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									    Bredon Hancock’s CE First School




                 Homework Policy



Written: April 2009
Reviewed: July 2011
                                     Homework Policy

Homework gives pupils the opportunity to practise at home the tasks done in class, and
helps them work towards improving important skills. It also encourages children to become
confident and independent in their learning, which will help throughout their time at school
and, later, in adult life. Homework activities are an important part of the home/school
partnership. All children are expected to take part in a variety of homework tasks to
enhance and support their work in class. The school recognises the value of children
exploring and developing their own interests outside of school and does not wish to restrict
this.

Homework policy Aims:
      To ensure consistency of approach throughout the school.
      To ensure progression towards independence and individual responsibility. To
       encourage children to improve their own organisation.
      To ensure parents/carers have a clear understanding about expectations for
       themselves and the pupils.
      To extend and support learning. To consolidate basic skills and knowledge.
      To provide opportunities for parents and pupils to work in partnership and enjoy
       learning experiences.

Time allocations
We must remember that they are young children and life out of school is not all homework.
Homework should be enjoyable. Parents can help create the right atmosphere by sharing an
interest in their work.

Pupils in YR, Y1 and Y2 would be expected to do about 1 hour per week.
Pupils in Y3 and Y4 would be expected to do about 1 ½ hours per week and pupils in Y5
about 30 minutes a day.

These are only guidelines based on Government’s recommended time allocation, as set out
in Homework: Guidelines for Primary Schools and Secondary Schools. Some weeks this may
be increased or decreased, but remember it is only helpful if the pupils are enjoying their
learning.

Homework will usually be set on a Thursday. Spelling tests usually take place on a Thursday.
Please read your child’s class letter (termly) regarding specific details relevant to your child.
Parents are free to either work with their children over the weekend or during the week.

Reception       10 minutes per night
                 Learning letter sounds, building word activities leading to a reading book
                   and listening to stories.
                 Talking with parents about numbers in everyday situations leading to
                   Number games towards the end of the year.
Year 1 and     15 minutes per night
Year 2          Reading books will be sent home regularly together with a Reading
                  Record. Parents are encouraged to listen to their child read and record
                  appropriate comments. This may include phonic cards and target words.
                Words to learn to spell, usually weekly, for parents to help their child
                  with.
                Maths activity/game each week reinforcing Key Stage 1 objectives, but
                  not always linked to that weeks learning.
                Very occasionally there may be additional homework that enhances a
                  topic or particular theme

Year 3 and   20 minutes per night
Year 4        Reading books and Reading Records will continue to be sent home
                 regularly. Parents are encouraged to comment on their child's reading
                 development. Children may begin to read independently at home.
              Weekly spelling tests will be given to pupils. Parents are encouraged to
                 help their child learn the spelling list. There may be an optional word
                 game set that is designed to support the learning of spellings that week.
              A piece of Literacy or Numeracy based homework. A Reading Log activity
                 may be set in place of Literacy homework on occasion.
              A Numeracy game each week reinforcing Key Stage 2 objectives.
              In the News- finding a news item of interest to verbally share with the
                 class in school will be set on a rota basis.
              Other homework may be set when appropriate eg. Topic based research
                 activities
Year 5           30 minutes per night
              Reading books and Reading Records will continue to be sent home
                 regularly. Parents are encouraged to comment on their child's reading
                 development. Children may begin to read independently at home.
              Weekly spelling tests will be given to pupils. Parents are encouraged to
                 help their child learn the spelling list. There may be an optional word
                 game set that is designed to support the learning of spellings that week.
              Numeracy game each week reinforcing Key Stage 2 objectives.
              Times tables weekly
              Topic or Numeracy or Literacy activity weekly.
              Research project supporting current topic.
             Year 5 homework is closely monitored through the use of homework diaries.
             Sanctions will be used where necessary to ensure homework is completed.
The homework given may alter at times during the year eg. during play rehearsals.

Supporting Homework
School will:
 Provide sessions where the school’s approach to Maths and English are discussed with
   parents.
 Provide links to useful websites on the schools website
Teachers will:
 Provide a range of homework tasks and activities to consolidate and extend learning in
   class.
 Ensure that the children have an opportunity to have a clear understanding of the tasks
   involved and a common understanding of the high expectations.
 Ensure that homework is appropriate according to ability.
 Inform parents of children's progress through reports and parents meetings; and of
   projects and topics to be studied through termly topic letters.
 Be available for parents to contact to discuss any concerns regarding homework set.

Parents can help to support children by:
 Providing somewhere peaceful for children to work without the distractions of television,
   other family members and pets.
 Provide a comfortable suitable place.
 Be actively involved in homework, particularly of younger children, providing
   encouragement and support to children when they require it.
 Support the school in explaining to children that homework is valued and aids learning.
 Encourage pupils and praise them when homework is completed.

Pupils are expected to:
 To do homework regularly.
 Take pride in presentation and content, acknowledging the high personal standard
   expected.
 Be organised so that necessary books and equipment are not left at school.
 Take responsibility for handing in the completed tasks on the agreed day (Thursday).




Homework Feedback
It is important that feedback is given to pupils as quickly as possible. This
is given in a number of ways:
 Immediately by parents or carers.
 Childs comment to teacher/class; eg. useful with younger children when they may talk
     about a Maths game they have played at home.
 Discussion in class where homework is a part of the class work.
 Through tests or spellings.
 Individual comments/marking from teachers.
 Pupils reviewing the work done in small groups.
 Pupils will often be rewarded through house points.

As with all school activity, parents are invited to discuss any queries with their child’s class
teacher.

								
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