Homework refers to any work or activity which pupils are asked to do outside lesson time, either on their own or with parents/carers. In order that pupils can attain the highest standards (spiritual, moral, social, cultural and academic) we recognise the crucial importance of an active educational partnership between home and school. Homework is one of the ways in which we seek to foster this partnership.
PURPOSES OF HOMEWORK
Children are given homework with the following aims in mind –
- To develop an effective partnership between the school and parents/carers in pursuing the aims of the school;
- To consolidate and reinforce skills and understanding, particularly in literacy and numeracy;
- To encourage use of home and community resources for learning (eg computers, CD-ROM, reference books, libraries, museums, swimming pools, train trips etc);
- To extend learning opportunities out of school
- To encourage pupils as they get older to develop the confidence and self-discipline needed to study on their own, thus preparing them for the requirements of secondary school.
- To provide opportunities for parents and pupils to work together to enjoy learning experiences.
AMOUNT OF HOMEWORK
The Government believes that a sensible programme of home activities at Key Stage One should take, on average, about 1 hour per week. Clearly, less should be expected of children in the Foundation Stage than those in Years 1 and 2. In Key Stage Two the demands should gradually increase so that by Years 5 and 6 children are spending about 30 minutes a day on homework. For all children these amounts of homework include time they spend reading or being read to by parents/carers.
Children will bring home a Reading Diary with their reading book and parents are asked to add comments that will help the teacher and the child. Days for spellings will be given out in the termly newsletter.
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Homework tasks will be given out half termly. The expectation will be one task to be completed each week and handed in. There is also an expectation for work to be presented well and reflect the pupils ability in school.
Each class will have regular days for homework to be handed in and classes will be informed of these in the class September news letter.
TYPE OF HOMEWORK
Regular reading to and with parents/carers is vital and greatly improves children’s progress with reading. All children should either read to their parents, listen to an adult read, or talk about their book using the above chart as a guide to timing.
These may be other ways to support and extend the curriculum in a way which is difficult for us to do in school:
- Number or strategy games/tasks can improve maths skills
- Handwriting letters to relatives or friends
- Spelling or word building games eg. Scrabble, Boggle
- Topic related work (which may be science based), visits to museums, exhibitions, special events, etc
- Finding out information, from a library, museum, internet
- Preparing oral presentations (eg for “show and tell”)
HOW TO COPE WITH HOMEWORK
The role of the parent is crucial to the success of homework. Families might usefully discuss the following issues:
- When is good time for homework to be attempted?
Straight after school? After TV? Early next morning
- Where is the best place for homework to be done?
In the bedroom? Somewhere close to a parent so that they can help?
- What aids concentration and stimulates hard work?
Silence? Background family chatter? Music?
It is vital that parents display a positive attitude to homework and value its importance, but at the same time recognise that it is the child’s responsibility to complete the work. The boundary between what many parents see as constructive help and what children view as interference is indistinct and frequently varies from day to day and between subjects. Listen hard to the children’s explanation of what they have to do and discuss whether your help is needed and what form this might take. Parents are asked to encourage their children to complete their homework and ensure that it is handed in on time, and to enquire of their children if the work they are being set is not brought home on a regular basis. If a child does not complete homework they will spend time in class catching up.
Sometimes children will do pieces of writing or number work at home which have not been set by the teacher. The school will celebrate extra work of this nature and may share it with the class or place it on display.