Homework

Home learning is a very important part of a child’s education and can add much to a child’s development. It is ‘an essential part of a good education’. We also see home learning as an important way of establishing a successful partnership between the school and parents. One of the aims is for children to develop as independent learners and we believe that home learning is one of the main ways in which children can acquire skills of independent learning.

We also acknowledge the important role of play and free time in a child’s growth and development. While home learning is important, it should not prevent children from taking part in the wide range of out-of-school clubs and organisations that play an important part in the lives of many children. We are well aware that children spend more time at home than at school, and we believe that they develop their skills, interests and talents to the full only when parents encourage them to make maximum use of the experiences and opportunities that are available outside school.

At Long Mead, every class teacher will give a presentation and written synopsis to parents within a few weeks of the start of the academic year, to explain the work to be covered, what is expected from the children and the approach to home learning. This is an important part of the communication process, giving parents the opportunity to ask questions about any aspect of class activity.
 
Teachers may feel that this is an appropriate opportunity to offer advice or hints on how parents can help their children to learn spellings and tables.

EYFS/KS1                 KS2           
Homework to be given out every Wednesday.   Homework to be given out every Thursday.

Reading books will be changed every Monday,

Wednesday and Friday. Books will only be 

changed once a comment has been made. 

   

Spellings to be given out each Thursday. 

Children will be tested in these spellings the 

following Thursday. 

   

 

 

 
The following shows what home learning is expected, in general terms, across the school;
 
Year R Daily reading (child reading to parent and parent reading to child), repeating nursery rhymes, counting rhymes, maths games, reinforcing letter formation and sounds, reading key words, sharing library  books.

Years 1 and 2 Daily reading (child reading to parent and parent reading to child), repeating nursery rhymes, counting rhymes, mathematics activities e.g. number bonds, tables to learn; simple research, e.g. family history

Years 3 and 4 Daily reading recorded in reading record book, tables to learn, weekly tasks numeracy, occasionally supplemented or replaced by a science or topic activity 

Years 5 and 6 Reading daily, learning tables, weekly tasks on a given literacy or numeracy activity, occasionally supplemented by a science or topic activity

 

Years 1 to 6 Spelling investigation according to child’s individual ability

 

 
There will be an expectation that children in Year 5 and 6 will spend longer in home learning activities in preparation for Secondary school. This should not exceed 1 hour total per evening. We also encourage reading for enjoyment.
 
Because of the depth of work covered in these year groups, children may on occasions be expected to complete a piece of extended writing on a given subject. We ask children to study a topic or research a particular subject and we encourage them to use the school and local library and the internet. 
 
There may be times when some children will be asked to complete work begun in class, to ensure that they maintain optimum progress. Any child not completing work to the expectation of the teacher may be asked to finish their work at home. Time spent on this should not exceed 30 minutes.

 

The role of parents/carers
 
Parents/carers have a vital role to play in their child’s education, and home learning is an important part of this process. We ask parents to encourage their children to complete home learning tasks that are set. We invite them to help their children as they feel necessary and provide them with a suitable environment that allows children to do their best. Parents/carers can support their child by providing a good working space at home, by enabling their child to visit the library regularly, by discussing the work that their child is doing and by providing equipment such as: pencils, scissors, glue stick, ruler, crayons, book bag, paper.
 
Parents/carers are expected to ensure that home learning is completed regularly. The teacher should be informed if there is a valid reason why home learning could not be completed. In Key Stage 1, teachers will contact parents if they have concerns about home learning, and in Key Stage 2, parents will be informed by letter if two consecutive week’s home learning has not been completed.