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Homework

 

Written parental feedback on our Homework Policy in 2016 was 100% positive about the homework arrangements at Holton le Clay Schools.

Please find shown below our Homework Policy. We have outlined the general types and frequency of homework your child should be receiving on a regular basis. It is quite difficult to ensure every child has the correct amount and the Government does not state how much homework a child should receive - noting only that the amount is 'reasonable'. Please speak to your child's class teacher if you have any queries.

Homework at Holton-le-Clay Schools

We believe homework consolidates and reinforces skills and understanding in numeracy, literacy and other curriculum areas, helps raise the level of achievement of individual pupils, provides opportunities for parents and children to work together and, thereby, fostering an effective partnership between home and school.

We value the support of parents/carers and we believe that this policy will be successful if there is a strong partnership between home and school which is reflected in the Home-School Agreement.

We recognise that all children need leisure time and hope that our policy reflects a balance so children can extend and consolidate their learning with parental support while still allowing ‘down time.’

Homework at the Infant School will mainly consist of activities that can be done at home and will allow parents to work with their child, without the need for written/recorded evidence to be handed in at school.  We understand that many children and parents like to present written work after the week and if this is the case this homework will be accepted and examined by the class teacher.  On many occasions the children will be allowed to ‘share’ their homework with the class.  The school does ask that the parents fill in the reading record so that there is an accurate record of reading done at home.

 

Foundation

Homework in Foundation will include a selection of the following:

·         Reading with an adult as much as possible.

·         Weekly Phonics sheets.

·         Weekly learning Action Words.

·         Possible Maths discussions.

·         There may be some homework regarding any projects that might be taking place in Foundation.

Year 1

Homework in year 1 will include a selection of the following:

·         Reading with an adult as much as possible.

·         Homework (Topic / English / Maths) each week which should take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

·         Spellings / phonics / action words

Year 2

Homework in year 2 will include a selection of the following:

·         Reading with an adult as much as possible.

·         Maths activities based on the work done during the week.

·         Spelling homework based on the phase phonics or action words.

·         An English activity.

·         Some homework may be connected to the topic for that term.

Year 3/4 Homework

  • Reading with an adult, or independently, daily if possible but at least three times a week. This can include a Bug Club book. Reading needs to be recorded in the home-school diary.
  • Learning times-tables for at least 5 minutes a day; at least 3 times a week.  Children will be tested once a week (refer to the child’s diary for current times-table).
  • A spelling activity from the school spelling scheme, where appropriate.
  • A Maths based activity (worksheet/game/online activity)
  • Questions/activity based on current Science/topic/English when appropriate.

Year 5

Each week all children will be asked to:

  • Read their reading book or Bug Club book and note the page numbers and any comments in their diary at least three times a week. Where possible, one of these should be done with an adult.
  • Practise their times-tables and other basic number skills as often as possible to help with instant recall.
  • Practise their spellings every week night and at least once over the weekend for five minutes a time.
  • Vocabulary extension work – finding out the meaning of words used in school or found in own reading.

Other Home-learning may include:

  • A maths activity either on paper or on-line.
  • Research activities based around other subjects such as History or Science. These may occasionally involve extended pieces of work.
  • Bug Club grammar and spelling games.

Year 6

Homework– approximately two and a half hours homework a week to include:

  • 15 minutes reading 3 times a week minimum
  • Maths twice a week as appropriate
  • All children should be practising tables up to 12 x 12 regularly
  • Practise your spellings for five minutes at least 3 times during the week.
  • Literacy/topic/science work where relevant to class work
  • One Bug Club grammar game and one Bug Club spelling game where relevant to class work.
  • In year six we are also preparing children for year seven and therefore for any homework not completed on time (this includes reading), an extra piece will be given to be returned the next day.
  • Please see reading notes on page 8 of home-school diary as a guide to supporting your child with their reading. Discussion and questioning with an adult aids comprehension skills which are needed for SATS tests.  It is, therefore, helpful if parents can spend time reading with their child, questioning their child and reading to their child (they are never too old to be read challenging stories!)

 

The Governing Body has:

  • delegated powers and responsibilities to the Policies Committee and to the Headteacher to oversee the development of this policy;
  • responsibility for the effective implementation, monitoring and evaluation of this policy

 

Role of the Headteacher

The Headteacher will:

  • promote this policy by raising its status and importance;
  • ensure that homework is built into teachers planning;
  • provide supportive guidance for parents;
  • keep up to date with new developments with regard to homework;
  • monitor and evaluate this policy

 

Role of the Teacher

Teachers must:

  • integrate homework into their planning;
  • set interesting tasks or activities;
  • set homework appropriate to each child;
  • explain when, what and how the work is to be done so that each

 

Role of Parents/Carers

Parents/carers are asked to:

  • sign the Home-School Agreement indicating their support for homework;
  • praise the value of homework to their children;
  • provide a suitable space in their home where their children can concentrate on their homework;
  • establish a homework routine;
  • provide materials pens, pencils etc.;
  • go through the homework before their child starts and discuss the completed work when finished;
  • make the experience pleasurable;
  • find time to work with their child or be at hand if a problem arises; discuss, encourage and praise their child’s efforts;
  • contact the school if they are not sure of some aspect of the homework or if their child is experiencing difficulties in doing it;
  • contribute to school evaluation so the school can monitor and evaluate its effectiveness

 

Role of Children

Children are asked to:

  • have a go at all the homework and complete as much as they can;
  • listen carefully in class to make sure they understand what is asked of them;

 

Types of Homework

All homework tasks and activities are designed to consolidate and reinforce skills and understanding in numeracy and literacy and enhance cross curricular teaching.

 

Feedback

All children receive feedback on their homework in a variety of forms such as:

  • verbal
  • written
  • class discussion or class sharing
  • praise and recognition

 

Parents are asked to:

  • give teachers any feedback they feel might be useful;
  • encourage their children to talk about the feedback they have received;
  • contact the school if they have any concerns

 

Monitoring the Effectiveness of the Policy

The effectiveness of this policy will be reviewed annually or when the need arises, and the necessary recommendations for improvement will be made to the governors.

 

Headteacher:

Dawne Hunt

Date: October 2016

Chair of Governing Body: Jim Allen

Review Cycle

Bi-annually

Last reviewed and approved on

New

Compiled by:

Revision No.

Submitted to staff on:

 

Reviewed by Standards Committee

Reviewed on: 17th October 2016

Approved by Holton le Clay Schools Full Governing Body

Approved on: