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Homework

AIM

  1. Support the development of children’s knowledge and skills in literacy and numeracy;
  2. Provide opportunities for wider learning and link children’s interests to learning at school;
  3. Develop positive attitudes to learning, self-discipline and independent study skills;
  4. Provide opportunities for parents, children and the school to work together in partnership.

HOMEWORK ACTIVITIES

Homework has 3 main strands and will include a variety of activities. The type and amount of homework a child is set will vary according to their age and ability. All homework is sent home on a Friday, with Literacy and Numeracy activities to be returned the following Wednesday. A specific date will be given at the beginning of each half term for when topic homework needs to be returned.

 

  1. Daily reading: At Royal Kent we see Reading as the foundation for all other learning and therefore we expect all children to read daily at home. Children in Years R-4 are asked to practise reading from their class reading books and/or library books, with close adult support. Children in Years 3-6 are encouraged to read from as wide a range as possible.  This homework is in addition to other set tasks.

 

  1. Weekly literacy and numeracy: Children will learn differentiated spellings for weekly tests. From Year 2 onwards, they will practise multiplication tables appropriate for age and individual targets. These will be reinforced weekly in class and tested regularly. Writing, number work and investigations, which may be linked with topics, also develop literacy and numeracy skills learnt at school.

 

  1. Topics: Homework linked to cross-curricular Topics provides opportunities for children to develop important study and time-management skills, including research, problem-solving and presenting information. Homework Topic Grids offer children choice and challenge, enabling them to explore particular areas of interest and be creative in their approach and presentation. Children are given extended time to complete these tasks and are expected to complete at least one activity each half term. Topic homework will be shared and celebrated with the Class Teacher and peers each half term and will also be displayed in the classroom.

 

Suggested Homework Timings

 

Year Group

Reading Time

Homework Tasks

Reception

10-15 mins daily

Some 5-10 min activities, eg phonics practice

Years 1 & 2

10-15 mins daily

40 mins weekly

Years 3 & 4

15-20 mins daily / 1.5 hrs weekly

1 – 1.5 hrs weekly

Years 5 & 6

20-30 mins daily / 2.5 hrs weekly

1.5 – 2.5 hrs weekly

 

 

HOME-SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP

For homework to be effective, children, teachers and parents must work in partnership. Parents should let the teacher know as soon as possible if they have any concerns. 

 

Role of Parents

  • Try to provide a quiet place to work.
  • Encourage your child to establish a regular routine and time management, working for the suggested time as per our guidelines above.
  • Encourage, support and guide (but avoid doing the homework for them!).
  • Not push your child to complete work if they are in difficulty or working beyond the time allocated; let the teacher know by writing a short note in the homework book, by phone/email or drop in to weekly surgery.
  • Sign the reading record daily in Reception and KS1, and at least 3 times a week KS2. Please add comments if you wish (eg: encouragement, any difficulties).

 

Role of Teachers

  • Plan for and set regular homework matched to the children’s abilities;
  • Allow more than one evening to complete a task;
  • Mark children’s work weekly / give oral feedback, depending on the age of the child
    and nature of the task (eg: practical activities).
  • Celebrate children’s work, eg: positive comments, rewards, displays;
  • Keep a record of children’s progress and provide regular oral feedback to children about their effort, achievements and next steps;
  • Respond to parent comments in the homework book and let parents know if the teacher has any concerns. Provide feedback termly or when parents enquire.

Teachers discuss homework and marking arrangements at the ‘Meet the Teacher’ parent meeting in September. Half-termly letters to parents may also include more specific information for the class. If children repeatedly fail to do their homework or to hand it in, parents will be notified. Parents are reminded that ensuring their child completes homework, is part of the home school agreement which they sign when their child joins the school.

 

 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES

Teachers will have regard to the equal Equality Policy of the school in setting homework.

In particular teachers will need to take account of gender, racial, cultural and religious issues.

Homework should also be used where possible to celebrate individual backgrounds and promote an appreciation of diversity in our society. Children should not be disadvantaged in homework by their economic circumstances (eg: PC/Internet requirements).   

 

 

 

Policy Date:                September 2016