Westward School

Homework Policy

What are the aims of this policy?

  • To ensure a consistent approach to homework throughout the school.
  • To ensure that teachers, parents and children have a clear understanding regarding homework expectations.
  • To ensure that teachers, parents and children are fully aware of the role they play with regard to homework.

What is the purpose of homework?

  • To consolidate, reinforce and extend skills.
  • To provide opportunities for parents and children to work together.
  • To enable parents to gain an understanding of what their child is learning at school.
  • To allow children to progress towards becoming more independent learners.

What is the role of the school?

  • To provide parents with a clear homework policy.
  • To ensure the policy is followed consistently.
  • To provide information for parents.
  • To inform parents if there is a continuing problem with their child’s homework.

What is the role of the teacher?

  • To plan and set a programme of homework that is appropriate to the needs of the child.
  • To mark and provide feedback.
  • When necessary, to talk to parents and pupils about homework.
  • To inform a parent if their child’s homework is not satisfactory.

What is the role of the parent?

  • To support the child in completing the homework.
  • To ensure the child hands their homework in at the specified time.
  • To provide the appropriate conditions to do their homework.

What is the role of the child?

  • To ensure they have everything they need.
  • To ask the teacher if they don’t fully understand what is expected of them.
  • To put in the same level of effort as they do in class.
  • To hand the homework in on time.
  • To take on board any feedback.

 

Holiday Homework

There will be no holiday homework set except reading, ESB or Lamda preparation during half term and end of term breaks.

 

The only exception will be the Year 5 to Year 6 exam preparation homework. This will remain the same from the Summer holidays until the exams are finished.

 

Everyone needs a break and children need time to unwind without the pressure of homework. Children need space to develop their creativity and have some downtime and that is what holidays are for. However, it is important to encourage children to read for pleasure.

A good break spent with family and friends is needed to recharge everyone’s batteries. Rest, relax and do the things they enjoy.

 

If you would like your child to keep their skills sharp during the holidays then there are lots of age appropriate revision books available from local book stores or online. The children may also like to access their Purple Mash accounts from home through which they can explore online games and activities covering the whole curriculum.

 

HOMEWORK IN THE EARLY YEARS

How much time should be spent on homework?

Reception – Homework is given once a week to be completed over the weekend

Learning together is the main emphasis in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).The activities are Literacy based with the focus on learning together. Maths activities are set every week to support children’s mathematical development and to contribute to the EYFS ‘Parents as Partners’ requirement. It is an ideal time to lay the foundations for work at home.

 

What type of work will my child receive?  

 

READING

Parents will be informed of the phonemes and high frequency vocabulary that the children are learning at school. Starting in the autumn term and continuing throughout the year, the main emphasis is on reading at home. This should be done in two ways:

  • Adults reading to children

Parents are encouraged to share books from their own homes, the school library and other library facilities. They are also encouraged to share reading in the environment outside school i.e. signs and captions in the street. Discussion of the books content is essential.

  • Children reading to an adult

When they are ready to, the children will start bringing home simple books to ‘read’ to an adult. Again, encouraging a child to point to the words as they are being read is important. Discussing the story and the characters will help with a child’s understanding of language.

 

TRICKY WORDS

Children learn to read tricky words as part of ‘Letters and Sounds’. Once the child has been exposed to these words in each phase, the parents will be informed in the newsletter of the words.  Regular practise of these, looking out for them in reading books and playing games will really benefit the child. For some children it will be useful to practise writing these as well. Particularly beneficial is regular practise during the summer holiday before moving on to Year 1.

 

LETTER FORMATION

At Westward the children are taught the Kingston Cursive script. In the child’s first term in Reception, the teacher will provide parents with a sheet to support letter formation. This shows when to start and finish the letter. Giving the child plenty of opportunity to practise letter formation and to develop drawing skills is essential. It is important to watch and correct any mistakes sensitively so the child does not adopt bad habits.  

 

HOMEWORK IN THE LOWER SCHOOL

How much time should be spent on homework?

Years 1 & 2 – 20 minutes a day

What type of work will my child get?

 

YEAR 1 & 2

The aim of the homework is to reinforce prior learning.

  • Reading
  • Literacy sheets
  • Numeracy sheets
  • Spelling
  • Tables
  • Topic work / Research

 

READING

Reading on a regular basis is vital. The role of the adult is to listen and support. It is important to remind the child to use different strategies when encountering new words; sounding out the word, looking at the pictures and looking for words within words are ways in which a child can decode. Just as important is discussing the book to check for understanding.

 

KEY WORDS

Children will have regular phonics lessons which will include ways to build up a secure sight vocabulary. It is vital to build up a bank of these words so a child can not only recognise them but be able to spell them as well. Parents can help children to learn these by practising them regularly.

 

NUMERACY

Children will receive set work in Numeracy. There are important skills that should be put in place by the time they are ready to move to the Upper School. Parents can provide support by giving opportunities to practise these skills. Teachers will offer guidance by sending home appropriate homework assignment.

 

HOMEWORK IN THE UPPER SCHOOL

How much time should be spent on homework?

Year 3 – 30 minutes a day

Year 4 – 45 minutes a day

Year 5 - 1 hour a day

Year 6 – September to January 1 hour a day (2 subjects)

              February to July 30 minutes a day (1 subject)

Children should not work for longer than the stated time as this can be self-defeating. If homework is unfinished the parent/carer should sign at the end of the unfinished piece.

 

Homework organisation

Every child in the upper school is issued with a strong homework book bag. Attached is a small plastic folder containing the weekly homework grid, detailing the homework assignments for the week.

The homework bag should be returned daily. Each child is responsible for their bag and a parent will be billed if it is lost or damaged.  

 

What type of work will my child receive?

Homework assignments are based on what the children have been learning in class. Often the homework will be less challenging than the work tackled in class as its aim is to reinforce the supported learning of the classroom. By Year 5 the majority of pupils should be capable of completing their homework independently.

  • Maths
  • English
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Non Verbal Reasoning
  • Reading
  • Topic work

 

Example Homework Grid - Year 6 Homework Grid   - Week Beginning: _____________

DAY

MATHS

ENGLISH

OTHER

MONDAY

Non-Verbal Unit 1

How many fit inside?

Making Decimals sheet

Technical English

Ex 86, 87 and 88

TUESDAY

Place Value Sheets



Creative Writing

Jack and Jill

(Journalistic piece)

WEDNESDAY

Long X - Collins Book 5

Page 5 (C) and (D)

Page 6 (G) Top line only

Comprehension

Fire, Bed and Bone

Spelling Revision

Year 6 Creative Writing

Workshop a.m

THURSDAY



Multiplying Decimals Robson 1

Section B

Spelling List for Test

VR Practice Book

Page 2 – 1 to 12

XCEL

 

FRIDAY

Probability sheets

Synonyms/Antonyms

Page 24

1-12

 

Last Updated: October 2017