HOMEWORK POLICY (revised 18th March 2018)

Rationale

A consistent, well-managed homework programme helps children to develop the skills and attitudes they will need for successful lifelong learning. Homework also supports the development of independent learning skills and provides parents with an opportunity to take part in their children’s education.

Purposes

Learning at home is an essential part of good education. Regular homework is important as it gives pupils the opportunity to practise at home the tasks covered in class, and helps them work towards improving important skills. It also supports children to become confident and independent learners.

Implementation Roles and Responsibilities:

The School will:

  • Set appropriate homework regularly and ensure that it is marked either through the homework diary or on the completed piece of work.
  • Value all homework, which will be included in the pupil’s relevant exercise book or file, or displayed in class.
  • Ensure that no homework is set during holiday breaks.
  • Support children and parents to complete homework if necessary.
  • Allow access to resources (including resources such as, books and computers) if necessary.

The Parents will:

  • Support and encourage their child when completing homework activities.
  • Ensure the homework book/diary is signed.
  • Help their child return their homework on time.
  • Provide a suitable place and time to do homework.
  • Ensure school property is looked after when at home.

The Child will:

  • Spend the appropriate time and effort needed to complete homework to the expected standard.
  • Bring homework in on time.

Guidelines

In Years 3 and 4 all children are provided with a homework book where set tasks are recorded and some homework is completed. In Years 5 and 6, all children are provided with a homework diary to record the set tasks.

  1. At the front of these books is the routine guidance for parents. This guidance may be adapted to suit your child’s needs. Homework is set by the teacher weekly, usually on a Friday, and completed by the following Thursday (or as specified in the front of the homework diary).
  2. Failure to complete the set tasks, which is not supported by a message sent to the class teacher by parent/carer, is treated with the following sanctions: 6 minutes of Golden Time lost.

Homework will be completed during lunchtime.

  1. The main focus of the homework tasks set is to consolidate and reinforce skills and understanding, particularly in English and Maths. Most weeks, children are given a maths task which consolidates and supports their class learning. All children are expected to read at least 4 times a week, with the support of an adult if necessary, and parents are expected to sign their child’s reading log to confirm this. English tasks are closely linked to their class work and often include spellings to learn. Other tasks will enrich other areas of the curriculum.
  2. Time allocation:

The school’s recommendation, based on current good practice, is as follows:

Y3 and 4 : 1.5 hours per week

Y5 and 6 : 2.5 hours per week (approx: 30 minutes per school day)  

 (These recommendations should include a minimum reading time).

  1. Inclusion:

As far as reasonably possible we make every effort to consider each child’s to ensure that the homework activities are meaningful and relevant to their learning. If, for any reason, a child is not able to access the homework set, then parents/carers should raise their concern with the class teacher in the first instance. Children with special educational needs, when set homework by the SENCO, may have their class homework reduced if appropriate. Individual children may be invited to a ‘Homework Club’. This will enable them to use resources and support that they might not be able to access at home.