Homework Guidance

Guidance for Infants
Guidance for Juniors

Homework Guidance for Infants

The children at Dry Drayton are encouraged to work very hard at school and make the most of the time that they spend here. Whilst their school day ends at 3.15, their education does not. Many children will have after school activities to attend that are important to their all round development. In addition to this, we strongly feel that pupils need some time at the end of the school day to relax and play – vital ingredients for good child development!

Therefore we promote a homework policy that seeks to strike a balance. This means a policy of regular meaningful homework that supports and reinforces the work in the classroom yet which still allows for plenty of “free time” which is so necessary for other areas of good child development. We believe school homework should enrich a child’s education.

We value your support in helping your child with their work at home and we would ask that you help your child by encouraging him/her to work in a quiet area away from the TV and by monitoring the quality of their work.

Years 1 and 2

Reading

We would like the children to read at home as much as possible – at least 10 minutes a day. Many children will enjoy reading aloud and being read to. Some will simply like to “lose themselves” in a book. Encourage your child in all their reading, whatever the reading matter – fiction, non-fiction, magazines, comics.

Your child will have a school reading book which will be suitable for their reading level. The books they bring home will cover a wide range of genres as it is important they learn to read a breadth of styles. It is important to read each book a few times to consolidate any tricky words and to have plenty of opportunities to discuss the text. Discussing what has happened in a story, the different characters and your child’s likes and dislikes will help your child develop their comprehension skills. With non-fiction texts, discuss the content, layout and usefulness of the information given.

Activities to support your child: Helping your child at home with reading

Spellings

Each week we will send home a list of common and tricky words for your child to practice. These are designed to help your child become more confident at spelling new words in their independent writing. Practising writing these words in context will support your child with their understanding of new vocabularly.

Learning Logs

Each half term we will send home a homework grid with a variety of tasks that are linked to the learning that we are doing in class. These relate to a range of subject areas and are designed to practise new concepts. Over the course of the half term your child will need to complete all of the activities which can be presented in a way of their choosing. Each week they must return their homework book so that it can be shared and celebrated in class.

 

Foundation Stage

Phonics

During the Autumn term the children will begin to learn the sounds of the alphabet. They will be taught up to 4 sounds each week in a specific order to enable them to word build as soon as possible. These phonemes will be listed in the weekly EYFS newsletter. Occassionally we will sent home practise words to reinforce the learning that we have been doing in class.

Reading

Children enjoy sharing a book, discussing the story and offering their opinion – skills vital for later on. As they start to read more independently they will bring home books suitable for their level. The books will cover a wide range of genres as it is important they learn to read a breadth of styles. The children can change their book every day, however it is important that they read the text a few times to ensure that tricky words are re-visited and that there is plenty of opportunity to discuss the story. Please practice reading with your child every night as consistent practice is vital in aiding the development of reading.

Each child is sent home with a reading record book. When your child has read their book we would appreciate it if you make a comment about how they got on. It is important in these early days of reading that the children have regular practise, daily if possible. Reading record books are checked frequently to enable us to respond to any comments and talk to the children about what they have read. If you have any questions about your child’s reading, please discuss these with Miss Hartshorne. Please remember every child learns at their own pace.

Exploration

In Reception we do not set formal homework, however any extra activities you may wish to do at home will enhance your child’s learning.  For examples of the types of activities that you may like to do to support your child please see the weekly EYFS newsletter.

There are many other ways that you can support your child’s all round education. Playing games, visiting places of interest, encouraging individual interests such as sport, music, ICT, will all help your child develop into a rounded individual.

Communicating between home and school

Our children will only achieve their potential when we all work together towards this goal. This means that with homework it is important that you know about the work your child is receiving and can feedback to school about how they are doing with it.

Homework Guidance for Juniors

The children at Dry Drayton are encouraged to work very hard at school and make the most of the time that they spend here. Whilst their school day ends at 3.15, their education does not. Many children will have after school activities to attend that are important to their all round development. In addition to this, we strongly feel that pupils need some time at the end of the school day to relax and play – vital ingredients for good child development!

Therefore at Dry Drayton we promote a homework policy that seeks to strike a balance. This means a policy of regular meaningful homework that supports and reinforces the work in the classroom yet which still allows for plenty of “free time” so necessary for other areas of good child development. We believe school homework should enrich a child’s education and not be seen as some kind of chore or punishment.

We value your support in helping your child in their work at home and we would ask that you help your child by encouraging him/her to work in a quiet area away from the TV and by monitoring the quality of that work.

Homework will vary depending on the age of your child and on

activities taking place in school. This leaflet offers general guidelines.

Key Stage 2 – Years 3, 4, 5 and 6

English/Topic Work

An English or topic piece will be set each week, relating to the learning in class. We try to ensure the work set is as creative and enjoyable as possible. In addition to this a piece of spelling work will be given.

Reading – We would like the children to continue reading at home as much as possible – at least 30 minutes a day. Many younger children will still enjoy reading aloud and being read to. Many older children will simply like to “lose themselves” in a book. Encourage your child in all their reading, whatever the reading matter – fiction, non-fiction, magazines, comics, newspapers etc. Discuss issues from their reading with them. 

Maths Work               

A Maths based task will be set each week which may consolidate the week’s learning or provide an investigational challenge.

Learning the Tables – In Year 3/4 we will do weekly tests during the mental starters and children will be set one times table to learn every week. Learning specified tables may be a part of the homework set some weeks if relevant. In Year 5/6 the children complete a times table challenge each week in class. The children need to continuously learn and practise their times tables, up to the 12 x table at home.

Investigational work

Many children really enjoy trying to find out more about what they are studying at school. This might mean looking through reference books, a visit to the library or looking up information on the “web” for those children who have access to the Internet. (Please see our guidance on e-safety.)

Finishing off schoolwork

Many children enjoy taking work home to finish off. We generally encourage this as a positive thing. We want to encourage and foster a joy of learning where our children want to learn. We do not like having to send unfinished work home as a punishment, as this can discourage a positive attitude to work. However, in extreme cases, and with the agreement of the parents, we will do so.

Additional individual work

There may be times where your child may receive additional individual work. Usually this would be to reinforce work being covered in class, to help them over a particular problem they are having, or to extend their understanding.

It is important to note that teachers may at times replace traditional homework with other tasks (for example, learning songs/scripts for productions).

Other “homework”

Some parents enjoy completing additional tasks with their children at home and this is something we would encourage. However, although teachers are able to suggest particular tasks that could be completed, we cannot produce individualised homework tasks for all children.

There are many other ways that you can support your child’s all round education:

Playing games, visiting places of interest, encouraging work on individual interests such as sport, music, etc., practising computer skills, talking about current affairs, etc. In addition, we would always encourage wider reading for all children.

All will help your child develop into a rounded individual.