At D’Eyncourt Primary School we believe homework consolidates and reinforces skills and understanding in maths, English and other curriculum areas, helps raise the level of achievement of individual pupils, provides opportunities for parents and children to work together and, thereby, fostering an effective partnership between home and school.
We value the support of parents/carers and we believe that success is possible if there is a strong partnership between home and school which is reflected in the Home-School Agreement.
We recognise that all children need leisure time and hope that we strike a balance so children can extend and consolidate their learning with parental support while still allowing ‘down time.’ A breakdown of how homework is structured is provided below. This has been designed to encourage a gradual progression of skills and expectation so by the time children reach Year 6 they have established a clear routine in preparation for secondary school. Most of the homework is provided for completion over the course of 7 days in order to fit around family lifestyles and commitments. Other homework e.g. reading, multiplication tables, spellings are proven to be better when completed in shorter daily sessions.
Foundation Stage (Reception)
- Children will be given tasks that they can complete with family members.
- These could include arts and crafts as well as literacy and numeracy practical tasks.
- Read at home three days a week and this should be recorded in the homework diary.
- Children are asked to bring things in during the year to enhance focused activities.
Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)
- Children will be given a maths and a writing activity each week along with weekly spellings. Children will be tested on their spellings every Friday.
- Common exception words are sent home in the autumn term for children to work on through out the year.
- Children are expected to read and discuss their book at least three times. The reading diary should be completed each time.
Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6)
- In KS2 Children will be given homework books/folders, with a task sheet inside or alternatively children will use iamlearning. This is online homework that is set using www.iamlearning.co.uk for English and Maths across key stage two. We normally allow 7 days for the homework to be completed.
- In year 3 and 4 children are given spellings each week and children are tested every Thursday.
- Children are expected to read at least three times a week. The reading diary should be completed each time.
- Learning of multiplication facts ongoing.