The Russell School

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Homework

Research shows that a strong relationship between parents, school and pupils results in more effective learning. We see homework as an important part of the home school partnership that we highly value. By working with parents to explain our ethos and expectations for homework, we can strengthen the relationship between home and school, help parents become actively involved in their child’s education and provide homework tasks that reinforce and extend class based learning.

We aim to:

•  Provide a consistent approach to homework across the school and across year groups;
•  Provide appropriate homework to meet the needs of our pupils;
•  Provide homework, which reinforces and enriches classroom work, or prepares pupils for              future learning;
•  Ensure that pupils are given feedback about their homework;
•  Foster positive attitudes towards independent learning;
•  Encourage pupils to develop good work habits and discipline for future life;
•  Prepare pupils for their next stage of learning;
•  Promote the partnership between home and school.

The Purpose of Homework

We believe that homework is one of the main ways in which pupils can develop independence in their learning. It also provides pupils with the opportunity to reinforce their learning and apply skills learnt to new contexts. Parents also play an important role and are asked to show an interest and provide support. Homework should be completed within reasonable time parameters, according to each year group. The school accepts that some pupils will have a desire to take their learning further in certain curriculum areas and independent research is encouraged and celebrated.

Homework Content

Homework is set as detailed in the overview provided for each year group at the end of this policy. There is a strong emphasis on the mastery of basic skills in Maths and English across all year groups and from Year 3 upwards, children may be set additional tasks involving research or other open ended activities. Test practice questions in reading, spelling, grammar and maths may also be set throughout Years 5 and 6. The expectations for homework for each year group are shared with parents in the Autumn term curriculum evenings which take place in September. Information from the information meetings can also be found on the class web pages.

Homework should be manageable and enjoyable for children.  It is essential that homework does not dictate the pattern of every evening.  Children need time to follow their own personal interests and hobbies as well as time to relax, enjoy leisure activities with their family, play with their friends and exercise. These outside interests develop the ‘whole’ child and are a vital aspect of a child’s learning and development.

Recording of Homework

All pupils are all provided with a homework diary at the beginning of the year and write instructions for homework tasks in their diaries each week.

The Home School Partnership

Homework encompasses a whole variety of activities which pupils are asked to do outside lessons, either on their own or with their parents or carers. We believe that homework makes the greatest contribution to learning when pupils and parents/carers are clear about expectations.

Teachers will:

  • Set tasks appropriate to the needs and abilities of the pupils;
  • Plan tasks which support or enrich classroom learning;
  • Provide sufficient information so that pupils and parents/carers know what is expected of them;
  • Set the timescale for completion;
  • Give feedback as appropriate;
  • Celebrate effort and achievement in homework tasks through the rewards system.

Pupils are expected to:

  • Listen carefully to instructions given about homework and fill in their homework diaries accordingly;
  • Complete their homework to the best of their ability;
  • Take pride in the work they complete;
  • Hand their homework in on time.

Parents are asked to:

  • Provide a suitable environment for pupils to work;
  • Communicate with teachers if the homework is too difficult or too easy;
  • Ensure that sufficient time is set aside to complete homework;
  • Provide the necessary equipment ;
  • Take an active interest in the work to support the child’s learning;
  • Support reading development by listening to their child read, reading to their child and discussing texts with them;
  • Help ensure work is handed in on time;
  • Put a brief note in the homework diary, explaining why homework has not been completed, where this is occasionally unavoidable.

There are occasions when children struggle with homework or when it is not possible to complete a task; homework activities may be too difficult or take too much time. Circumstances may arise at home, which make homework difficult to complete. If any such problems arise, parents should let the class teacher know as soon as possible so we can modify arrangements as necessary.

Illness


When pupils are ill, for a short time they may be asked to catch up on work missed, particularly in the core subjects. This is at the discretion of the teacher and will depend on the nature of the activity and the length of absence. If a child suffers from a lengthy or ongoing illness the school will work with parents to make arrangements to support the child’s learning, as far as possible.

Unsatisfactory Homework

If a child’s homework is deemed unsatisfactory or they simply fail to complete it, they may be asked to complete it at a convenient break time, or they may be asked to re‐do it at home as extra homework that night. Where this becomes a persistent problem parents will be contacted.

Holiday homework

Holiday homework is set for Year 6 over the October half term, Christmas and Easter holidays, in preparation for the end of year tests.  There may be occasions where pupils in other year groups are required to complete a project over the course of a school holiday. Where holiday homework is set, it is open ended enough that pupils may choose how long to spend over it. Parents and carers are asked to encourage their children to keep up with reading over holidays.

