Homework is an integral part of our pupils' learning process, offering an opportunity for parents to share in their child’s progress and support their learning. It is critical that home learning is an enjoyable experience and we encourage parents to take an active interest in this, their learning targets and their achievements.
For homework to be successful it should:
- be an enjoyable, interesting and rewarding experience
- be matched to children’s abilities and previous experiences
- widen and enhance children’s current learning
- develop or consolidate children’s knowledge, skills and attributes
- enable children to make progress
We have adopted a personalised approach to homework, which allows pupils to work at a level and speed that is appropriate to their individual needs. The following homework tasks are completed on a weekly basis:
- Home/School Reading Scheme
- Differentiated spelling lists
- The Mathletics Mental Maths Scheme
- Differentiated multiplication/division facts recall
- All pupils are offered homework matched to their age and ability. As pupils progress through the school, the type of activity and amount may be increased, but it is still important to have adequate leisure time. A short time set just before/after tea in the evening is useful for sharing information about the day’s activities and assisting with any work brought home.
Homework should take up a manageable and balanced part of children’s lives and provide the opportunity for parents to support their child’s progress. It is essential that homework does not dictate the pattern of every evening. Children need time to follow their own personal interests and hobbies and quality time to relax, enjoy leisure activities with their family, socialise with their friends and exercise.
There are occasions when children may struggle with the homework set for them or it is not possible to complete a homework task. Homework may be too difficult or be taking too much time. Circumstances may arise at home which make homework difficult to complete.
If there are any such problems, please let your child's teacher know as soon as possible so we can modify arrangements as necessary.
How can you help?
- Find a quiet place at home to use as a homework area.
- Plan a homework timetable and agree on when your child will do their homework.
- Allow your child to have something nutritional to eat before starting on homework.
- Discuss any homework tasks with your child and how it connects with what they are studying at school.
- Turn off the TV whilst homework is being completed.
- Explain how to look up information or find a word in a dictionary if your child is stuck.
- Keep homework sessions short. Children work hard at school each day and need time to unwind in the evenings and weekends.