Home Learning

Why do we need to do homework?

Homework is an essential skill to promote self-study and independence in learning that extends beyond school into the home. It is a requirement that will be expected of pupils as they move through their education. It is an opportunity to further practice the skills learned in school and set greater foundations for further progress and development. It is also a good opportunity for parents to keep abreast of their child’s learning.

Guidelines per year group

The volume of homework will increase as pupils progress through school. This is again to build up their stamina and positive attitudes to learning beyond the classroom.

Guidelines are set out as follows:

6 mini pieces across term

Phonics

Reading

1 completed weekly

Weekly

Daily

1 large topic based homework

Reading

Phonics/Spelling

Number Fluency

Termly

Daily

Weekly

Weekly

1 large topic based homework

Maths

Reading

Spelling

Times Tables

Termly

Fortnightly

Daily

Weekly

Weekly

1 large topic based homework

English

Maths

Reading

Spelling

Times Tables

Termly

Fortnightly

Fortnightly

Daily

Weekly

Weekly

It is down to the class teacher’s discretion whether a child or children need additional practice of a particular skill at home. This will be set following an open discussion with the parent or carer and the expectations of the additional work agreed.

How it is set

All homework is set on a Friday and is due to be completed by the following Wednesday. Number Fluency and spelling tests will take place on the Friday. Homework will be set on Google Classroom by the end of the day on Friday.

Marking of homework

All homework will be marked in line with our marking policy. For project work that is practical, a photo should be taken, afixed in the English homework book and a comment written in green pen from the class teacher. Children completing their homework receive a point for Homework on Google Classroom. For exceptional pieces, they may receive more than one point.

Spellings, Phonics and Number Fluency practice will not be marked, however, the scores from the tests will be shared with parents via the link book. This could be put on a sticker and affixed on the notes page. When a child has got them all correct and/or made a marked improvement they will receive a point for Homework on Google Classroom.

Parents

Parents should guide their child with their homework where appropriate, but should encourage their child to be as independent as possible. They should promote excellent presentation of homework, regardless of task, and where relevant the below applies 

EYFS
  • Pencil should be used for all writing.
  • Colouring pencils should be used to colour.
  • Rulers should be encouraged for straight lines.
KS1
  • Pencil should be used for all writing.
  • Colouring pencils should be used to colour.
  • Rulers should be used for underlining and drawing lines.
  • The date and title of homework should always be written.
KS2
  • Pencil should be used for all writing unless child has a pen license. Biro and coloured gel pens are not permitted. Blue or black ink only.
  • Colouring pencils should be used to colour.
  • Rulers should be used for underlining and drawing lines.
  • The date and title of homework should always be written.

Should parents like to discuss any celebrations or concerns regarding homework, they should address these with the class teacher.

If parents would like additional home study activities to challenge their child, class teachers will suggest relevant educational websites parents can access where there may be games and supplementary materials.