Homework

"Children who are supported at home do better at school
Parents are important partners in their children’s learning"

At Marner we are very committed to building strong home/school links. We know that education is most effective where there is a positive partnership between home and school. We hope that homework/learning at home will increase a child’s enjoyment of learning and his/her understanding. We know that it is crucial that we offer support to parents so that there is a better understanding of how learning can be further extended at home. In this policy homework refers to any work or activity which children are asked to do outside of lesson time, usually with parents or carers.

Through our policy we aim to:

  • Encourage a positive attitude to learning
  • Consolidate and extend learning experiences and raise attainment
  • Motivate learners
  • Provide opportunities for parents/carers, children and school to work in partnership
  • Ensure progression towards independence and individual responsibility preparing year 6 learners for secondary transfer

Teachers will undertake to:

  • Set homework which is varied, has a clear focus and takes into account the differing ability levels of the pupils in the class.
  • Make sure that homework extends and consolidates work that has been done in class and mainly focuses on the areas of literacy and numeracy.
  • Inform parents if children regularly fail to do their homework or if it is below the expected standard for that child.
  • Praise achievement and ensure that all homework is marked as soon as possible.

Parents will undertake to:

  • Encourage their child to do their homework regularly
  • Ensure that reading is carried out at home every night
  • Provide a reasonably quiet place in which children can do their homework
  • Engage with homework by asking their child to explain what work has been completed and what they have learnt
  • Encourage and praise their child when homework is done
  • Talk to the school if there are problems with homework

Children will undertake to:

  • Carry out homework tasks as directed by their teacher
  • Read every night at home
  • Explain homework tasks and what has been learnt to their parents

Progression

All children will be encouraged to undertake homework from Nursery to Year 6.

In the Early Years, information about current areas of learning will be clearly displayed so that learning can be followed up at home.

Early Years – Nursery

From entry into Nursery children will be encouraged to learn at home with their parents. Our Nursery children are encouraged to share books with an adult at home.

Early Years – Reception

Our Reception children are encouraged to read every night with an adult.

From their second term they may also complete a language or maths activity each week. The activities will consolidate basic skills that the children are learning in class and will enable children to share activities with parents and carers.

From year 1-6 information about current areas of learning will sent home every term so that learning can be followed up at home.

Years 1 and 2

Children are encouraged to read every night with an adult.

Language and maths activities are set every week. We ask parents and carers to work with and support their children with these activities.

Years 3 and 4

Children are encouraged to read at home every night. We ask that adults at home question them about their reading.

Language and maths activities will be set every week. We ask parents and carers to work with and support their children with these activities.

Years 5 and 6

Children are encouraged to read at home every night. This reading may be books (both fiction and non fiction) and/or newspapers. We ask that adults at home ask questions about their reading to check understanding.

Language, maths and science activities will be set every week. We ask that parents/carers encourage their children to work as independently as possible on the activities provided.

It is expected that, up to Year 4, parents will work with and support children with their homework. From Year 5 onwards, children will be expected to work more independently to prepare them for secondary education

All children have reading diaries which are used for recording books taken home and any dialogue with parents.

Homework diaries will be used for Years 5 and 6.

Homework clubs operate for children in KS1 and KS2, children need to sign up for these at the beginning of each term.

Useful equipment to have at home

Pens, pencils, ruler, colouring pencils, dictionary, thesaurus

Recommended time allocation for homework from the DfE

Years 1 and 2 – 1 hour per week

Years 3 and 4 – 1.5 hours per week

Years 5 and 6 – 30 minutes per day