The main emphasis of homework is to practice and extend skills on English and Mathematics. In addition to this we expect children to carry out research connected with ongoing work, solve problems and puzzles and carry out a range of activities designed to develop their independence.
Homework is given to all children in school with the volume and complexity increasing as the child grows older. Homework is also seen as a preparation for secondary school life. Parents are kept informed of the homework they should expect for their child.
We aim to ensure that homework does not become a chore for the children. With this in mind, an average amount of time per week is suggested in the outline below. (This conforms to the DFE Guidelines for homework)
Reception: 10 min per day
- Daily phonics work or reading (completion of reading diary by the parents)
- Letter and number formation
- Brining in items to support topic work
Years 1 and 2: 1 hour per week
- Numeracy work, eg number bonds
- Finding out about topics and brining in useful information and objects
Years 3 and 4: 1 hour 30 min per week
- Daily reading
- Phonics work
- Numeracy work, eg learning tables, solving problems
- Research to support and extend work carried out in class topics
Years 5 and 6: 2 hours 30 min per week
- Daily reading as appropriate
- Phonics work
- Reading in preparation for topics
- Preparing oral/ written presentations
- Numeracy and Literacy assignments
- Extended research to support class topics using a variety of sources
- Year 6 will have additional SAT practice tests during the year
If the homework is causing a problem, the children are encouraged to talk to their teacher about it rather than struggling adversely.