Homework

In order that our pupils can attain the highest standard (spiritual, moral, social, cultural and academic), we recognise the crucial importance of an active educational partnership between home and school. Home Learning is just one of the ways in which we seek to foster this partnership. Home Learning encompasses a whole variety of activities instigated by teachers and supported by parents in order to facilitate children’s learning.

The Purpose of Home Learning

Regular, well planned Home Learning opportunities can:

  • Enable pupils to make maximum progress in their academic development.
  • Develop good work habits and self discipline for the future.
  • Encourage skills and attitudes which help children improve their educational performance.
  • Help parents gain insight into their child’s schoolwork and promote partnership between home and school.
  • Develop skills of independent learning
  • Offer access to resources not found in school (public libraries, local museums etc.)
  • To consolidate and reinforce learning completed in school and assist in preparation for future class work.
  • Provide a context for pupil/parent interaction.
  • To foster the partnership between St James and parents in achieving the aims of the school for the benefit of the child

Aims and Objectives

Our aims in setting Home Learning tasks are to:

  • Give children further practice of the skills and concepts learnt during the school day.
  • Extend and support the learning experiences in school via reinforcement and revision.
  • Provide opportunities to use and apply concepts learnt in school.
  • Enable parents to share in their child’s education in partnership with the school.
  • Provide progression towards independence and individual responsibility throughout the school to prepare the children for transfer to secondary school.
  • Ensure consistency of approach throughout the school.
  • To make children responsible and organised in their learning at home as a preparation for more frequent homework at secondary school.
  • To increase competencies in core skills
  • To develop positive attitudes to learning beyond the classroom
Roles and Responsibilities
Children will… Parents and Carers will… St James will…
  • Take responsibility for completing your homework
  • Work as independently as you can
  • Choose 1 task from the grid to complete each week
  • Complete all homework tasks in your book
  • Start a new page for every new piece of homework
  • Write the date on top of every piece of homework and underline it neatly with a ruler
  • Write the title of their piece of homework and underline it neatly with a ruler
  • Complete your homework in pencil, unless you have your pen license, then you may complete your homework in blue pen
  • Draw all lines with a ruler
  • Only use pencil crayons to show colour in your homework book
  • Put a small Traffic Light next to the title which will be filled in after the work has been completed
  • Share your learning with an adult at home
  • Hand your book in on time
  • Encourage your child to complete their weekly homework
  • Allow your child to work as independently as possible
  • Talk to your child about their learning
  • Date and comment in the square when the children have completed a piece of homework: e.g. did the children enjoy the task and did they talk to you about what they had done?
  • Let the Class Teacher know at the earliest opportunity if you have any points to raise about your child’s homework
  • Set a new task sheet every half term
  • To set tasks which will reinforce and consolidate skills and understanding
  • Collect homework books weekly
  • Mark books weekly (As per the marking code, see appendix 1)
  • Provide feedback to the children as necessary
  • Encourage children to complete their homework tasks
  • Reward children who have completed their homework
  • Monitor who is completing their homework
  • Let parents know at the earliest opportunity if there are any points which we wish to raise about your child’s homework

Enjoying and Managing Home Learning

St James understands that:

  • Home Learning should take up a manageable and balanced part of children’s lives
  • It should be an enjoyable portion of children’s time, when parents can take an interest in their progress.
  • It is essential that Home Learning does not dictate the pattern of every evening.
  • Pupil’s need time to follow their own personal interests and hobbies.
  • They require time to attend out of school clubs and go on trips and outings with their family.
  • They need quality time to relax and enjoy leisure activities with their family.
  • They need time for exercise and play with their friends.
  • These outside interests develop the ‘whole’ child and are a vital aspect of a child’s learning and development.

MOST HOME LEARNING TASKS ARE ANTICIPATED TO TAKE AROUND 20-30 MINUTES TO COMPLETE.

IF PROBLEMS ARISE WITH HOMEWORK

There are occasions when children struggle with homework or when it is not possible to complete a homework task. For example:

  • Homework may be too difficult or be taking too much time
  • Or if at home, circumstances may arise which make homework difficult to complete
  • If any problems with homework arise then it is parent’s responsibility to please let your child’s Class Teacher know at the earliest opportunity so that we can modify arrangements as necessary.

 

Appendix 1: Marking of Home Learning

All Home Learning completed by the children will be marked as follows:

Green Pen

Marking will be completed by an adult in green pen.

Green Tick

An adult has seen and read through your work carefully.

A Gold, Silver or Bronze Star will be used to indicate the following

gold-star-2

Gold Star = Home Learning has been completed to an exceptional standard in relation to the child’s ability

silver-star-2

Silver Star = Home Learning has been completed to the expected standard in relation to the child’s ability.

bronze-star-2

Bronze Star = Home Learning has been handed in, but is below the expected standard in relation to the child’s ability.

In some Home Learning, where it is appropriate, you may also see

Green Highlight

Green Highlighting = This piece of your Home Learning shows great understanding or skill

Orange Highlight

Orange Highlighting = This piece of your Home Learning needs looking at again and correcting

Comment

A comment made by the adult which relates to your understanding of the task.

 

Appendix 2: Weekly Expectation

Task Time Taken
Reading

  • Children are expected to read their school reading book for about 10 minutes at least 3 times a week to an adult, who then signs their Reading Record.
3 x 10 minutes = 30 minutes
Spelling

  • Spellings are set in line with the new curriculum and may follow rules and patterns or may be a set of topic words which the children need to know and understand.
  • Spellings are expected to be practised on 5 different days over the course of a week.
  • Spellings are expected to be completed independent of adult support although an adult may need to check the completed list after the child has practised
5 x 10 minutes = 50 minutes
Mathletics

  • 1 or 2 tasks set each week related to an area of maths that the children have already covered in lessons
  • An adult can support the children if necessary
  • The children can make jottings if they need to
1 x 20 mins
Weekly Task

  • The child will choose to complete 1 task from the task sheet in their homework book
  • This task is to be completed as independently as possible
  • An adult can support the child if necessary
1 x 30 mins
Total weekly time spent on Home Learning Activities 1 hour 50 minutes