Eldon Junior School
Why is homework important?
At Eldon Junior School we have a tremendous
amount to learn and there are only so many
hours in a school day. This is why we need
homework. Homework gives us a chance to
practise what we have learned in class. It
also helps us to:
Share our learning with our parents
Become more independent in our learning
Move our learning on Share learning!
Research topics that interest us Get your
Use the facilities at our local library
Choose different ways to learn
How is our homework organised and what do we have to do? work on
We are encouraged to: you.
Read for pleasure every night and share a book with our parents
Learn to spell the words we need in our writing
Spend time learning and practising our times tables
Use our ICT skills to produce final drafts of writing
Finish off work from our lessons
Have a go at different challenges
Follow up learning from class and other groups we work in
Complete a project
More about projects
Every half term we choose a project which is linked to our main theme. We
can choose from a variety of activities e.g. model making, story writing,
biography, puppets, etc.
Our parents are an important part of this project; they can help in many ways,
including providing resources. If we do especially well we can earn
certificates and prizes. Sometimes our parents come in to look at the display
and talk about how they helped us.
How we can balance homework with our out of school activities?
As a guide we think that children in Year 3 and Year 4 should spend 20
minutes a night on homework and that Year 5 and Year 6 should spend at
least 30 minutes every night. We think homework should be balanced with
time for us to take part in activities and sport, e.g. Guides,
swimming, after school clubs and music lessons. At Organise your
Eldon we know the importance of regular exercise and
the need for some relaxation and we try to balance out
the time we spend watching TV and playing on computer
games. Some year groups have homework clubs at
lunchtime to help us. There is also an after school computer
club for children to improve their skills especially if they do not
have a computer at home.
How can our parents help?
to a slice of Our parents can encourage us to produce the highest
standard of homework we can.
They can write messages in our diaries (Year 5/6) to let
teachers know if we had any difficulty with the work.
Parents can talk to us about the homework and make
sure we know what to do.
Parents can make sure we have somewhere quiet to
work without distractions.
Parents can practise our spellings and times tables with
Parents can buy us the materials we need for projects
(our school shop stocks lots of pens, notebooks, etc).
Parents can explore recommended web sites with us.
How do we keep records of homework and how well children have
In every year group we have an organised system for recording the amount of
homework returned. If we don’t return homework regularly we may have to
stay in to complete it, our teachers may ring our parents or send a note home.
If we have problems with our homework we can ask for help.
Policy revised through consultation with school council February 2007
Why not visit
Library (you can get
help with homework
and find resources).
Helping yourself to a slice of
Organising your time
Making sure your effort counts!
Enjoying finding out
Working at home (which is just as
important as working at school)
Opening your mind to new ideas
Reading and feeding your brain
Keeping yourself busy learning
(instead of watching TV)