How can I help my child with homework?
Each week your child will have homework to share with you. Homework is the one time in the week when your child can demonstrate to you some of his/her school learning. Allowing them to ‘be-the-teacher’ and to explain an activity or process to you is one of the best ways of helping them to remember and practice what they have learned in school.
If parents and children share an activity in which the child has to explain aspects of Mathematics or English learned at school, the child thereby strengthens this learning. We all make progress if we show the things we have learned to someone else. Your child will benefit if he or she continues to learn at home and outside the classroom.
Please participate in your child’s homework by following this simple advice:
- Do pick a good time to do the homework – preferably not in a rush, and NOT when their favourite programme is on.
- Allow the child to take the lead, only assisting if they are unsure or need something reading or explaining.
- Read the notes on the sheet – often the activity is focused on one specific skill and other skills are less important, and do not need to be fussed over!
- Be positive! Praise is much more effective as a stimulus to hard work and good learning than criticism.
Thank you to all those parents who completed the homework survey last term. We have read through all the feedback and have made changes to the amount and type of homework we set. Homework will be set on a Friday to be handed in the following Wednesday. This will give the children the weekend to tackle the work and give parents time to discuss homework with their child. If they struggle with any part of it we have a homework club for Key Stage 2 children on a Tuesday where the teachers will be available to discuss any misconceptions or address any issues. Children will not need to attend every week and we ask that parents write into their child’s maths book or on the SPAG (Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation) worksheet that their child needs to attend the homework club that week. Children will not be able to attend each week unless the teacher has written parental permission.
The amount of homework children will be given will increase gradually as they move up the school.
In Reception you should read to your child for 10 -15 minutes per evening. After October half term children will be given a reading scheme book to bring home and will also be given weekly phonics work.
In Year 1 and 2 children should be reading with parents for 10 – 15 minutes per evening. In addition children will be given weekly phonics activities and maths work related to the learning taking place in the classroom. Occasionally the children will be asked to complete activities relating to their topic work. All of this will be completed in a homework journal. Homework will be sent out on Fridays to be handed in the following Wednesday.
In Years 3 and 4 parents are encouraged to continue to hear their children read each evening. Children in Year 3 and 4 will also be expected to regularly read independently. Children will also be given SPAG worksheet and tables to learn and work to be completed in a maths homework book. Homework Club will take place on Tuesdays after school. Homework will be sent out on Fridays to be handed in the following Wednesday.
In Years 5 and 6 we encourage children to read every evening, either independently or to an adult. Children will be given SPAG and tables to learn each week, differentiated according to ability. Children will sometimes be expected to complete unfinished classwork at home. Learning journals are written each week and work will be provided to be completed in a maths homework book. Each child in Years 5 & 6 has a diary for recording their homework. It is the children’s responsibility to keep this up to date. Homework Club will take place on Tuesdays after school. Homework will be sent out on Fridays to be handed in the following Wednesday.
Learning Journals – Year 5&6
The children have a learning journal to record what they have learned (NOT what they have done) during the week in the core curriculum areas of English, maths and science, plus an additional curriculum area. When explaining their learning, children may give examples, draw labeled diagrams or stick in images, to support what they write. The children should complete at least half a page of A4 for each curriculum area each week. The purpose of the learning journal is consolidation of learning for the children and assessment of understanding for the teachers.