Homework

As a parent or carer you can play a vital role in your child’s education, including homework.

Our topic homework tasks

At the start of each topic your child will be given a creative homework sheet. On this sheet there is a choice of 8 creative/open ended tasks that your child may choose from. Each task is linked to their current topic. Your child will be expected to complete one or more of these tasks. Find out what the most recent homework task is by looking in your child’s reading diary or homework book.

You can help by encouraging, discussing ideas and by ensuring your child has a good working space at home. Please contact your child’s class teacher or the headteacher with any questions or concerns.

As well as the topic homework task, your child is expected to learn spellings from a weekly list (again, you can find the current list in your child’s reading diary). Learning the spellings for just a short time each day is more effective than leaving it all to the last minute.

Reading on a daily basis is also expected.  Reading aloud with an adult is important throughout the primary years. Even if your child is a fluent reader, having a discussion about the story (for example, the characters’ personalities and actions, the ‘wow words’ used by the author) is a valuable way to develop reading skills.

For children in Year 2 to Year 6, practising times tables is also extremely important: by the end of Year 4, children should have a rapid recall of times tables facts and also be able to say the division facts too eg 7×8=56 and therefore also 56÷7=8. ‘Rapid recall’ should be within around five seconds – they should not have to count through the tables facts to get there!

Parents/carers are invited in to school occasionally to view homework by pupils in the class – this is an opportunity for children to develop their speaking skills and to feel proud of their achievements.