Homework

It is important that homework is set appropriately and consistently throughout the School, and that both pupils and parents are clear about what is set and the School’s expectations for its completion. This policy outlines the principles and strategies for the setting of homework.

OUR AIMS
Through the setting of homework we aim to:-

• Support the work carried out in the classroom
• Provide reinforcement or development as appropriate to a child’s needs in order to further attainment
• Allow parents greater involvement in their child’s education and strengthen home/school links
• Nurture in our children a sense of responsibility, self-discipline towards work and to develop in them further good work-related habits such as organisational skills
• To encourage basic skills of reading and for children to practise them with an adult

The School is aware of the pressures placed on the home environment and the organisational difficulties that homework can create but the class teachers value the support that parents can give to ensuring that work is undertaken diligently. For those who find homework difficult to complete there is a Homework Club each lunchtime run by a senior member of staff.

The workload should not be such as to overburden a child who has had a long and stimulating day in school, but the class teachers should ensure that any homework set adheres to the principles that tasks be :-

• clearly understood by the child
• realistically time-bonded
• wherever possible, differentiated to meet the needs and abilities of the child.
• planned alongside class work as detailed on weekly Year Group plans based on the teaching / learning principles of our School.

STRATEGIES
The school sends curriculum information out each term to inform parents of the content of their child’s curriculum. Included in this document is a homework timetable for the term. The homework may also be available through the website.

Each child has a Homework/Reading diary which is filled in at the time of setting the homework. Homework will be written on the classroom board for each day and teachers are responsible for ensuring that each child records their homework accurately. Parents are expected to sign the diary once the homework and reading have been completed, and the teachers regularly check that this has been done.

We try to give practical strategies to children who find difficulty in organising themselves, as well as encouraging the support and co-operation of parents.

Homework tasks, based in part on DFE guidance, will normally take about 15 minutes for Year 3, 20 minutes for Year 4, 25 minutes for Year 5 and 30 minutes for Year 6. It will be set nightly, with children having at least two days to hand the work in. Lengthier pieces of work, such as research, may be allowed longer periods of up to six weeks. Homework is usually completed in a special Homework Book.

Across the course of a week, children in Year 3 will be set a range of homework which may include:

• 1 x spelling & tables (to run continuously across week in preparation for testing)
• 1 x Maths/Number related work
• 1 x English/Topic related work
• 2 or 3 x sessions of reading to an adult and getting reading record signed.

In Years 4, 5 & 6 it has been agreed that the following homework may be set:

• 1 x spelling & tables (to run continuously across week in preparation for testing)
• 1 x Maths/Number related work
• 1 or 2 English/Topic related work
• 1 or 2 sessions of reading to an adult and getting reading record signed.

NB. The Year 6 staff prepare the children for the demands of the following year by extending homework tasks over three or four days and by giving multiple homework tasks over a longer period as appropriate. In addition, revision tasks may be given in the Spring term prior to final assessments.

IN ADDITION: Reflecting the School’s commitment to the teaching of French, short French homework tasks are usually set for Years 4-6. These may be in written or oral form and will reinforce the themes covered, allowing children to practise throughout the week. The children are not expected to hand this work in until the day before their next weekly French lesson.

Any research required for homework will be allocated class time and resources. Children are not expected to have research books or ICT facilities at home, although these are helpful. We are developing our website and homework opportunities can be offered through this.

DEALING WITH ISSUES
The homework/reading diaries should be used as a means and a record of communication between teachers and parents. Should there be issues about a child’s completion of homework tasks, parents will be contacted via this book. For children who have difficulties completing homework due to home circumstances, there is also a homework club supervised by a member of staff.

In normal circumstances homework that has not been completed should be sent home again for completion that night with a note to parents. Staff may wish to provide reassurance or support for children who have not understood or have had difficulties with homework during the following lunch hour.

Repeated issues with homework will be referred to the Headteacher.