At Langland Community School we believe that children learn best when parents work together in partnership with the school. We support the OFSTED view that homework plays a role in developing children’s skills to learn for themselves and to develop their understanding. This policy outlines Langland Community School’s approach to homework so that parents and teachers are clear about its purpose and organisation.
Aims and Objectives:
We believe that homework allows children to:
- Consolidate and reinforce skills and understanding, particularly in English and Maths.
- Extend school learning, for example through additional reading.
- Exploit resources for learning of all kinds at home.
- Encourage children as they get older to develop the confidence and self-discipline needed to study on their own and to prepare them for the requirements of secondary school.
Roles and Responsibilities:
- Provides information about how parents can support children’s learning at home.
- Provides information about any work that is set with clear ‘deadline’ dates (if appropriate).
- Values the work the children do, provide feedback and next steps where relevant.
Parents and Carers
Research has shown that children who are supported at home perform better in their studies. At Langland Community School we are therefore committed to involving parents in their child’s learning. This Policy and the Home-School Agreement, Curriculum Overviews and regular parent meetings and workshops outline the ways in which parents can support and enhance their children’s education at home. The following are some guidelines, which may prove useful when working with children at home.
- Provide time and an appropriate place in which the child can do their homework.
- Encourage the child to do the work at the same time each day so that a routine is established.
- Support the child and encourage them to work out the answers for themselves.
- Encourage children and praise them when they complete their homework.
- Contact the class teacher if the child has difficulties or if they are unsure or if they need resources.
- Attend Parents’ Evenings and other workshops/meetings in school.
- Be positive about any homework and support the school in explaining how it can aid children’s learning.
- Complete homework at home or during Homework Clubs.
- Ask parents, teachers, Learning Support Assistants for help with homework.
• Hand homework in on time and meet deadlines.
- Look after all school resources that you may take home to support with homework.
At Langland Community School we believe theemphasis is on how homework helps your child to learn, rather than on whether it takes a certain amount of time to complete. For example, some children will work quicker than others and get more done in less time. The rough guidelines for primary school children are:
- Years 1 and 2: one hour per week
- Years 3 and 4: 1.5 hours per week
- Years 5 and 6: 30 minutes per day
Your child shouldn’t be expected to spend much longer on homework than the guide times. It doesn’t matter if activities don't take as long as the guide times as long as they are useful. Schools should organise homework carefully so that children aren't asked to do too much on any one day.
All homework activities should be related to work that children are doing at school. However, homework should not always be written work. For younger children it will largely be:
- Reading with parents or carers, informal games to practice mathematical skills, practising key words/sounds/spelling, talking homework to support children with their writing.
For older children homework activities may include:
- Reading, preparing a presentation to the class,finding out information, making something, talking homework to support children with their writing, games/activities to practice mathematical skills. SATs questions, a piece of writing, a maths investigation/question, practising key words/sounds/spelling.
Following the government guidelines above, at Langland Community School we expect our pupils to carry out the following homework:
• Daily reading practise
• Weekly practising of key words/spellings
- Weekly times table practise
- A short weekly English task
- A short weekly Maths task
- A half-termly ‘Home-School Project’
English and Maths homework set will always be linked to learning in class and handed out on Monday. Unless otherwise stated all homework should be completed on the sheet and returned to school by Friday of that week. If homework is not completed and handed in, children will do their homework in detention.
Further support that can be given:
There are many other activities that may be undertaken at home which allow parents to support children’s learning. Some examples of these are as follows:
- Visiting the library to choose books either to read for pleasure or for information.
- Shopping-looking at use of coins or checking change.
- Talking about books, places, T.V. programmes, videos etc.
- Counting – objects, money, etc.
- Sharing – sweets, cakes, etc.
- Managing pocket money – keeping accounts.
- Reading signs and time tables.
- Using the T.V. guides – planning their viewing, etc.
- Cooking, especially weighing and measuring liquids.
- Keeping a diary.
- Using suitable computer programmes and the Internet.
- Playing games, e.g. Snakes and Ladders, Ludo, Scrabble, Dominoes, Boggle, Hangman, Draughts, Card games, e.g. Junior Monopoly, Junior Trivial Pursuits, Kim’s games, I Spy, crosswords, word searches.
- Research activities using books or suggested websites.
In addition to the regular reading, spellings and English/Maths tasks a selection of some of the activities from the above list would be appropriate and beneficial.
Special Educational Needs:
Setting the right type and amount of homework for children with special educational needs is not always easy. Parents of children who have their needs registered are provided with an Individual Education Plan. This identifies how the parents can work with the school to support their child’s learning.
Monitoring and Evaluating:
The efficiency and effectiveness of this Homework Policy is monitored on a regular basis by the Senior Leadership team. This involves homework scrutiny, parent meetings, pupil conversations and parental surveys. This will consider the extent to which the Policy is contributing to the progress children make at school and their attitude to learning.