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Homework

Rationale

 

At Stone StMary's Church of England Primary School we see homework as any work or activity that pupils are asked to do outside lesson time, either on their own or with parents or carersWe believe that some form of regular work at home is desirable for all primary age children.

Homework should be a pleasant experience and, in general, should be used to reinforce work done in schoolIt also gives parents an opportunity to discuss school work with their children, providing some understanding of, and insight into, the National Curriculum.

As in all areas of school life, it is essential that parents and school are clear about what is to be achieved, and are mutually supportiveAt Stone we see homework as part of the wider Home-School Agreement partnership between parents and school.

 

Aims

 

Our aims at Stone StMary's Church of England Primary School, through this homework policy are: -

 

  • to encourage and enhance the learning and work ethic of our children
  • to provide opportunities for parents and children to work together to enjoy learning experiences
  • to develop an effective home-school partnership in children's learning
  • to raise standards by reinforcing and extending work undertaken in school
  • to encourage a sense of responsibility in the children and help them develop the confidence and self-discipline needed to study on their own and thus preparing them for life at secondary school
  • to ensure consistency of approach throughout the school

 

Organisation and Content

 

Homework does not mean formal exercisesIt is the involvement of parents and children in joint activities, which will promote the children's learning.

 

Homework will form part of year group planning to ensure consistency across classes.

 

Homework will be provided on a consistent basis and once homework is set there is an expectation that it will be completed by the set dateChildren will be given clear instructions about the activity to be undertakenAttitude to homework will be reported to parents at parents evenings and in a child's annual reportIn KS2 children will complete their homework tasks (other than mathematics) in their "Brain-Builder's Book", which will then be shared in class.

 

In September each teacher will give a presentationThis is an important part of the communication process, giving parents, teachers and children a chance to ask questions and discuss activitiesIt also provides an opportunity for teachers to offer advice and guidance on how parents can help their children learn specific skills (e.gstrategies for reading and how to learn spellings and tables)Reading record books/homework link books or contact books may also be used.

 

As children get older they will be expected to spend longer on homework activities in preparation for secondary schoolWe follow guidelines as set out by the Department for Education.

 

The following table shows our homework programme time allocation: -

 

  • Year R - 30 minutes a week (5 minutes a day)
  • Years 1 and 2 - 1 hour a week (10 minutes a day)
  • Years 3 and 4 - 1 ½ hours a week (15 minutes a day)
  • Years 5 and 6 - 3 hours a week (30 minutes a day)

 

At Stone we believe regular reading at home is vitally important and that all primary aged children should either read to an adult, be read to, or read independently each day.

 

Daily reading may be the basis, or part of the homework programme set for the children, but where it is not, children should be encouraged, in addition, to read.

 

Special Educational Needs

 

Consideration will be given by year group teachers to setting appropriate homework for children with special educational needs, but where possible they will be set homework in common with other children in the class.

 

Role of parents

 

Parents will be expected to support and encourage their children by giving time and a home environment where homework can be doneThe classteacher will, as far as possible, ensure that the children are completely clear on what they are expected to do at home so that KS2 children in particular are able to communicate this to their parentsIt is hoped that this will encourage the children to develop a sense of responsibility.

 

Children benefit enormously from being able to discuss what they have done with their parentsConstructive comments from parents help the children to develop a better understanding of the work and reinforce what is taught in school.

 

It is expected that parents will support the school showing their children they value homework and encouraging and praising their children when homework is completedThis will help the children to develop a responsible attitude to homework.

 

Parents of younger children, in particular, will be encouraged to become actively involved in joint homework activities.

 

Parents who wish to opt out of "homework" will be asked to meet members of the Governing Body to discuss their reasons, remembering that in the Home-School agreement they have signed to support homework.

 

Feedback for pupils, parents and teachers

 

Where homework tasks are done with adults, children receive immediate feedbackWhere homework is done on their own, children will receive feedback through class discussion, tests, individual comments by the teacher or by the children reviewing their work in small groupsWe believe it is important that children's efforts and achievements are recognised generally within the school so as to maintain motivation.

Feedback from parents will be encouraged through the use of Reading Record Books/Homework link books or diaries, in which comments are recorded.

 

Monitoring and evaluation

 

The day to day monitoring will be carried out by the classteachers and evaluations discussed regularly in planning teamsThe overall effectiveness and efficiency of the policy will be monitored by the Senior Management Team through sampling home/school books.

 

Success Criteria

 

The success of this policy will be measured against: -

 

  • pupil progress and their attitude to learning
  • greater parent involvement in children's learning

 

Review of Policy

 

This policy will be reviewed every 2 yearsThis review will take account of discussions with parents at Parents Evenings and be set against the above success criteria.

 

Reviewed October 2010

 

Next Review date October 2012

 

Homework Policy

Appendix A

 

Year Group - Reception

Literacy homework tasks may include:

 

  • reading/sharing books
  • reading high frequency words
  • reinforcing letter sounds
  • correct formation of lower case letters

 

Numeracy homework tasks may include:

  • counting 0 to 20/100
  • counting rhymes
  • reading, writing numbers 0 to 20

 

Other homework tasks may include:

  • Knowledge and Understanding - to talk/learn about people and places in our environment
  • Creative - to express themselves through drawing, crafts and music
  • Physical - to practise control and co-ordination of their bodies
  • Personal and Social - to play confidently and independently and share as part of a group

 

Homework Policy

Appendix B

Year Group 1

 

Literacy homework tasks may include:

 

  • reading high frequency words
  • daily reading
  • correct formation, and position on the line, of letters
  • spellings

 

Numeracy homework tasks may include:

 

  • counting 0 to 100 in 1's, 2's, 5's and 10's
  • topic or number problem
  • Other homework activities may include:
  • simple research through discussion with adults and family

 

Homework Policy

Appendix C

Year Group 2

 

Literacy homework tasks may include:

  • spellings (topic and/or high frequency words)
  • daily reading
  • 'sound' or 'blend' reinforcement
  • learning name, address and telephone number format
  • revision tasks

 

Numeracy homework tasks may include:

  • number bonds
  • tables
  • shopping related activities
  • activities related to specific topics studied in school (e.g. time, measurement)

 

Other homework tasks may include:

  • simple research activities
  • development of library skills
  • development of ICT skills

 

Homework Policy

Appendix D

Year Group 3/4

 

Literacy homework tasks may include:

  • reading
  • spellings
  • word activities
  • preparing oral presentations

 

Numeracy homework tasks may include:

  • tables
  • investigations
  • number puzzles
  • reinforcement of classwork

 

Other homework tasks may include:

  • projects (history, geography, science, D.T.)
  • research

 

Homework Policy

Appendix E

 

Literacy homework tasks may include:

  • reading
  • comprehension activities
  • grammar activities
  • spelling investigations
  • handwriting
  • extended writing

 

Numeracy homework tasks may include:

  • tables
  • investigations
  • reinforcement of classwork
  • practical activities

 

Other homework tasks may include:

  • projects (history, geography, science, D.T.)
  • research
  • practical science activities
     
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