Homework Policy

At Newham Bridge School, homework is seen as an important aspect of the learning process involving parents, teachers and children in a partnership aimed at raising standards of achievement and maximising educational opportunity.

Aims

To aid each child’s progress towards achieving his or her potential with the assistance, support and co-operation of parents/carers.

By setting a little homework on a regular basis and on an increasing ratio from the Foundation Stage to Year 6, to adequately prepare children for the demands and responsibility of secondary school

Objectives

  • To provide an enjoyable and purposeful supplement to class work.
  • To provide opportunity for the child to practise what has been learnt in class, including the development of the basic skills e.g. tables, spellings, independent research skills etc.
  • To provide a practical opportunity for parents to become involved in the academic development of their child.
  • To provide a practical opportunity for the child to begin to take responsibility for organising their own workload.

What is Homework?

Homework is not necessarily written work. It is any task that a child is asked to complete at home. It may consist of reading, learning by heart and reinforcement of class work, research and project work or further practice of skills learnt in class.

Good primary practice requires that we give credence to other developmental needs of the child. At Newham Bridge we appreciate the value of extra curricular activities, (sport, music, dancing, drama, hobbies etc.) A well-balanced healthy child should be encouraged to develop their particular interests in many of these activities in their own time.

Should parents with their child to spend more time on structured academic work; they will find such suitable material in most local book shops.

As the primary educators of their children, parents are encouraged to support and
reinforce the shared expectations by as many means as possible. Learning is a shared responsibility between children, parents, teachers and teaching assistants. Children are encouraged and challenged in their learning as they aim for excellence. In order to achieve this goal, we at Newham Bridge, work with parents and guardians as a partnership, expanding the curriculum, extending the curriculum into the home and building on experiences shared outside the school.

How staff at Newham Bridge Primary School support this policy:

  • by providing a range of homework tasks and activities to consolidate and extend learning in class;
  • by ensuring that the children have a clear understanding of the tasks involved and a common understanding of the high expectations held of them individually, according to their ability;
  • by communicating with parents about homework through Parent Consultation evenings, reports, newsletters etc. Keeping parents informed of children’s progress, projects, topics to be studied and targets, which have been negotiated.

Pupils are expected to:

  • tackle home tasks promptly and with a positive attitude;
  • take pride in presentation and content, acknowledging the high personal standard expected;
  • be organised so that necessary books and equipment are not left at school;
  • take responsibility for handing in the completed task on the agreed day.

How parents can help to support children:

  • provide somewhere peaceful for children to work without the distractions of television, other family members and pets;
  • provide encouragement and support to children when they require it;
  • support the school in explaining to children that homework is valued and aids learning;
  • encourage their child and praise them when homework is completed;
  • Giving due importance to non-written tasks such as reading and assisting in the learning of tables and weekly spellings.
  • Keeping the staff informed of any changes in the child’s circumstances, which may affect their learning.

Guidelines

Homework is given to provide positive reinforcement of work done in school. It is seen as a definite need and not as a time filler.

Homework is considered an integral part of the curriculum. It enriches and consolidates, develops research skills and cultivates the mind to nurture the seeds of knowledge. Therefore children are expected to complete all given homework.

For this discipline to be of value it is important that work is handed in on time.

The average amount of time spent on homework each evening, including non-written tasks such as reading, learning tables etc., should be approximately:

Stage Duration (Minutes)
Foundation Stage / KS1 10-20
Years 3 & 4 20-30
Year 5 30-40
Year 6 40-60

A standard approach will be adopted throughout the Key Stages in order to avoid confusion for the child and parents.

In order to allow for the child’s other activities at least two nights will always be provided to complete homework. (except where the homework is class work that has been sent home because of the lack of application on the part of the child.)

Parents will be advised at the beginning of the school year of the homework expectations of the class teacher. They will also be given details in which they may be asked to assist the child at home.

A system for informing parents of homework has been set and for providing feedback to parents will be evolved.

Foundation Stage / Key Stage 1

Homework will usually involve the practice of basic skills, such as reading, learning the order of the alphabet, spellings and tables.

Each child is provided with a reading diary. Parents are invited to write comments in the diary about the child’s enjoyment or interest in the reading book and the pages read.

There will be many times when your child will be asked to collect and bring in topic related items or books for contributions to projects. Specific research tasks may be set from Year 2.

Key Stage 2

It is desirable that every child does some reading every night, sometimes as a ‘sharing’ experience with an adult. Reading material may include fiction, non-fiction, annuals, comics etc. it could either be a personal choice from books at home or from the local library or set reading books from school. It is important that parents monitor children’s reading.

Parents will be sent a homework timetable, showing the days on which a particular subject is set and time for completion.

Research work or special project assignment may be set to reinforce topics being studied in school. These may well be ongoing over a longer period of time, emphasis will be on research skills, presentation, illustration, time management and punctuality.

If the homework diary is lost/defaced the costs of replacement will have to be met by parents.