This is the school policy for the provision of homework. At St Brendan’s Catholic Primary School we believe learning at home is an essential part of a good education. We value our home school partnership, of which our homework policy is an important element, as parents play a vital role in their child’s learning.
Homework is anything children do outside the normal school day, in response to school guidance, encouragement or prompt, which contributes to a child’s learning either on their own or with parents or carers.
The purpose of homework
The school regards the purpose of homework as being to:
· Develop an effective partnership between school and parents or carers in pursuing the aims of the school and the development of their child.
· Consolidate and reinforce skills and understanding, particularly in English and Mathematics.
· Enable school learning to be explored and enriched, for example through additional reading or research of their current topic.
· 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.
The staff at St Brendan’s Catholic Primary School recognise that pupils who have spent a busy structured day at school need time to relax and unwind at the end of the afternoon.
We are mindful of the need to encourage children to pursue out-of-school activities e.g. swimming, Brownies, dancing, music lessons etc and believe that children develop their interests and skills fully when they make maximum use of the opportunities available to them.
Homework should be used effectively to reinforce and/or extend the learning that has taken place in school. We hope that children will feel a sense of personal satisfaction in a task completed well and that their efforts will be recognised and praised both at home and at school. Homework tasks should be undertaken to the best of their ability and pride taken in the work presented.
There are various types of homework. Children complete their homework in learning journals.
Children in Early Years Foundation Stage will be provided with two reading books on a weekly basis. They will also receive a word box with sounds they are learning leading to high frequency and tricky words for the children to practice at home.
Each term parent/carer guidelines are put into the children’s learning journals. These guidelines contain clear expectations of daily homework that should be completed little and often. They also contain weekly expectations that explain the types of homework the children are set on a weekly basis. The guidelines also have top tips to provide parents with ideas on how to support their child’s learning at home.
The daily expectations are differentiated for different children within a class in order to meet the needs of individual children and to provide them with specific learning that will help them to develop their skills in class.
The time suggested for the weekly homework tasks is also identified on the guidelines to ensure parents are clear on the school’s expectations.
Each week children are given clear guidance about their homework with ideas and suggestions on how they might approach their tasks.
A termly RE Newsletter informing parents of the work being covered along with suggestions for follow up work and family activities is issued.
Occasionally, there will be exceptions to the daily and weekly routines e.g. during the EYFS / Y1 transition periods; towards the end of a busy term.
How parents/carers can help to support children:
· Provide somewhere peaceful for children to work without the distractions of television, other family members and pets.
· Avoid ‘battles’ over homework by allowing children to compete it at an appropriate pace. Acknowledgement should be given when a child has worked using their own initiative.
· Provide encouragement and support to children when they require it and help them where appropriate to do so. Avoid doing work for them.
· Support the school in explaining to children that homework is valued and aids their learning.
· Be actively involved in the homework of younger children, in particular hearing them read daily at home.
· Sign and date your child’s reading record
Your help, encouragement and praise is the key to success.
Pupils are expected to:
· Tackle home tasks promptly and with a positive attitude.
· Ensure they fully understand their tasks and ask their class teacher if they are unsure.
· Take pride in presentation and content, acknowledging the high expectations the school has of school books.
· Be organised so that they have the necessary books and equipment they need to complete their tasks.
· Take responsibility for handing in completed work on the agreed day.
If any child does not understand a task, parents should encourage them to ask their teacher for further guidance. If you have any concerns about the levels of homework or the content etc., please see your child’s class teacher. Please do not let your child get upset about homework; if there is a problem come in and speak to the class teacher about it.
The school recognises the importance of providing prompt and accurate feedback to pupils, parents and carers on how well homework tasks have been tackled and the knowledge, skills and understanding that are being developed. Teachers will share homework as part of a lesson, mark using positive and constructive feedback if appropriate in relation to the work completed, use peer assessment or a variety of stickers or stamps recognising a child’s achievements.
Reviewing the policy
The homework policy will be reviewed annually. Where significant changes to the policy are felt to be required, proposals will be presented to the governing body and parents consulted.