Homework

Raddlebarn Primary School – homework policy

Aims ~   The aim of homework at Raddlebarn is:

  • to be a purposeful activity intended to reinforce and support the work undertaken in school
  • to enable skills to be practised
  • to support children to become independent learners
  • to share children’s learning with parents
  • to develop good work habits and self-discipline for the future

Homework is also seen as an important communication link between school and home.

What is Homework?

Homework should not be a chore, and we want the children to see it as an extension of their learning. There may be occasions when some tasks are more challenging or difficult than usual as homework plays a positive role in providing challenge and raising a child’s level of attainment. We also acknowledge the important role of play and free time in a child’s growth and development.

We see homework as encompassing a wide range of possibilities. The following list gives just a few examples:

  • reading with a parent
  • a family visit to a local museum
  • undertaking individual research for a project at the local library / on the internet.
  • learning number facts (addition or subtraction facts / times tables )
  • literacy activities, both written and verbal
  • being an active member of a sports club or youth organisation
  • going swimming

It can be seen from this list that homework can be a two way process. Teachers may ask for tasks to be done at home, but are delighted to learn about children’s success in other aspects of their lives and will seek to recognise this in school.

Children are expected to complete all homework set, to the best of their ability and return it to school by the completion date. Tasks set are appropriate to their age and ability.  Children who don’t complete homework may be asked to stay in at lunchtime to complete it.

The Role of Parents

We ask for support from Parents for the children’s homework tasks. This might include:

  • finding a good time and place for your children to do their homework.
  • discussing with your child what helps them to concentrate.
  • encouraging your child to ‘have a go’ on their own.
  • supporting your child if they are stuck.
  • being positive about homework tasks.
  • speaking to your child’s class teacher if you have any questions about homework.

Homework Tasks

These are shown in the table below:

Homework Plan – 2016/17

  Reading  Spelling Number bonds / Times Tables Homework Books Research Projects
  Every Day Given FridayReturn Wednesday   Given FridayReturn Wednesday Given over e.g. 3 week period
Nursery Reading
Reception Reading
Year 1 Reading Learning Words Number Bonds(+ and -) 1 per termGive guidanceOver eg 3 week periodDeadlines on sheet
Year 2 Reading Learning Words Number Bonds(+ and -)
Year 3 Reading Spelling Activity – Common Exception words or CGP Spelling book Times Tables(x and ÷)
Year 4 Reading Spelling Activity – Common Exception words or CGP Spelling book Times Tables(x and ÷)
Year 5 Reading Spelling Activity – Common Exception words or CGP Spelling book Times Tables(x and ÷) CGP Books – Grammar and Maths
Year 6 Reading Spelling Activity – Common Exception words or CGP Spelling book Times Tables(x and ÷) CGP Books – Grammar and Maths