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Homework

Homework is set in all year groups from Nursery to Year 6. The amount of time recommended to be spent on homework and reading each week will increase in line with the age of the child. Class teachers are always happy to answer any questions about homework tasks or offer extra support. The table below outlines the homework expectations in each year group.

Homework in EYFS

In the Reception year, we will offer parents ideas and practical activities to do at home with their children to support the learning that is taking place. This will include practising the letter sounds that have been taught during the week and consolidating the mathematical learning that has taken place. We may also direct parents to websites or videos to look at with their children. We hope that by making this a time that children can spend with their parents/carers engaging in fun activities together, it will be enjoyable for both to take part in. We will welcome any feedback from parents and children about what they have done via Class Dojo. We expect parents to share an individual reading book with their children. Individual reading books will be read and changed at school once a week by the teacher or key person. In Nursery, a termly topic card is sent home to advise parents of the broad focus for the term and ideas are suggested for reading and maths activities to do at home with their children.

 

Compulsory Homework Tasks (Years 1-6)

Maths homework

Workbooks

Each child will be provided with a targeted workbook at the start of each year and the pages to be completed will be set each week by the class teacher. Children will be given a week to complete the homework and every Friday a lesson will be dedicated to work through the set pages together so that any misconceptions can be combated through guided teaching to support each child’s academic progress within maths. Children who do not complete their weekly maths activities may attend Homework Club to allow them time to access this learning whilst at school.

All children will be provided with a book at the start of the year, however, if a workbook is mislaid, it is the responsibility of the parent/ carer to replace this. Click here to access the website.

 

Times Tables Rock Stars online platform

As part of our homework for maths, we expect children from Year 2 to Year 6 to use Times Tables Rock Stars a minimum of three times throughout the week. This is designed to improve rapid recall of the multiplication tables.

 

Reading

Daily reading is expected as part of homework – the amount of time spent reading varies and should increase with the age of the child.  Reading will be monitored by the class teacher with weekly reading record checks (class teachers will communicate the day to be checked via the Class Dojo) – but it is expected that reading records are brought to school every day, as they contain logins and passwords for our online platforms, such as Spelling Shed.

 

Spelling homework

Spellings for Reception to Year 6 will be set each week through our online platform – Spelling Shed. Words are set each week in line with the curriculum teaching of spellings. Children who do not complete their Spelling Shed homework may attend Homework Club to allow them time to access this learning whilst at school.

 

Grammar homework (Year 5 and Year 6)

Similarly to maths, each child in Year 5 and Year 6 will be sent home with a grammar workbook to be completed by the Friday of the following week. Again, children will be given a week to complete the homework and every Friday a lesson will be dedicated to work through the set pages together so that any misconceptions can be combated through guided teaching to support each child’s academic progress within English. Children who do not complete their weekly grammar activities may attend Homework Club to allow them time to access this learning whilst at school.

All children will be provided with a book at the start of the year, however, if a workbook is mislaid, it is the responsibility of the parent/ carer to replace this. Click here to access the website.

 

Optional Homework Tasks (Years 1-6)

 

Writing homework

Each child from Year 1 to Year 6 will have access to an optional, non-compulsory writing activity each half term. This will be included in the homework project document sent out in the first week of a new half term, please see a Year 5 example of this below. A list of National Curriculum objectives to be covered during the half term will be included with this activity and, where appropriate, guidance provided to allow you to support your child at home. This is an opportunity to work alongside your child, hearing what they have been learning at school and seeing it in practice. Once this has been completed, please send the writing into school so that it can be marked and shared with the class as a celebration.

 

Homework Project

Each child from Nursery to Year 6 will have access to an optional, non-compulsory topic-based project, each half term. This will be based on what the children are learning in class and will help them to extend their knowledge of the subject. Projects will be due in the week before the end of term to be showcased within the class, to other classes or shared with children from younger year groups.