night but this would be an opportunity to discuss their book with an adult at home.
Wednesday - Reading comprehension
Thursday Grammar and spelling task.
Friday Maths set on mymaths


Reading is recommended for all children on a daily basis. This may be done as part of homework. On days when the homework activity is something other than reading children should be encouraged, in addition to read - on their own or with others - for at least 10 minutes for infants and at least 20 minutes for juniors.

The recommended time allocations give guidelines for time to be spent in each year group. Actual timetaken will vary for each child. Teachers and parents should consider the child’s ability; less ablechildren may concentrate for shorter periods.

Teachers and parents recognise that children must have time for other activities after school, such as music lessons, clubs and should have some time which is undirected for free play and pursuing their own hobbies and interests.

The role of parents and carers

Parents and carers should:

- provide a reasonably peaceful, suitable place in which pupils can do their homework alone or, more often with younger children, together with an adult.

- make it clear to pupils that they value homework, and support the school in explaining how it can help learning.

- encourage pupils and praise them when they have completed homework.

- where parents and carers have carried out activities with children, give feedback to the teacher both on how well the children did the activities and on whether the activities were interesting/too easy/too hard etc.

- contact the class teacher if the pupil is experiencing any difficulties.

The role of Pupils

Pupils should
-complete the tasks to the best of their ability
-remember to take home and return all items necessary for homework including their Homework Book
-ask their parent or carer to sign the Homework book upon completion of all tasks.