Athelstaneford Primary School
HOMEWORK (‘Learning out of school’) GUIDELINES
The Purpose of Homework
Athelstaneford Primary School recognises that there are several purposes of Homework. Among
allowing practice and consolidation of the learning that takes place in school
providing opportunities for individual work
training for pupils in planning and organising time
developing good habits and self discipline
encouraging ownership and responsibility for learning
providing information to parents
providing opportunities for parental co-operation and support
creating channels for home/school dialogue and continuing partnerships
Practice of Skills
Homework can give children extra practice, as required, in skills learned at school e.g. reading,
writing, spelling and number. The extra practice can increase the children’s speed and
confidence and helps them to remember what they have been taught.
Children can be asked to prepare a piece of work at home for presentation and discussion in
class. This could be in the form of a written or oral presentation.
Collecting Information and/or Material
Sometimes children may be asked to collect information and/or materials from home e.g. in
connection with their Social Studies topic. This is useful to both teacher and child as it can then
be incorporated into classroom activities as part of the children’s contribution to the topic.
Development of Good Work Habits
The more that children can be encouraged to take responsibility and pride in their own learning,
the better they will cope with school and later life. Homework can significantly contribute to
At Athelstaneford Primary School we make no apologies for “Learning to Read and Reading to
Learn” being the mainstays of our Homework Activities.
All through Primary School and into Secondary reading plays an integral part in children’s
It is very important to note that reading is a continuous learning activity. Even although your
child may have become an independent reader, it is still extremely important to read to, and
talk with your child about what they are reading, asking them questions and encouraging them to
ask questions about the text and its meaning.
The recommended daily reading time with your child is 30 minutes without coercion.
This includes reading to your child, reading with your child or listening to your child reading on a
daily basis if possible.
We are recommending that up to five hours, spread over a week, dependant on the age and
needs of individual children, be spent on formal home/school activities.
It should also be noted that other activities such as play, sports, musical activities and personal
interests are important for the all round development of each child. All these activities will
enhance each child’s progress and should be actively encouraged.
Please note that the smallest amount of time spent, e.g. 5 minutes learning with your child can
be as valuable as 5 hours, dependant upon your child’s personality and the enjoyment of the
shared experience. We all learn in different ways.
Monitoring of Homework
Each class teacher will give you and your child more information regarding homework tasks and
every child will have either a homework diary or jotter. At Athelstaneford we believe strongly
in the importance of the partnership between school and parents and carers and if either the
teacher or yourself wishes to make a written comment about your child’s homework please do so
in their diary or jotter.
The following is offered as a summary of how you can help make homework more rewarding for
your children: (These are also in the front of your child’s homework diary)
Remember - it is THEIR homework. Support and encouragement, however, are
Choose a suitable time - not first thing in the morning or last thing at night.
Choose a suitable place with an atmosphere of peace and quiet.
Should tensions arise between parent and child over homework, please seek advice
from the school.
Contact the school for any further advice or concerns.
On a weekly basis we aim to provide as a minimum:
Set reading tasks (the amount will vary depending upon age and stage of reading
One piece of maths homework (this may include problem solving)
Spelling Activities (at least once a week)
One other activity (this may be linked to their Social Studies Topic, Science, RME, class
talk, longer term assignments)
10 May 2010