Homework Policy 2016-17
1.1 Homework is anything children do outside the normal school day that contributes to their learning, in response to guidance from the school. Homework encompasses a whole variety of activities to support a child’s learning. For example, parents who spend time reading stories to their children before bedtime are helping with homework.
2. Rationale for homework
2.1 Homework is a very important part of a child’s education, and can add much to a child’s development. The government made clear its commitment to homework in the 1997 White Paper ‘Excellence in Schools’, in which homework was described as ‘an essential part of good education’.
2.2 Homework plays a positive role in raising a child’s level of attainment. While homework is important, it should not prevent children from taking part in the activities of various out-of-school clubs and of other organisations that play an important part in the lives of our pupils. We run a variety of clubs and would expect all of our children to access these from time to time.
3.1 The aims of homework are:
• to enable pupils to make maximum progress in their academic and social development;
• to help pupils develop the skills of an independent learner;
• to promote cooperation between home and school in supporting each child’s learning
• to consolidate and reinforce the learning done in school, and to allow children to practice skills taught in lessons;
• to help children develop good work habits for the future.
4. Types of homework
4.1 Staff and pupils regard homework as an integral part of the curriculum – it is planned and prepared alongside all other programmes of learning.
4.2 We set a variety of homework activities.
In the Foundation Stage and at Key Stage 1:
• books to take home and read with an adult.
• learn spellings
• learn multiplication tables
• talk about a topic at home prior to studying it in school
• find and collect things that we then use in lessons
• study a topic, or to research a particular subject,
• use the local library, as well as the Internet and CD-ROMs etc.
4.3 At Key Stage 2:
• Multiplication tables/ rapid recall
• Reading (including accelerated reader) – books must go home daily and be returned to school daily. Books must be changed as often as possible each week.
• literacy and maths to consolidate and reinforce the learning done in school through practice at home.
• revision for examinations
• attendance at extra-curricular activities as appropriate
Brain builder activities have been implemented throughout the school. This approach allows children a choice of what work to do at home, and encourages them to be as creative as possible. Children are given a week to complete the tasks. Pupils have the freedom of completing the work at a time most convenient to the family.
Children are given a topic web, showing some of the objectives they have been learning throughout the week. The children are given a compulsory maths objective that must be completed allowing them to choose one or two other options, dependant on their age. Children will then need to show that they have understood this part of their learning by producing a piece of work.
The class teacher will set homework that is appropriate to the age of the child. It is vital that parents/carers are involved in this work with their child, for it to succeed.
5. Marking of homework
Homework completed well is acknowledged and praised in class though the teacher may not always mark it physically. There may be issues arising from the work, which the teacher will follow up in lesson time. Brain Builder activities will be shared in class with peers and the teacher will discuss the outcome of each task with individual children. As well as marking with a code teachers may use stamps or stickers to acknowledge that they have discussed and graded the work.
6. Amount of homework
6.1 We increase the amount of homework that we give the children throughout the school. We expect children in Key Stage 1 to spend approximately 1 – 1 ½ hour a week doing homework, although this may well include reading with a parent. We expect children in Years 3 and 4 to spend approximately 20 minutes per night on homework, and children in Years 5 and 6 to spend approximately 30 minutes per night. This is in line with the DfES guidelines that were issued in 1998.
6.2 We give all our pupils in KS2 a diary in which the homework is recorded, either by them, or by the teacher, or other adult working in school), and in which parents and teachers make any relevant comments.
6.3 If pupils are absent from school for a prolonged period of time, parents are encouraged to discuss the option of additional homework with their child’s teacher. Extra homework activities will be set if it is thought to be of benefit to the child. At times when children are taken out of school for extra holidays, additional homework (nor classwork) will not be set to cover the time they have missed in school.
7. Inclusion and homework
7.1 We set homework for all children as a normal part of school life and endeavour to adapt tasks so that all children can contribute in a positive way. When setting homework for pupils named on the special educational needs register, we refer to their Individual Education Plans (IEPs).
8. The role of parents
8.2 We expect parents to encourage their child to complete the homework tasks that are set. We invite them to help their children as and when they feel it is necessary.
8.3 At the start of the academic year parents will be invited to a welcome meeting hosted by the staff working within their child’s current year group. Homework expectations will be outlined.
8.4 If parents have any questions or concerns about homework, they should, in the first instance, contact the child’s class teacher.
9. Monitoring and review
9.1 The Governing Body monitor the implementation of the homework policy through the Head Teacher’s termly report and parent feedback. Please use our website to assist us in this aspect of our self-evaluation.