Types of homework
Staff and pupils regard homework as an integral part of the curriculum – it is planned and prepared alongside all other programmes of learning. Homework will be marked in school, by the teacher or by the child. Any misconceptions will be addressed in lessons.
All homework will be sent out weekly on a Thursday and returned on a Tuesday.
An overview of the specific homework in each year group can be seen in Appendix 1.
On occasions, homework may vary and will be set according to the needs of the child or class. Google Classroom may also be used to support homework.
Children will be expected to read at home each day, but recorded in home/school reading record or online on at least 3 occasions. Older children are able to make their own comments. Reading Records (both versions) will be monitored weekly by teachers and termly by the Head Teacher.
All children in KS 1 and KS2 will also receive weekly spellings. These spellings need to be practiced at home before they are tested in school. In Reception, Year 1 and 2 spellings are linked to phonics, plus common exception words. In Years 3,4,5 and 6 the
National curriculum spellings are sent out, plus any spelling patterns that are to be taught.
Amount of Homework
As they move through the school, we increase the amount of homework that we give the children. We expect children in Key Stage 1 to spend approximately one hour a week on home activities, and this may well include reading with a parent. We encourage children in Years 3 and 4 to spend approximately one and a half hours on homework type activities per week, and children in Years 5 and 6 to spend approximately two hours a week.
Inclusion and Homework
We set homework for all children as a normal part of school life. We ensure that all tasks set are appropriate to the ability of the child, and we endeavour to adapt any task set so that all children can contribute in a positive way. We value and celebrate the cultural diversity of our pupils and their families, and we appreciate the enrichment that this brings. Homework may be adapted for the children to create greater challenge or personalised for SEND children. This will be completed in line with any advice received by specialist professionals.
If parents would prefer paper copies than the online activities provided, these can be requested by parents and the necessary arrangements made by staff.
Completion of Homework
Parents will be informed if their child has not completed any of homework set. At the end of every term, the attitude to homework is reported on each child’s Pupil Profile.