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Homework

We believe homework has a role to play in the development of our students but it needs to remain engaging, meaningful, relevant and ‘fit for purpose’.

We set homework to support the consolidation and embedding of key skills, with an acute awareness of the age and stage of the child.

  1. Our homework policy at the Primary Campus has five clear aims:
  2. To reinforce key skills (e.g. reading and number work)
  3. To share learning between school and home thus engaging parents in the learning process (e.g. research, ‘talk’ homework and projects)
  4. To encourage independent practice (e.g. spelling patterns)
  5. To introduce study skills (e.g. graphic organisers)
  6. To develop greater independence and time-management

We set homework that is effective in achieving these aims and we keep weekends “homework free”. On some occasions we may set homework through our Virtual Learning Platform. Following an extensive review of leading educational research globally, we recognise the value of ‘talk’ homework and consequently have increased our commitment to this.

Homework Guidelines by Year Group

Each child is provided with a Homework Diary and Organiser to help them develop an organised approach to homework. Children are expected to list homework in their diaries and parents are encouraged to monitor and comment. The guidelines by year group are summarised below.

Pre-School & Reception (ages 3 to 5)

Reading, ‘talk’ tasks and spelling - 15 minutes daily, with weekly Maths activities.

Year 1 and Year 2 (ages 5 to 7)

  • Reading - 15 minutes daily
  • Spelling - 5 minutes daily
  • ‘Talk’ tasks - 20 minutes per week
  • Number bonds, counting, times tables - 10 minutes daily

Topic homework will be set to support classwork when appropriate and extension opportunities are available. 

Year 3 and Year 4 (ages 7 to 9)

  • Reading - 15 minutes daily
  • Spelling - 5 minutes daily
  • ‘Talk’ tasks - 15 minutes weekly
  • Grammar or spelling activity - 20 minutes weekly
  • Times tables - 10 minutes daily
  • A paper or practical maths activity or game - 20 minutes weekly
  • Modern Languages vocabulary reinforcement - 15 - 20 minutes weekly

Topic homework will be set to support classwork when appropriate and extension opportunities are available.

Year 5 and Year 6 (ages 9 to 11)

  • Reading - 20 minutes daily
  • Spelling - 5 minutes daily
  • ‘Talk’ tasks - 15 minutes weekly
  • Grammar or spelling activity - 20 minutes weekly
  • Times tables - 10 minutes daily
  • A question paper or practical maths activity or game - 30 minutes weekly
  • Modern Languages vocabulary reinforcement - 20 - 30 minutes weekly

Topic homework will be set to support classwork when appropriate including research tasks and projects and extension opportunities are available.

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