At The Federation of Canewdon and St Nicholas Primary Schools we believe that homework is an essential part of pupils’ learning. In line with National Curriculum requirements, homework is set and children are encouraged to, and expected to establish good homework habits from the beginning of their school life.
Homework is defined as work set by the teacher to be done at home, either by the child alone or with the support of an older sibling, parent or carer. The main focus of homework will be numeracy and literacy, with occasional tasks to extend and enhance learning across the curriculum.
Homework will involve some or all of the following activities:
Other tasks to extend work done in class, including topic-based work.
The nature, type and amount of homework will vary according to the age and ability of the pupil.
All children are entitled to have homework set by their teacher which is matched to their ability and needs. Parents are entitled to share in the learning of their child.
At The Federation of Canewdon and St Nicholas Primary Schools, we appreciate how important the links between home and school are, and the need for us to work together to ensure a good education for all children. It is for this reason that we believe that it is important that children have homework set that will support learning within the classroom. Homework will be carefully planned to extend learning, enhance and reinforce skills and understanding, and allow children to consolidate and improve their skills further.
In setting and marking homework, teachers will:
At The Federation of Canewdon and St Nicholas Primary Schools, we recognise the importance of developing a sound partnership between parents and children with reference to children’s learning.
SMT will regularly review the Policy and Guidelines on behalf of the Governing Body, alongside the whole staff team, and will monitor the quality of homework provision through planning and work scrutiny.
Appendix 1 – Guidance for parents/carers
Homework – Guidance for Parents
At The Federation of Canewdon and St Nicholas Primary Schools we appreciate how important and valuable good home/school links are and the need for us all to work together to ensure a good education for all children.
Homework is an important part of the curriculum for pupils, and in line with National Curriculum guidance we provide regular homework for pupils in all year groups.
We aim to vary the approach to homework according to the age and learning needs of the child and we cannot emphasise too strongly the importance of parents working with their child to ensure homework is completed.
Why do we set homework?
Homework enables children to practise and extend skills learned in the classroom, and also gives pupils a chance to undertake research and additional learning, as required. It involves parents (and other adults) in the children’s work and we believe that homework encourages and improves independent learning.
How can parents help?
There are many ways you can help:
We ask for your support in seeing that homework is done conscientiously and in the best possible conditions. If homework is not completed children are often at a disadvantage in class, as many homework tasks are discussed in class and often inform future learning.
Teachers will ask children to complete homework in school if it is not handed in.
Time set aside for homework should be respected by the rest of the family. Try to make sure it becomes part of your child’s daily routine.
Encourage your child to establish a homework routine which best suits them, e.g. not when they are becoming tired, etc.
For younger children little and often is best – 10-15 minutes daily is a good habit. As children become older they should be encouraged to sustain their concentration for longer periods of time, and to work with increasing independence. For example, it would be beneficial to get children into the habit of reading every evening; time spent on reading should range from approximately 10 minutes in Key Stage 1 and up to 30 minutes in Key Stage 2.
We appreciate this isn’t always possible every day but a minimum of 4-5 times a week should be encouraged.
If a child struggles with an activity, try to avoid becoming anxious about it and approach your child’s teacher as soon as you can. They will spend more time explaining the task to help you and your child.
What sort of homework should I expect for my child?
Children will bring home reading books every day. Please ensure these are returned when requested. In addition, children will be given tasks to support learning in literacy and numeracy lessons, and occasionally to extend learning in other subject areas.
Homework tasks will depend on the age and ability of children, but in general terms the following can be expected:
Reading – When children are ready, they will bring their reading books home daily along with reading record books so that you can share comments on progress and enjoyment with school staff
Numeracy work or Literacy or topic tasks
Literacy or numeracy tasks, including times tables work (MyMaths)
Tasks related to topic work
Key Stage 2
Homework will include:
Reading – Children have a reading journal to record their comments about their books
A literacy task – spellings, a reading-related task, comprehension activity, written task, research
A numeracy task – tables to learn, maths activities to undertake, problems, etc.
Additional topic based tasks or projects, to enhance topic work done in class
My Maths (computer based tasks)
As children progress towards Year 6 they may often be given additional activities and this will also include SATs revision. It is expected that parents encourage greater independence as children move into upper Key Stage 2.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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