Homework and the Academy Culture
It is important to us that our approach to homework is a firmly connected to our school culture. This will mean that homework is valued, recognised and celebrated. Our PD system will be used to reward the effort and commitment children demonstrate when completing their homework. We are determined that homework will be representative of children’s best work, showcasing very high standards. We will celebrate homework in assemblies, through events and on our website, enabling parents to view and value the fantastic efforts of our children. Because we value the worthwhile activities children take part in through our own extra-curricular programme as well as opportunities in the community, we will reward and recognise this participation as part of our homework approach.
Homework and Communication
All homework will be communicated via the Pupil Planner and e Schools. There will be a balance of electronic and non-electronic homework as we recognise that there are positives to both forms yet a careful and thoughtful equilibrium is fundamental. Across the academy (Year 1 to Year 6) homework will be set each Friday and will be expected to be completed by the following Thursday. This purposely encompasses a weekend to afford families the flexibility to work around other important commitments.
Completing Homework in School Time
Our library will be open every lunchtime to provide an opportunity for children to complete their homework or enjoy reading in school time. We have a rich extra-curricular offer during both lunchtimes and after school. This will allow children to attend and enjoy these activities whilst also gaining homework rewards and stamps through this participation.
Our Dimensions Approach
Each week, children will be expected to complete homework in four areas: reading, spelling, times tables and maths revision.
|Reading||Children will take home one reading book, chosen in collaboration with their class teacher. Depending on the reading skill and age of the child, this could be a ‘banded’ reading book, a library book or a book chosen from the school library.
Children are expected to read a minimum of four times per week for at least twenty minutes at a time in KS2 and fifteen minutes at KS1. To have their session of reading ‘ticked off’, the planner must include:
– The title of the book and the page numbers read
– A signature of a parent/guardian or older sibling
|Spelling||KS1: A set of ‘look, cover, write, check, correct’ words set by the teacher should be practised on the grid for that week.
KS2: A set of spellings will be set by the teacher each week and will consist of a new spelling pattern, irregular spelling words and words already learnt in previous lessons. Children will be expected to choose a spelling activity to complete (see homework books for guidance) and use the word in a sentence.
|Times Tables||Children will be set one personalised session on Times Tables Rockstars each week. They must complete this before accessing the free choice areas of the programme. We encourage children to use the free choice areas as much as possible too!|
|Maths Practice||All children will be given a short piece of maths homework each week. It will follow a simple ‘my turn, your turn’ structure, with modelled solutions provided.|
Dimension 2 Exemplars
Early Years and Foundation Stage Homework
The Early Years team are going to introduce a learning log for the children in Reception. This will be given to them at the start of the half term and will involve a ‘menu style’ selection of all areas of learning relating to our topic. Families will have the half term to complete the menu and this will be celebrated at the end of half term as a new learning log is issued.
Daily reading is also an essential component of Early Years homework.