Homework is an important area of our philosophy, it links our children's learning at school with their learning at home and it strengthens the partnership between school and family. In response to feedback from all our stakeholder groups, including parents, teacher and pupils, we introduced some adjustments to the homework system from September 2017:
A reduction of weekend homework to support daily practice of reading and times tables and individualised homework tasks to support specific areas.
A more consistent approach to homework being collated, where possible, in books so that feedback can be shared with the pupils and parents and used to support learning.
A continuation of Maths, Topic/Reading, Comprehension and Spellings/Phonics weekday homework systems as directed by the class teachers.
More time for tasks to be handed in to support family organisation.
Holiday homework tasks to be optional projects – these are not be formally marked but they will be shared as a celebration/Show and Tell if a child wishes to do so. We do appreciate that although many parents feel holiday homework is a burden on home/life balance, others do value these projects and have followed parent's requests to support learning in these topic areas.
Homework is given to all children from Early Years to Year 6. We see homework as an extension or reinforcement of activities that the children are involved with at school. Class teachers may ask pupils to read (sharing a book with a parent), to learn tables or spellings. There may be a need to do some research relating to a topic, or there may be more formal homework.
We rely on all parents to support our Homework Policy and to share this time with their children. In the early years this may only be 10 minutes a night, but this should progress to at least thirty minutes each night by Year 6.
This link between home and school is so important. Please do let us know if you have any queries, but, most of all, please contact us with any thoughts or comments over your child's homework – we are always keen to expand the two-way communication process.