What is homework?
It is work the child is asked to do outside lesson time, either on their own or with parents and carers.
1) To help the child make good progress with work in school.
2) Encourage family learning and thereby promote children’s positive attitude to learning.
3) Help parents/carers to be involved in their child’s learning, promote enjoyable learning experiences and help parents, carers and children to understand what they can and cannot do.
4) Give an opportunity for the child to talk one to one with another adult, parent or carer about what they are learning.
5) To develop an effective partnership between school and parents/carers to pursue the aims of the school.
6) To consolidate and reinforce skills and understanding, particularly in literacy and numeracy.
7) Exploit resources for learning, of all kinds, available in the home.
8) Extend school learning by additional reading, learning number facts etc.
9) To develop, in older pupils, the confidence and self discipline to study on their own and prepare them for high school.
1) Have a clear focus and time guidance
2) Have plenty of opportunities to succeed.
3) Develop social as well as other skills where necessary.
4) Assignments are varied.
5) Manageable for teachers.
About 10 minutes per day reading with and to the child and sharing experiences
Year 1 and 2
About one hour per week (work such as regular reading, handwriting, learning spellings, number facts, playing number games) Activities should be kept short.
Year 3 and 4
About one and a half hours per week (work as for Year 1 and 2 plus additional literacy work with occasional assignments in other subjects)
Year 5 and 6
About thirty minutes per day although this may fluctuate according to the time of year e.g. SATs practice time. (A regular weekly schedule is beneficial with emphasis on literacy and numeracy but also developing work in other subjects of an independent nature using reference books)
Homework should not be the finishing of class work for less able children or slower workers.
A regular pattern for setting homework is beneficial. This is particularly important for parallel classes and mixed-age classes where direct comparison of the nature, quality and frequency of work set between children of the same age in different classes may be made.
Class rewards, at the discretion of individual teachers, will be used to encourage children to do their homework. Opportunities to reward and praise children for their work done at home will be taken at Achievement Assembly.
Reading practice and reading with children/hearing children read is essential throughout primary school and parents and carers will be encouraged to read with and to children as a regular part of the work children do at home. Parents will be encouraged to listen to their child read and read with their child, in a supportive manner and in an appropriate setting that promotes enjoyment of reading. The school will periodically provide advice to parents and carers about how they can best support their child’s learning.
Environment for homework
Parents and carers will be encouraged to:
1) Provide a suitable, reasonably peaceful, place in which their child can do their homework. With younger children it is beneficial if it is done with an adult.
2) Make it clear to the child the value of homework.
3) Always encourage and praise the child’s effort and work.
School may provide an area for homework to be done by older pupils such as a Homework Club.
Special educational needs
Children with special educational needs will be provided with appropriate type and amount of homework which is suitable for their needs but with as much in common with other children’s work as possible. Work should provide these pupils with frequent opportunities to succeed.
Monitoring and evaluating the policy
Samples of homework will be evaluated from time to time by the headteacher or a member of the senior leadership group and a staff meeting will be held annually to assess and update the policy if required.
A successful policy depends on a good dialogue with parents/carers and starts in Reception with workshops on reading to introduce the methods used in school and numeracy. A dialogue between school, parents and carers will be fostered further by a home work/reading diary. Regular bulletins to parents/carers in the form of class newsletters or details of work to be undertaken during the term will be sent out.
In order for a homework policy to be effective it must be
1) Planned as effectively as lesson planning, including differentiation.
2) It must complement classroom learning.
3) Parents need to be involved in the learning.
4) Progression needs to be done by feedback on performance and setting of learning targets.
6) Resources are required, e.g. copies of published materials or ‘banks’ of homework tasks which again require staff being given time for preparation.
Homework will not normally be marked to the same degree that work is marked and assessed that is undertaken in school. Written work may just receive a tick to show that the work is acknowledged. Most feedback to homework will be done orally and most often with the whole class or focussed/guided group.
Attached is a general homework timetable:
|5 – 10 mins. daily||
YEAR 1 and 2
|5 – 10 mins. daily||15 mins. weekly||15 mins. weekly|
YEAR 3 and 4
|30 mins. weekly|