The Purpose of homework
Through this policy we aim to:
- Provide opportunities for parents, pupils and the school to work in partnership.
- Extend and support the learning experience via reinforcement and revision
- Ensure consistency of approach throughout the school
- Ensure progression towards independence and individual responsibility
- Ensure the needs of the individual pupil are taken into account.
- Improve the quality of learning experience offered to pupils
- Provide opportunities for parents and pupils to work together to enjoy learning experiences
- Ensure parents/guardians have a clear understanding about expectations of the pupils
- Encourage children to develop long term strategies for future needs
- At Y6, to prepare children for secondary transfer.
Type of homework
The main focus of homework will be on literacy and numeracy. Other subjects will be added to the programme as children move up the school – without losing this focus upon literacy and numeracy. Regular reading within both key stages is vital, and as such, it will play an important part of homework. This will involve children taking reading home to read with parents/carers, and in the case of older children it may involve them reading a reference book as part of a project.
Amount of homework
The precise amount of time spent on homework is much less important than the quality of the tasks which are set, and the way they are planned to support learning. A regular pattern for the setting of homework on a half termly basis is also important so that children, parents and teachers have a clear routine. It needs to be remembered that any homework which is set needs to be manageable for children, and as such, should be given in realistic blocks of time.
The following are suggested time allocations for homework:
It should be remembered that daily reading forms an integral and important role in the Homework process (1 hour per week in KS1 and 2 hours per week KS2)
Special Educational Needs
Children with special educational needs should have homework set which appropriately matches their individual requirement. Homework should be seen as a way of consolidating and extending their individual abilities – not as a way of attempting to get children to catch up with the rest of the class.
Tasks should :-
- Have a very clear focus and time guideline
- Give plenty of opportunities for pupils to succeed
- Be varied
- Be manageable for teachers
Role of the School
Class teachers need to ensure that homework is appropriate and manageable for pupils and parent/carers on a daily basis.
Class teachers need to establish regular patterns to homework particularly for literacy and numeracy.
The Head teacher will monitor the homework process on a regular basis.
Role of parents/carers
Parents/carers play an important and integral part in the homework process.
Parents should be encouraged to hear children read on a regular basis, and to gradually give more assistance to children with other aspects of their homework as they process throughout the school. Parents need to make it clear to children that they value homework, and support the school in explaining how it can help their learning.
They also need to encourage children and praise them when they have completed homework.
Organisation of homework
Homework will be given out to children in a half termly topic format within each KS2 class. In addition to reading, timestables and spelling
Foundation stage will be given Jolly phonics letters and key words as homework after October half term.
Key stage 1 will have weekly homework which will comprise of letters and sounds or Grammer activities and numeracy activities.
Parents are to sign a home/school agreement to ensure their children’s involvement.
Teachers and parents/carers will provide feedback to each other regularly
In evaluating the homework process within school the following criteria will be focussed upon:-
- The extent to which the process is contributing to the children’s progress within school.
- The children’s attitude and motivation towards their learning
- The effectiveness of the communication process between parents and school.
- The Head teacher will be involved in the ongoing monitoring of homework within the school.
- The homework policy will be reviewed on an annual basis.
- Parents will be involved in the review of homework at the termly parents evenings.
Failure to complete homework
As a general rule if a child fails to complete homework on a regular basis a letter will be sent home at end of each term to parents.
On Wednesday lunchtime there is a staff rota for the completion of homework, between 12.30 – 1.00
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