Homework Policy

Rainford CE Primary School

Homework Policy September 2016

Introduction

Homework is anything children do outside the normal school day that contributes to their learning, in response to guidance from the school. Homework encompasses a whole variety of activities instigated/supported by teachers and parents/carers to support the children's learning.

Aims and objectives

The aims and objectives of homework are:

to enable pupils to make maximum progress in their academic and social development;

to help pupils develop the skills of an independent learner;

to promote cooperation between home and school in supporting each child's learning;

to enable all aspects of the curriculum to be covered in sufficient depth;

to provide educational experiences not possible in school;

to consolidate and reinforce learning in school, and to allow children to practise skills taught in lessons;

to help children develop good work habits for the future.

to give parents an insight into the work being covered in school.

Types of homework

Staff and pupils regard homework as an integral part of the curriculum – it is planned and prepared alongside all other programmes of learning.

We set a variety of homework activities. In the Foundation Stage and at Key Stage 1, we give children books to take home and read with their parents or carers. We give guidance to parents and carers on achieving the maximum benefit from this time spent reading with their child. We also ask children to learn spellings or mathematical tables as part of their homework. Sometimes, we ask children to talk about a topic at home prior to studying it in school.  Sometimes, we ask children to find and collect things that we then use in lessons, and occasionally we ask children to take work home that they have started in school, when we believe that they could benefit from spending further time on it. When we ask children to study a topic, or to research a particular subject, we encourage them to use not only the school library but also the local library, as well as the Internet and CD-ROMs.

At Key Stage 2, we continue to give children the sort of homework activities outlined above, but we expect them to do more tasks independently. We set literacy and/or numeracy homework each week, and we expect the children to consolidate and reinforce the learning done in school through practising at home. We also set homework as a means of helping the children to revise, as well as to ensure that prior learning has been understood.

Homework is marked according to the general school marking policy. Homework completed well is acknowledged and praised. There may be issues arising from the work, which the teacher will follow up in lesson time.

We recognise that children have individual learning styles, which means that some tasks can be completed in a number of different ways, while others demand a particular approach.

Amount of homework

As they move through the school, we increase the amount of homework that we give the children. We expect children in Key Stage 1 to spend approximately one hour a week doing homework, although this will include reading with a parent. We expect children in Years 3 and 4 to spend approximately 1 – 1 ½ hours each week on homework, a large part of this will be reading, and children in Years 5 and 6 to spend approximately 2 hours per week.

 

Every week we will set spellings for the children to learn. We also ask that the children continue to read every week. Please see the plan below:

 

Maths

English

+ reading at home

Y1

15 mins

15 mins

 

Y2

20 mins

20 mins

 

Y3

30 mins

30 mins

 

Y4

30 mins

30 mins

 

Y5

40 mins

40 mins

 

Y6

40 mins

40 mins

*extra revision sessions also

       Please note that this may be different for Year 6 pupils as they prepare for their SATS tests.

Inclusion and homework

 We set homework for all children as a normal part of school life. We ensure that all tasks set are appropriate to the ability of the child, and we endeavour to adapt any homework task so that all children can contribute in a positive way. When setting homework for those pupils with Individual Education Plans (IEP’s) we consider their specific needs. We value and celebrate the cultural diversity of our pupils and their families, and we appreciate the enrichment that this brings.

The role of parents and carers

Parents and carers have a vital role to play in their child's education, and homework is an important part of this process. We ask parents and carers to encourage their child to complete the homework tasks that are set. We invite them to help their children as and when they feel it to be necessary and to provide them with the sort of environment that allows children to do their best. Parents and carers can support their child by providing a good working space at home, by enabling their child to visit the library regularly, and by discussing the work that their child is doing.

If parents and carers have any questions about homework, they should, in the first instance, contact the child's class teacher. If their questions are of a more general nature, they should contact the headteacher. Finally, if they wish to make a complaint about the school homework policy, or the way in which it is implemented, parents or carers should contact the governing body.

Use of ICT

The use of ICT and the Internet has made a significant contribution to the amount of reference material available at home, and the ease and speed with which it can be accessed. However, our teachers expect their pupils to produce their own work, perhaps by editing something they have found, or by expressing it in their own words. The children are not achieving anything worthwhile by merely downloading and printing out something that has been written by somebody else.

There are many websites containing highly educational material which can have a powerful effect on children's learning. Parents or carers are advised always to supervise their child's access to the Internet. ‘My Maths’ is a programme we have invested in; the children are all given a password to access this site. Some weeks the numeracy homework will be set from My Maths. Some of the most important educational software that we use in school can be bought by parents or carers on a home-user licence. This ensures that children are using age-appropriate software in their work at home.

 We discourage children from bringing external memory devices into school, because of the risk of viruses. However, when appropriate, a teacher might suggest that a child's work is e-mailed to the teacher at school.

Date:  September 2015

Contact the School

Rainford C E Primary School

Cross Pit Lane
Rainford
St Helens
WA11 8AJ

Main Contact: Jayne Owens (Office)

Tel: 01744 883281
Fax: 01744 886495
rainfordp@sthelens.org.uk