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Introduction

We believe that Homework plays an important part in helping to support children's learning in school.  We also recognise that homework is a voluntary activity and for it to work we rely on parental support.  We understand that some parents and carers may not be able to spend as much time with each child on homework tasks as we suggest. We recognise that families have different lifestyles and that it is sometimes difficult to balance all the demands on our time. Many children have evening or weekend activities and time to relax is also important. The homework we set is intended to help each child's education but not at the expense of family life!

 

Why do we set Homework?

  • To support, enrich and extend the learning children experience in their classrooms

 

  • To enable children to practise and rehearse key skills

 

  • To provide structured opportunities for children to share their learning with parents or carers

 

  • To enable children, as they progress through the school, to take increasing responsibility for their homework, helping them to develop good learning habits in readiness for the next  phase of their learning at Secondary School and beyond

 

How is Homework organised?

At the beginning of each academic year, class teachers offer parents and carers the opportunity to come to a Welcome Meeting where information about the curriculum and homework expectations is shared. 

The amount of homework set, and the expectations for completion and return of homework tasks, increases gradually as a child moves through the school.  Our current homework arrangements for each year group are set out in the back of our Homework Policy.

Activities which are set as homework are very carefully chosen.  Teachers ensure that wherever possible, the activities link directly to learning in the classroom.  Not all activities need differentiation, but this is used where needed so that tasks accurately match specific children’s needs – this may mean some children in the class being set easier, and some being set harder work than their peers. 

Children who are attending booster or extension groups may be set homework by the members of staff leading those groups in addition to, or instead of their class homework.  This is to enable the children to make the best use of the small group attention they are receiving and to help them to consolidate and rehearse the skills and strategies they have been using in the group.

Wherever possible, teachers try to hand out and receive back homework on designated days, setting routines which are straightforward for families to follow. 

Class teachers are always happy to talk with parents or carers about any problems with homework – they are usually available for a chat at the end of the school day, or can be contacted via the school office.

Teachers will give children appropriate feedback about their homework, and ensure that it receives appropriate attention and acknowledgement.  This may take a variety of forms, including celebrating homework by displaying it in the classroom, giving oral feedback, children marking their own or each other’s work as well as more conventional marking such as you would see in the children’s class books. 

 

Other resources to help children learn at home

Our Maths programme ‘Mathletics’, and our French enrichment site ‘GrowStoryGrow’ are both available for children to access at home, subject to parental agreement.  Each family is provided with children’s logins for these sites when the child joins the school.  If logins are lost or forgotten, please let us know and we will reissue them to you.

 

Other sources of help for supporting children’s learning at home

There are a number of documents about helping children of different ages with homework on the Department for Education website.  Links to these documents are included here:

Working Together is aimed at parents and carers with children aged 5+

Getting into Homework is aimed at parents and carers with children aged between 8 and 13

Coaching your Teenager is aimed at parents and carers with teenagers

If you would like to see a hard copy of any of these documents, please ask at the office. 


 
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