Homework Expectations

Homework at Harestock

Effective homework

Learning at home is an essential part of good education. Regular homework is important as it gives pupils the opportunity to practice at home the tasks covered in class, and helps the pupils work towards improving important skills. It also helps children and young people to become confident and independent in their learning, which will help throughout their time at school and in adult life.

In primary schools, the focus of homework should be on the important skills of english and maths. Regular reading at home, especially reading with parents, should be encouraged.

The Government’s recommended time allocation, based on current good practice, is set out in Homework: Guidelines for Primary Schools and Secondary Schools, as follows;

 

Year Group Time Allocated Type of Homework
Years 1 & 2 1 hour per week Reading, spelling, other english work and number work
Years 3 & 4 1.5 hours per week English and maths as for years 1 and 2, with occasional projects / activities in other subjects
Years 5 & 6 30 minutes per day Regular weekly schedule with continued emphasis on english and maths, but also ranging widely over the curriculum.

 

Homework in Reception

Reading

In reception our priority for developing language and literacy skills at home is to try as far as possible to read daily with your child.  This will support your child in learning reading, spelling and language patterns, improve their vocabulary and help them to develop comprehension skills through discussion of the text.   Even before your child is able to sound out words using their phonic knowledge, they will be able to use the pictures to talk about what is happening in the story and make predictions about what they think will happen next.

Key Words

Key words will be sent home to practise daily and children will be moved on when they are able to read the words accurately by sight.

Supporting learning at home

Find ways to encourage a love of learning by helping your child to practise new skills they have learnt in different contexts e.g.…

Supporting writing development at home

  • Encourage your child to draw, paint etc.
  • Show children your writing, shopping lists, things to do, cards and encourage them to help.
  • Make scrap books, write postcards, party invitations.
  • Develop fine motor skills by cutting, sewing, dot-to-dots etc. and gross motor skills through physical play; climbing, skipping, cycling, cooking (stirring)

Supporting maths development at home

  • Point out numbers around you, on houses, cars, television channels, cookers and microwaves,
  • Say number names in order as you climb the stairs, count teddies on a bed, plates on the table.
  • Compare quantities, who has the most sweets, which shopping bag is heavier?

Homework in Year 1 and Year 2

Reading

In years 1&2 our priority for developing language  and literacy skills at home is to try as far as possible to read daily with your child.  This will support your child in learning spelling and language patterns, improve their vocabulary and help them to develop comprehension skills through discussion of the text.

We expect children to be given the opportunity to read with an adult every day and take some time to talk about what they have read and ask/answer questions about the text.

Key Words

Key words will be sent home to practise daily and children will be moved on when they are able to use and apply all words accurately in their work.

Number Bonds & Times Tables

Number bonds will be sent home to practise and children will be tested weekly.  Once your child has completed all number bond sets they will move on to the times tables challenge where a different times table is  sent home each week and tested on in class.  More information will be sent home when your child reaches this stage.

Take Home Tasks

For each topic your child will be given a ‘take home task’ to complete at home and then present to their class which is linked to their topic.  Parents are invited to come in to watch on the day of the presentation.  Each topic you will receive information on the take home task leaving plenty of time to complete it before the presentation.

Homework in Year 3 and Year 4

Day Given/

Handed in

Homework 
Monday Spellings

To help to embed spelling taught during the week,  spellings will be sent home each week to learn or the children will use an activity from Spellodrome to practise learning their spellings.

Wednesday A SPAG task will be set each week in the children’s SPAG text book to embed teaching.
Friday One quality piece of homework from the homework grid will be set.  Children will choose a different piece each week which is related to their topic.  It will also have links to Maths, creative subjects such as Art or D&T and English.
As often as possible Reading

Please encourage your child to read daily.  Your child can change their book as often as you feel they need to.

Times tables & Number Bonds

Children will need to practise these as often as possible.  They will have a test each week so they will be able to tell you which times tables they need to practise.   Mathletics activities can also be used to practise current learning in maths.

 

Homework in Year 5 and Year 6

Day Given Homework Due in by
Monday Half termly mini project based on topic Will be set when task is given out
Tuesday A SPAG task will be set each embed teaching. The following Monday
Wednesday Comprehension task set over two weeks Will be set when task is given out
Thursday Mathletics activities Will be reviewed weekly by the class teacher
Friday Spellodrome tasks linked to the weekly spelling lessons Will be reviewed weekly by the class teacher
As often as possible Reading

Please encourage your child to read daily.  Your child can change their book as often as you feel they need to.

Times tables

Children will need to practise these as often as possible.  Mathletics activities can also be used to practise current learning in maths.

 We are now lucky enough to have two fantastic new resources at Harestock to support children in maths and spelling in school and at home. 

Mathletics at Harestock

Mathletics is an engaging, supportive online learning resource targeted to the current UK Maths National Curriculum.  Mathletics will be used only in the juniors initially and may be extended to the infants in the future.

Teachers will set specific activities related to the maths objectives being delivered in class.  As well as these specific set activities, there are also games that the children can play to help improve their fluency in performing calculations such as times tables.

Spellodrome at Harestock

Spellodrome comes from the same company who run Mathletics and is a website based on the UK English National Curriculum words for each year group.   Teachers in infants and juniors will use the website to set up word lists for children to practice in school as well as using the games as learning activities within spelling sessions.

The children can access the site at home and there will be a number of games they can play that are based around those specific spellings.  They can play against children from all around the world and get their names on to the hall of fame on the home page. They can also achieve certificates, which we can print at school for them if they can’t at home.

Time spent on Spellodrome and Mathletics as well as scores that the children have achieved will be logged for the teacher to see and responded to in class, when relevant and necessary.  All children in years 1-6 will be able to use this resource.

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