Monitoring and evaluation

Teachers monitor the quality of the work completed for homework, analyse parental and pupil feedback and may adjust the nature and timing of tasks set accordingly. Parents are welcome to make an appointment at to discuss their child’s homework with the relevant member of staff.

Homework expectations

Year Group

Homework Tasks

Information

Nursery

From the spring term: Story sacks will be sent home each week

Hedgehog diary will be completed on a rota

From the summer term, library books will be sent home each week 

 

Reception

English:

  • From October half term - daily reading sessions (10 minutes)
  • High frequency words and phonics activities to reinforce the phonics teaching in class

Reading books changed on: Wednesday

HF words/phonics activity set as covered in class

Maths:

  • Practical activities   

Sent home every other week

Topic:

  • Teachers may ask children to find information or items to bring into class. Children may also be encouraged to ask their parents questions or discuss issues with them

 

Year 1

Reading:

  • 10 minute reading session (at least 3 times per week)

Reading books changed every 2 days

 

Spelling:

  • High frequency words/phonics word cards 

Spellings issued on: Monday

 

Maths:

  • My Maths online task or maths sheet

My Maths/printed sheet set on: Friday

Due on: Following Friday

Year 2

Reading

  • 10 minute reading session (3 times per week)

Reading books are changed as and when children finish their books

Spelling:

  • Spelling investigation (tested through a dictation task).

Spellings issued on: Thursday

Tested on: Thursday

Maths:

  • Cracking times tables (from September).  By the end of Year 2, children are expected to know the 2, 5 and 10 times tables
  • My Maths online task or printed maths sheet

Times tables set on: Friday

Tested on: Friday

 

My Maths/printed sheet set on: Friday

Due on: Friday

Year 3

Reading:

  • Comprehension task
  • 15 minute reading session (3 times per week)

Comprehension task set on: Friday

Due on: Following Friday

Reading books changed on: Tuesday and Friday 

Spelling:

  • Spelling list related to the spelling patterns or the topic work covered in class
  • Online spelling, grammar, punctuation task – www.spag.com

Spellings issued on: Wednesday

Tested on: Tuesday

Online task set on: Friday

Due on: Thursday

Maths:

  • Cracking times tables
  • My Maths task or printed maths sheet

Times tables set on:  Friday

Tested on: Friday

My Maths set on: Friday

Due on: Thursday

Year 4

Reading:

  • Comprehension task
  • 20 minute reading session (3 times per week)

Comprehension task set on: Friday

Due on: Monday

Reading books changed on: Tuesday

Spelling:

  • Spelling list related to the spelling patterns or the topic work covered in class

  • Online spelling, grammar, punctuation task – www.spag.com

Spellings issued on: Thursday

Tested on: Wednesday

Online task set on: Thursday

Due on: Following Thursday

Maths:

  • Cracking times tables
  • My Maths task or printed maths sheet

Times tables issued on: Monday

Tested on: Monday

Maths task set on: Monday

Due on: Following Monday

Year 5

Reading:

  • Comprehension task
  • 20 minute reading session (3 times per week)

Comprehension task set on: Monday

Due on: Following Monday

Reading books changed on: Thursday

Spelling:

  • Spelling list related to the spelling patterns or the topic work covered in class
  • Online spelling, grammar, punctuation task – www.spag.com
  • Additional revision set during holidays

Spellings issued on: Tuesday

Tested on: Following Tuesday

Online task set on: Monday

Due on: Following Monday

Maths:

  • Cracking times tables
  • My Maths task
  • Printed maths sheet or problem solving task

Times tables set on: Friday

Tested on: Thursday

My Maths task set on: Friday

Due on: Following Friday

Printed sheet/problem solving task set on: Wednesday

Due on: Following Wednesday

Year 6

Reading:

  • Comprehension task
  • 20 minute reading session (3 times per week)

Comprehension task set on: Friday

Due on: Following Friday

Reading books changed on: Friday

Spelling:

  • A spelling or grammar rule will be sent out every two weeks. Children will write at least 3 paragraphs using the rule
  • Online spelling, grammar, punctuation task – www.spag.com
  • Additional grammar tasks may be set. This may be in the form of practice test questions in preparation for the KS2 SATS tests. 

Spellings issued on: Friday

Tested on: Following Friday 

Online task set on: Friday

Due on: Following Friday 

Maths:

  • Cracking times tables 
  • My Maths task
  • Biweekly additional maths homework tasks will be set to reinforce learning in class 

Times tables set on: Friday

Tested on: Following Friday 

My Maths task set on: Friday

Due on: Following Friday

Additional Homework:

  • Revision tasks will be given to children for completion during school holidays in preparation for the end of year tests.