Homework

It is the school's policy to set homework and to develop the provision of homework as the child progresses through Key Stages One and Two.

Aims

The following points encapsulate the homework philosophy of Church Drive School:

·         Ensure that parents are clear about what their child is expected to do.

·         Ensure consistency of approach throughout the school.

·         To use homework as a tool to help continue to raise standards of attainment.

·         Improve the quality of the learning experience offered to pupils and to extend it beyond the classroom environment.

·         Provide opportunities for parents, children and the school to work together in partnership in relation to children’s learning.

·         Encourage pupils and their parents to share and enjoy learning experiences.

·         Reinforce work covered in class by providing further opportunities for individual learning.

·         To practise or consolidate basic skills and knowledge, especially in Maths and English using a creative approach.

·         Encourage children to develop the responsibility, confidence and self-discipline needed to study independently.

·         To prepare Year 6 pupils for the transfer to secondary school.

Recommended Time Allocation

Homework should never be too onerous nor should it ever create stress within the pupil’s family. If parents have any concerns they should not hesitate to contact the school. Normally, more than one day will be allowed for the completion of a homework task, except where daily practice is to be encouraged e.g. reading, spelling and times tables.

The following are government recommendations as appropriate time allocations for homework activities.

Years 1 and 2 - 1 hour per week

Years 3 and 4 - 1.5 hours per week

Years 5 and 6 - 30 minutes per day

Homework Tasks

At Church Drive Primary we are undertaking an exciting new whole school approach to home school learning.  Each week pupils will be expected to read daily with a parent or carer to support their pleasure for reading, this should never be seen as a punishment or chore.

The main homework that pupils will be set is their Learning Log.  Every other Friday, children will be set a challenge by their class teacher in their red Learning Log book, this will be clearly labelled on the relevant page. This challenge will be either English/Maths or Art based and link to an area that the children have been studying in class.  Using the guidelines in the Learning Log the children will return their completed tasks by the date stated (approx. 1.5weeks later) on the task label, so their work can be shared with their class.

This policy has been developed through whole staff discussion and will be reviewed by the whole staff on a regular basis. The views and opinions of parents will also be sought.