At Telferscot we believe homework is an important link between home and school. It supports and extends the curriculum and can raise children’s achievements.
The purpose of homework is to consolidate, reinforce and extend school learning and to develop a working partnership and dialogue between our school, parents and carers. It will also serve to encourage our pupils to learn independently and to develop confidence in their own skills and achievements. After consulting widely with parents and pupils, it was clear that there is a great deal of support from the community for us to continue giving homework, and our homework policy has been written in response those consultations and what the school considers to be best practice.
At Telferscot we aim to:
- Ensure that parents are clear about what their child is expected to do
- Ensure consistency of approach throughout the school
- Use homework as a tool to help continue to raise standards of attainment
- Improve the quality of the learning experience offered to pupils and to extend it beyond the classroom environment.
- Provide opportunities for parents, children and the school to work together in partnership in relation to children’s learning.
- Encourage pupils and their parents to share and enjoy learning experiences
- Reinforce work covered in class by providing further opportunities for individual learning
- To practice or consolidate basic skills and knowledge, especially in Numeracy and Literacy.
- Encourage children to develop the responsibility, confidence and self-discipline needed to study independently.
- To prepare Year 6 pupils for the transfer to secondary school.
Homework is an activity that should encourage home learning to occur. At no time should it become a stressful activity that impacts negatively on family relationships. If it is the case then the school should be made aware of this fact so that we can support the family. In the upper juniors there is an expectation that homework will be completed independently and with a degree of independent organisation.
Parents can help by:
- Supporting the school by ensuring that the child attempts the homework
- Providing a suitable space to complete homework tasks
- Encouraging and praising their child when homework is complete
- Becoming actively involved in supporting homework activities
- Communicating with the school when homework is tricky by writing in the homework book/diary
- Encouraging learning by using holidays and weekends to extend learning with visits, trips, research etc.
- Participating in family learning activities at school to model for their child the importance of home-school links
Homework Tasks and time allocation
The government recommends the following time allocations for homework activities:
Year 1 and 2 – 1 hour per week
Year 3 and 4 – 1.5 hours per week
Year 5 and 6 – 2 hours per week
At Telferscot we are encouraging the following homework schedule:
In Reception children should spend between 5-10 minutes each night being supported by a parent/carer with the following homework tasks:
- Reading or sharing a book that they enjoy
- Having a go with their words given by the teacher weekly
In the summer term, as part of the transition into Year 1, children have a weekly homework task which reinforces the work covered in class.
Overall we would like the children in Key Stage 1 (years 1 and 2) to spend about one hour over the week, with parental support, on the following homework tasks:
Year 1 children are expected to share a book with an adult each night for about 10 minutes, recording in the reading diary. In addition, there will be some number homework once a week, which will take approximately 15 minutes and a Spelling task.
Year 2 children are expected to share a book with an adult each night for about 10 minutes, recording in the reading diary. There will also be times tables practice, maths and a spelling homework task once a week.
Overall we would like the children in Lower Key Stage 2 (years 3 and 4) to spend about an hour and a half over the week, with some parental support. The children in Upper Key Stage 2 (years 5 and 6) are preparing for secondary school and there will be more homework. Overall we would like the children to spend about 2 hours a week on homework, mostly independently.
Key Stage 2 children should read at home independently or with an adult every night and record their progress in their reading diary. Children will be given some ‘prep’ work daily to either consolidate or apply what their have just learned or to prepare for the next day’s learning. This will always be a small task and children will be rewarded with house points for any ‘prep’ work they do. A spelling activity will be given to the children every Friday for them to practice their words ready for a test on the following Friday. A Mathematics task will be set for the children on the Mathletics website on Friday for those children with home internet access. For those children without home internet access, a paper version of the similar task will be given. One additional homework task will also be given to the children on Friday which could be based on consolidating English, Science or Topic skills. Both the Mathematics task and additional homework task should be completed for the following Monday.
- Staff will mark and acknowledge homework completed by the children. This will help give the process of setting and completing homework a high status and send out the message that homework is important. Marking is a way of keeping track of who is completing homework and also encouraging the reluctant home learner to complete expected tasks. Acknowledgement of homework may be done in a variety of forms some of which will not be written. Parents will be informed of any concerns about homework by the class teacher at parent conferences or on Monday Surgeries.
- Children will not be punished for homework that is incomplete but there will be times when the class teacher feels that it is appropriate to provide a time and space for assignments to be completed. This could include getting a child to miss a break or part of a lunch play to complete a task. This is to encourage children to know that it is important to complete homework – and will serve as a support to parents.
- Homework will not be given when parents choose to take holidays during term time. If a child is absent for a period of time due to illness then the teacher will agree with the parent what should be done to ensure that the child is not disadvantaged in any way. We do discourage parents from taking holidays during term time.
- Homework will usually be completed in a separate homework book. In addition, Infant children will have a reading diary that should be filled in nightly. Junior children will have a homework diary which can also be used to record reading in. The reading diary or homework diary will serve as a home-school communication book. Parents are asked to check homework and sign the diaries every week – teachers will also do this in school.
Family learning in action at Construction Day.