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St John’s CofE Primary School

St John’s CofE Primary School

Homework

Homework

Why do we give our pupils homework?

  • Homework can make an important contribution to pupils’ progress
  • Homework encourages pupils to develop the skills and attitudes necessary for lifelong learning
  • To extend / consolidate / reinforce the skills, knowledge and understanding developed in the classroom
  • Encourage pupils to develop long term strategies for independent work and study
  • Help pupils to develop skills in organisation and meeting deadline
  • To provide opportunities for parents and carers to work together to enjoy learning
  • To prepare pupils for High School

What types of homework should I expect my child to get?

  • Reading on a daily basis (with parents or carers for insecure readers)
  • Learning and practising spellings and mathematical skills and tables which could be through the use of ICT programs (Mathletics, My Maths, Spellodrome, Reading Eggs, IntoScience)
  • Completion of tasks
  • Reviewing, redrafting and completing a piece of work
  • Preparation for classwork / presentation
  • Research topics, projects and investigations
  • In all other subjects not stated below, homework will be given as required or as a project before/after a subject specific Enrichment Day.

The following grid outlines the expectations and guidelines for homework in each year group:

 

Foundation Stage and Key Stage One

Year group

Organisation

Content

Timescales

Expectations

Responses, rewards and feedback.

Reception

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Year 1

 

Newsletters are sent out

There are curriculum related play based activities or questions given to children on a weekly basis.

Homework is sent home on Fridays on the weekly newsletter. Parents fill in a slip and return it the following week

 

5 minutes reading per day

Feedback will be given by the teacher or teaching assistant as appropriate in the school diaries.

 

Reading challenge chart

Year 2

Half term homework grid

A range of activities to suit all abilities, different learning styles and areas of the curriculum with an expectation that they choose one activity to complete each week.

Through year 2 newsletters, parents will be notified of the date for show and tell when the children bring their projects into school.  They can bring their work in earlier to display if they wish to.

10 minutes reading per day or a comprehension activity in the Summer term which are sent home in place of one reading session.

Show and tell session at the end of half term when children share their homework with peers as well as 1:1 with the teacher to develop speaking and listening skills. 

Certificates are presented to celebrate their achievements.

 

 

 

 

Key Stage Two

Homework clubs are run to support children with their homework and to provide a quiet space for children to work in.  Support is also available at lunchtime for pupils without internet access.

Year 3 and 4

Weekly homework sheets are provided

Spellings are either based on a sound a week or relevant topic words.  These are then consolidated and checked in school.   Homework is either a consolidation of work completed in class or linked to topic work.

Year 3 homework is sent out on Wednesday to be returned by the following Tuesday.

Year 4 homework is sent out on Thursday to be returned by the following Wednesday.

15 minutes reading per day and short activities lasting no more than 15 minutes per day or it may be more relevant to complete the work in one or two sessions.

Feedback will be given by the teacher or teaching assistant as appropriate.

If children consistently do not submit homework, this will form part of the discussion at Parent consultation evenings. Option to complete work at homework club will be offered.

Year 5 and 6

 

Homework tasks are set each week to be completed by the following week

 

Homework usually consolidates work completed in class and could include any of the following areas:  numeracy, literacy, science, topic or spellings.

 

The children are normally given a week to complete their homework.

20 minutes reading per day and short activities lasting no more than 20 minutes per day or it may be more relevant to complete the work in one or two sessions.

Feedback will be given by the teacher or teaching assistant as appropriate.

Children are expected to complete their work and return it on the prescribed day.  If the homework is not completed children will complete it in their own time at school.

 

In Year 1 through to year 6 pupils will have homework books to record any homework following the usual school presentation expectations.  These books should be kept in the child’s book bag.  For pupils accessing My Maths, this work is all online.