Pilling St John’s CE Primary School
St John’s CE Primary School supports the development of independent learning by encouraging and extending learning beyond the classroom and curriculum timetable.
It is our aim to provide relevant homework tasks which will consolidate, reinforce, and extend skills and understanding, particularly in numeracy, literacy and science.
We value, support and welcome active cooperation between home and school.
Through this homework policy we aim to:
- ensure consistency of approach through the school
- ensure progression towards independence and individual responsibility
- ensure parents have a clear understanding about expectations from themselves and their children
- extend and support the learning experience through reinforcement and revision
- to provide opportunities for parents, pupils and school to work together in partnership
- encourage children to develop long term strategies for organising their time/tasks
- Prepare pupils for transfer to high school at the end of KS2.
- To devise a continuous, progressive homework framework throughout the school
- To implement a framework which is appropriate to the age and needs of the children
- to communicate to parents the homework framework for their child/ren
to provide homework activities which enhance the daily/weekly/termly curriculum
- to encourage participation by parents in their child’s homework by either providing support or overseeing the task
- To develop the routine of allotting time to homework activities.
THE NATURE OF HOMEWORK
We recognise that the time allocated for homework activities and the scope of activities set will change as children get older and progress through school.
At Foundation Stage and KS1 (YR, Y1 and Y2) the key purpose is to actively encourage a partnership with parents through short activities which will include reading, learning letters, words, spellings, handwriting and maths work.
Interaction between pupil and parent will also develop speaking and listening skills.
In KS2 (Y3,Y4,Y5) the main purpose is to encourage independent learning which is developed through a gradual increase in type, content and time spent on activities. By the end of KS2 the homework programme will include a wide range of literacy and numeracy tasks as well as other curriculum content, including revision tasks in the Spring and Summer terms for Year 6 pupils.
TIME AND FRAMEWORK
Foundation 1, hour per week
Key Stage 1, 1 hour per week
Lower Stage 2, 1.5 hours per week
Upper Key Stage 2, 2.5 hours per week
Homework will be regular in order to establish a familiar routine with a suggested time. Please refer to your class webpage for further details.
WEEKLY HOMEWORK MAY INCLUDE
Reading 10 minutes per night
Teacher task 20 minutes, (handwriting, book review,
pictures etc) once per week.
Key Stage 1
Reading 15 minutes per night
Teacher task (spelling, number work and other literacy work) up to 1 hour per week.
Reading 20 minutes per night.
Teacher tasks (spelling, numeracy, writing, science and other subjects) up to 1.5 hours per week.
Reading 20 minutes per night.
Teacher tasks (spelling, numeracy, writing, science and other subjects) up to 2.5 hours per week.
KS1 Teacher task for English will include such activities as learning letter sounds/names, words, handwriting practice.
Also reading with an adult or other person as a paired reading activity, can be enjoyable and most beneficial to the child.
Maths will include activities such as ordering, matching, pattern, number bonds, multiplication tables, problem solving relating to real life problems.
KS2 – English will include such activities as reading, spelling, finding out information, reading in preparation for lessons and traditional written assignments.
Maths will include a range of numeracy activities and learning multiplication tables.
Homework for other subjects will focus on current learning and will be at the discretion of the teacher.
During the Spring and early part of the Summer term, Year 6 homework will largely consist of revision work for KS2 SATs.
All homework will reflect work undertaken during the school day/week and will therefore reinforce much of the learning and prepare children for future learning. Children experiencing specific difficulties in learning will be given work similar to other children but suitably differentiated, yet challenging.
Feedback on homework will be given as soon as possible through classwork and class tests or individual oral comments. Rewards can be given in the form of stickers or stampers. This will minimise the need for lengthy written comments. Some homework will be self marked.
ROLE OF THE PARENT
We encourage parents to value, support and praise their children in participating in homework activities. Parents will be advised of the homework framework at the beginning of each academic year and their commitment to ensure that homework is completed is identified in the ‘Home School
We would hope that the parent will guide, support and provide encouragement for homework activities. However, it is most important that the child actually undertakes the tasks, and practises the relevant skills, in order for the work to be beneficial and meaningful to them. In order for homework to become an integral part of learning it is important that all pupils carry out assignments so that teachers can give whole class feedback and the tasks set can be used during lesson time.
This policy is due for review in October 2018