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At our school we are very keen for parents to support and help their children with homework. We take the view that children are likely to get more out of an activity if parents get involved as long as they do not take over too much. However, there are times when we will want to see what children can do on their own. It is particularly important, as they get older, for children to become increasingly independent in their learning. If a parent is unsure about what their role should be, they should discuss it with their child's teacher.

 1. Our Aims:

 Ensure that parents are clear about what their child is expected to do

  • Ensure consistency of approach throughout the school
  • To use homework as a tool to help to continue to raise standards of attainment
  • Improve the quality of the learning experience offered to pupils and to extend it beyond the classroom environment
  • Provide opportunities for parents, children and the school to work together in partnership in relation to children’s learning
  • Encourage pupils and their parents to share and enjoy learning experiences
  • Reinforce work covered in class by providing further opportunities for the individual pupil
  • To practise or consolidate basic skills and knowledge, especially in Maths and English
  • Encourage children to develop the responsibility, confidence and self-discipline needed to study independently
  • To prepare Year 6 pupils for the transfer to secondary school.

 2. Homework for Reception is as follows:

  • Daily reading
  • Weekly phonic support in Autumn 1
  • Sound books in Autumn 2 and Spring 1
  • Weekly maths homework in Spring 2, Summer 1 and Summer 2
  • SEAL homework - once a term
  • celebratory WOW sheets for parents to share their child's achievements at home

 3. Homework for Key Stage 1 is as follows:

  • Daily reading
  • Weekly Maths sheet - every Wednesday
  • Weekly Phonics/spelling -  every Wednesday
  • PSHE/SEAL homework that goes home once a term, linked to Seal theme.

There is no set return day in key Stage 1. The maths is rewarded by a sticker (a bubble on a fish display), and the phonics/spelling has a smiley face and acknowledgement and is then placed in the children's literacy folder.

 4. Homework for Key Stage 2 is as follows:

In KS2 there are 5 pieces of homework every week:

  • read to someone or read to yourself
  • learn your spellings, 
  • do the MyMaths you have been set, 
  • learn your times tables (in Y6, you need to know them all so you can do the weekly arithmetic test)
  • choose a task from your termly homework grid. 

You can complete any of the activities on the grid in any order. Aim to do a minimum of 3 during the half term (some might take 2 weeks to complete to a good standard)

Bring your homework book to school every week, making sure that someone at home has signed the 5 boxes to show you have completed the tasks. There will be an end of term reward for everybody who hands in their signed homework every week. 

The following are government recommendations as appropriate time allocations for homework activities:

Years 1 and 2 - 1 hour per week

Years 3 and 4 - 1.5 hours per week

Years 5 and 6 - 30 minutes per day (2.5 hours a week)