School provides a regular pattern of ‘activities for home’ which relate to the lessons being experienced in school. These activities vary in nature but always have value, helping to consolidate or support the work in school.
• is a means of encouraging and developing independent study, self-motivation and discipline.
• is a means of consolidating and re-informing skills and understanding.
• can provide, particularly in literacy and numeracy, a vehicle for increasing the child's available "learning time".
• is a way of encouraging parental involvement and "partnership" in their child's school based learning.
• is a way of preparing Primary children for their Secondary experience.
Homework for KS1
RECEPTION: Children introduced to taking home books to read with Parents on a regular basis. Parents/carers are encouraged to seek opportunities in every day situations to develop their child socially and intellectually e.g. by playing games, taking turns, I spy, counting, singing rhymes, sharing books.
YEAR 1: As above and Word Lists. No more than one hour per week.
YEAR 2: As above (Target Pages for reading). Weekly spellings. Tables x 2 x 5 x 10. No more than one hour per week.
Homework for KS2
YEAR 3 & YEAR 4: Continuation of Reading, Spelling and Tables. Introduction of grammar task and/or number task. No more than one and a half hours per week.
YEAR 5 & YEAR 6: As above + the inclusion of independent topic work could be introduced.No more than two hours per week.
• In all the above, tasks such as Spellings will be differentiated according to the ability/stage of development of the child.
• Children should not be set homework they do not know how to do.
• Homework should generally provide the opportunity to reinforce or practise work already covered in class.
• All homework should be marked within two days and returned with positive, constructive comments and guidance as necessary.
• Homework should not involve too much "finishing off" written work carried out in class.
Role of Parents/Carers in Supporting Pupils:-
• Provide a reasonably peaceful, suitable place in which the child can do their homework, and pens, pencils etc., to complete the task.
• Make it clear to pupils that they value homework, and support the school in explaining how it can help their learning.
• Encourage pupils and praise them when they have completed their homework.
• Where possible become actively involved in the homework activities of the child.
Assessments and Standards
We use a range of continual assessment methods and strategies, enabling us to monitor and support children as they progress. Questioning is used extensively to probe and extend understanding. Supportive and constructive feedback is provided to all pupils. Assessment is used as a diagnostic tool that informs future learning. Pupils are supported in assessing their own work and in identifying targets for improvement. There are a number of summative assessment tests/tasks that pupils complete at the end of specific topics/areas of learning. At the end of Year 6, children sit national tests called SATs, which measure standards in Maths And English (Reading, Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling).