Date agreed: April 2016
Review Date: April 2018
Homework is a very important part of a child's education, and can add much to a child's development. We see homework as an important example of cooperation between teachers and parents/carers. One of the aims of our teaching is for children to develop as independent learners, and we believe that doing homework is one of the main ways in which children can acquire the skill of independent learning.
Homework plays a positive role in raising a child's level of attainment. However, we also acknowledge the important role of play and free time in a child's growth and development. While homework is important, it should not prevent children from taking part in the activities of various out-of-school clubs and of other organisations that play an important part in the lives of our pupils. We are well aware that children spend more time at home than at school, and we believe that they develop their interests and skills to the full only when parents/carers encourage them to make maximum use of the opportunities available outside school.
to enable pupils to make maximum progress in their academic and social development;
to help pupils develop the skills of an independent learner;
to promote cooperation between home and school in supporting and communicating each child's learning;
to consolidate and reinforce the learning completed in school, and to allow children to practise skills taught in lessons;
to help children develop good work habits for the future.
to inform parents of their child’s stage of learning.
Homework is planned and prepared alongside all other programmes of learning. Predominantly, homework will be Maths or English based. We expect the children to consolidate and reinforce their learning through practise at home.
We set a variety of homework activities, such as:
Weekly reading targets. We give guidance to parents and carers on achieving the maximum benefit from the time spent reading with their child.
Researching a topic at home
Science or topic work
Some tasks and activities may be internet based- children without internet access are given an alternative task or allowed time to complete the task in school time. We expect children to write information from the internet in their own words.
As they move through the school, we increase the amount of homework that expect children to complete.
Year 3 and 4
Year 5 and 6
Reading, times tables and spellings
Reading, times tables and spellings
1 task (Maths, English or another subject)
2 tasks (Maths, English or another subject)
A Homework timetable at the front of the Reading Record Book outlines when Homework is given out and collected.
Unless otherwise stated by the Teacher, homework will be given out on a Friday and should be returned to school by the following Wednesday.
We recognise that children have individual learning styles, which means that some tasks can be completed in a number of different ways, while others demand a particular approach.
Homework is completed in designated exercise books. Worksheets may also be sent home in a range of subjects and then stuck into their books. Children need to complete their homework (in particular Maths) using the methods we use at school- support for written methods is available on the school website. We also expect that the children complete their homework with the same level of presentation that they are expected to achieve in their lessons.
Teachers are aware that children should only be going on an extended holiday during school holiday time. They are realistic about the amount of homework issued over a school holiday given that a child could be away for the duration of the break. If homework is set during a school holiday, teachers will extend the amount of time children have to complete any homework.
Teachers are not responsible for setting homework or ‘extra work’ for children whose parents wish to take them out of school during term time.
Parents and carers have a vital role to play in their child's education, and homework is an important part of this process. Parents and carers should ensure that their child completes the homework tasks that are set. They should help their children as and when they feel it to be necessary and provide them with the sort of environment that allows children to do their best. Parents and carers should support their child by providing a good working space at home and by discussing the work that their child is doing.
If parents/carers have any questions about homework, they should, in the first instance, contact the child's class teacher. If they wish to make a complaint about the school homework policy, or the way in which it is implemented, parents or carers should contact the Headteacher.
Parents/carers sign a Home-School Agreement which asks them to ensure that Homework is completed satisfactorily. Parents/ carers should support their child to hand homework in on time.
When children do not hand in their homework teachers are given a chance to bring it in on the next day. If it is then not returned they will complete it in their own time.