Guidelines on the type and amount of homework to be set
The main focus of homework and home activities for all pupils will be Topic, Maths and English.
Maths will be set using the website MyMaths.co.uk The children will receive a homework overview each half term which details the Topic Focus each week with a question to investigate at home. Homework should not just mean formal exercises carried out by children without help from adults; it is the involvement of parents and carers in joint activities which is most valuable in promoting children’s learning.
Year R -
Up to an hour a week - following children’s interests
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 and writing challenges sent home once a half term. Specific home learning resources given to parents at parent evening to practise targets at home. Reading books are sent home with the children to read
Years 1 and 2
1 hour a week
Reading- The child needs to read for five minutes three times a week at least. The reading record is to be written in by the parents with a short comment. These will be viewed on a daily/weekly basis by the teacher or TA.
Spelling- A variety of words/spelling patterns will be regularly sent home with
ideas for how to practise.
Handwriting - A handwriting focus for the term will be shared for children to
focus on in any writing they do at home.
Maths - Oral maths to be done on a daily basis on the guidance given for each
half term. My maths to be completed each half term.
Topic - Children will be provided with topic based homework for each week of the half term. This is optional for children to complete and a reward will be given eg move name up/reach for the stars.
Years 3, 4 and 5
Up to 2 hours/week - Homework set on Friday to be returned on Friday.
Reading- They need to complete their reading journal on a weekly basis and must bring both the book and journal into schooeach Friday.
Maths - Mymaths task are set on a weekly basis that are linked to the class learning.This will be set on a Friday and children will have a week to complete this. Opportunities will be provided for this to be completed at school if children are unable to access the website at home.
Topic - Children will be provided with a topic based homework task to be completed each week - this will be optional and children will be provided with a reward if it is completed to a high standard.
Year 5 will also receive a reading comprehension task to be completed.
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. Children will have a week to complete this.
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 KS1 and at least 20 minutes for KS2.
The recommended time allocations give guidelines for time to be spent in each year group. Actual time taken will vary for each child. Teachers and parents should consider the child’s ability; less able children 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
-complete the tasks to the best of their ability. Presentation should match the expectations at school.
-remember to take home and return all items necessary for homework - this includes reading journal and text if provided.