Children are encouraged to take reading books home so that parents can help by listening regularly to their children read. A reading record booklet provides a valuable link between parents and teachers. In addition to reading homework is provided by the class teacher as appropriate to age and ability.
Sometimes extra challenges may be set to encourage the children to pursue their own lines of enquiry, so establishing good learning habits in preparation for Secondary school.
Aims and Values:
- To raise standards of expectations of children, through staff and parents working together in an understanding and supportive way.
- To realise that the homework is perceived as being part of the ongoing process of life-long learning.
- To reinforce the belief that work going home should be enjoyable and not seen as a chore.
- To ensure that homework patterns are balanced in the amount of work set and are organised within relative, and manageable timescales.
- To ensure that clear guidelines on expectations are always included for parents.
- To recommend the amounts of time that will be given to different age groups.
- To ensure that a regular, balanced and manageable pattern of homework is organised.
- To ensure that the tasks are based on quality learning opportunities.
- To ensure that the specific needs of children are taken into account and to realise that some children may benefit from taking extra work home, in addition to the identified homework ( e.g. catering for S.E.N. children).
- To recommend that a variety of approaches will be used to support the aims of the school. This could be in the forms of worksheets, research tasks, verbal presentations, or "drafting" procedures in readiness and support of class work, especially for older children.
- To extend and support learning experiences via reinforcement and revision.
- To ensure consistency of approach throughout the school.
How Homework is to be organised:
- A letter will be sent out at the beginning of each term stating the homework programme for that term (Appendix 1)
- Each child will have a list of items that need to be brought into and taken home from school on a weekly basis particular to their class.
- KS1 and Lower KS2 children have reading records for teachers and parents and children to record progress.
- Homework tasks and advice written by the teacher (or sometimes the child especially in Upper KS2) will support and direct their learning needs.
- It is recommended that specific amounts of time will be given to children, regarding homework expectations.
- Weekly study times are recommended as follows:-
Reception, Y1/Y2: 1 hour per week
Y3/Y4 : 1.5 hours per week
Y5.Y6 : 30 minutes per day.
- Regular reading is vital.
- In KS1 homework should largely consist of regular reading with parents or carers, looking at books together.
- Reading practice and listening to others should continue to be essential in both KS1 and KS2.
- If children are fluent readers, allow them to read on their own for 10 or 20 minutes a day.
- On days when a homework activity is something other than reading children should be encouraged, in addition, to read - on their own or with others - for at least 20 minutes (less for infants).
The Role of Parent or Carer:
- To provide a reasonably peaceful, suitable place in which children can do their homework - alone or, more often for younger children, together with an adult.
- To place a value on the homework and support the school in how it can help their learning.
- Encourage pupils and praise them when they have completed homework.
- To become actively involved in homework activities with children.
Guidelines for staff in the type and amount of homework to be set:
- A plenary session at the end of the day will ensure that children understand what work is to be done that evening at home.
- Feedback will be given by staff on the quality of the homework received to the children.
- It is recommended that specific amounts of time will be given to children on a weekly basis, regarding homework expectation.
- Consideration when issuing written or recorded homework, must give clear advice to parents as to the type of book or worksheet that work is expected to be completed in.
- Exercise books, used in class, should not be sent home.
- Some emphasis needs to be placed on developing creative, open-ended homework tasks that will support and reinforce the learning outcomes of classroom activities.
- Work to go home should be enjoyable and not seen as a chore.
- In planning homework strategies and activities these should be addressed for the forthcoming term.
- Make sure work sent home is differentiated.
- Feedback on the outcome of homework will be given where appropriate to parents at 'Parents' Evenings', on a child's Annual Report or when deemed necessary.
- Staff may sometimes allow more than one evening, for particular pieces of homework to be completed.
Headteacher's & Governor's role:
- Samples of children's homework will be collected from each class every term to check for compliance with the policy.
- To ensure efficiency and effectiveness of our homework policy, a regular review, evaluation and monitoring of procedures will be undertaken.