Meadowbrook Primary School

Meadowbrook
Primary School

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Homework

Rationale

We provide opportunities for home learning in order to consolidate and reinforce skills and understanding, particularly in Mathematics and English.  

It is our intention to foster an effective partnership between the school and parents/carers in pursuing the aims of the school.

Home learning refers to any work or activities which learners are asked to do outside lesson times either on their own or with parents/carers.

 Aims

  • To raise learners’ achievement through supported learning opportunities.
  • To involve parents actively in their own child’s learning.
  • To establish a regular pattern of home learning which is fully understood by learners and parents.
  • To provide a range of tasks and activities that are purposeful, enjoyable and varied using a range of resources.
  • To encourage learners to develop the confidence and self-discipline needed to study on their own.

Feedback from parents tells us that you would like:

  • home learning to be a part of children’s weekly routines
  • immediate praise and encouragement
  • parents to read 5 days out of 7 days with their children
  • parents and teachers to write notes in the reading record diary
  • in Reception, Key Stage 1 and when needed in Key Stage 2 to practice letter sounds and blending skills (synthetic phonics) and tricky words twice a week
  • record logins and passwords for online home learning e.g. Skoolbo and Junior Librarian
  • help children to login to online home learning and monitor their use
  • write comments on how much help and support they have given their child
  • To support methods we are teaching at school and ask for help if methods are unfamiliar

 Time per week

Reception         15 minutes plus 3 times a week on phonics/tricky word recognition

Year 1              15 minutes plus 3 times a week on phonics/tricky word recognition

Year 2              20 minutes plus 3 times a week on phonics

Year 3              30 minutes

Year 4              30-45 minutes

Year 5              45 minutes

Year 6              45-60 minutes plus preparation activities for standardised tests in May of Year 6

 

Activities will vary in their focus each week to reflect the variety of learners’ interests and needs. Basic skills can be supported by engagement with educational websites such as Skoolbo. The school celebrates all learners’ achievements with these resources at the Friday achievement assembly.

We recognise that 50% of families welcome the availability of home learning opportunities during holidays. This will focus on using Skoolbo, reading challenges and optional holiday competitions. In Year 6 there is an expectation that there will be SATs test prepapartion work to complete during school holidays.

Expectations per Year group

Reception

  • A “What we have been learning this week” letter in the “ I learn everywhere” book.
  • Reading Books changed as necessary for the learner. This can be every day.
  • Weekly tricky words
  • Cursive handwriting

Year One - weekly

  • Summary of the weeks learning in Maths, English, Science and Learning Arc.
  • Phonics based activities including Tricky Words
  • Number based activities/English based activities
  • Extension activities to enable challenge for the able

Year Two - weekly

  • Summary of the weeks learning in Maths, English, Science and Learning Arc.
  • Phonics and grammar activities including Tricky Words
  • Number based activities including Times tables activities
  • Possible additional Maths, English or Learning Arc activities
  • Extension activities to enable challenge for the able

Year Three - weekly

  • Summary of the weeks learning in Maths, English, Science and Learning Arc.
  • Spelling and grammar activities
  • Maths based activities including Times tables activities
  • Additional English or Learning Arc activities
  • Extension activities to enable challenge for the able

Year Four - weekly

  • Summary of the weeks learning in Maths, English, Science and Learning Arc.
  • Spelling and grammar activities
  • Number fact and recall activities including times tables activities periodically
  • Additional Maths, English or Learning Arc activities
  • Extension activities to enable challenge for the able

Year Five - weekly

  • Summary of the weeks learning in Maths, English, Science and Learning Arc.
  • Spelling and grammar activities and investigations
  • Number fact and recall activities including times tables activities periodically
  • Additional Maths, English or Learning Arc activities
  • Extension activities to enable challenge for the able

Year Six

  • Preteaching of the next weeks learning in Maths, English, Science and Learning Arc.
  • Spelling and grammar activities and investigations
  • Number fact and recall activities for identified children
  • Additional Maths, English or Learning Arc activities
  • Resources to support preparation for the Year 6 SATS tests
  • Extension activities to enable challenge for the able

Teacher Responsibilities

  • Setting appropriate tasks taking into account the age and abilities of the learners.
  • Acknowledging home learning within a reasonable length of time. This may include class discussions, verbal comments to individual learners and possible written comments.
  • Ensuring that learners have recorded the home learning which is to be completed.
  • Providing specific websites for research based home learning.
  • Providing clear, accurate instructions and examples for Maths and English home learning.
  • Uploading homework to the schools website and emailing homework to families and in Y5/Y6 to learners via Google Drive

Pupils will strive to......

  • Making sure they know what home learning has been set.
  • Taking the appropriate books and materials home.
  • Completing work at the correct time.
  • Returning books and other materials to school.

Parents/Carers are responsible for:

  • Ensuring they are aware of home learning set.
  • Providing a reasonably peaceful, suitable place in which their child can work.
  • Making it clear to their child that they value home learning, and supporting the school in explaining how it can help their learning.
  • Encouraging their child and praising them when they have completed home learning.
  • Ensuring that their child does not spend too long on home learning.
  • Telling the class teacher if their child has difficulty completing home learning.
  • Making positive written comments on the help that they have given when appropriate.

Reading has been promoted well in the school, including by the use of thoughtful displays. Pupils read widely and enjoy the book club, the library and reading with their parents and carers. Ofsted.