Pupils of all ages will receive homework. This will range in frequency and subject depending on the age of the child.
The importance of homework is to link the idea that learning takes place at home and at school.
The amount of homework pupils get when they are at secondary school can come as a shock, and we have a responsibility in ensuring pupils are prepared. It should always feel manageable and it is important that pupils stay positive and learn independent skills so they are prepared for their studies at secondary school. As such there is an expectation all pupils complete homework and when it is not completed at home they may be asked to do it in school (again preparing them for their further education).
While homework is checked, not all homework is marked in as much detail as school work is. This isn’t intended to devalue homework, but instead represents the differing support given in year groups and please remember the process and routine of doing homework is as important as the ‘task’ itself.
Children in all year groups should be supported with their timetables, reading and weekly spellings, and below we have given a guide to what to expect in other year groups:
Reception: Ongoing phonics letters and numeral formation activities, leading to word cards.
Key Stage 1: Weekly maths homework in both Years 1 and 2. As the year goes on Year 1 add Comprehension homework and Year 2 use termly topic homework.
Lower Key Stage 2 (Years 3-4): 1 piece of written homework that will be either English or Maths and will match the unit being taught. Over certain holidays there will be a science/ topic project which should be completed with growing independence.
Upper Key Stage 2 (Years 5): 1 written piece of homework weekly, which should be completed independently if possible. This will be English, Maths or Science and will be revision based in nature. Over certain holidays there will be a science/topic project which should be completed with growing independence.
Upper Key Stage 2 (Year 6): Revision based maths homework, which covers a range of topics is sent home every week. Also, weekly there will be a piece of written science homework, which will turn into English homework as the year goes on.
The school has worked with Educational Researchers investigating the impact of 'Holiday Slippage' on children's learning.
Holiday Homework may simply reflect usual class homework, but sometimes my be a 'project' or a 'study'.
We have discovered that pupils retain knowledge and skills over the holidays when they continue to apply their skills throughout the school breaks. For example: rather than pupils completing all their homework on the first day of the holiday, it is better to do a little bit each week.
Home Study Book and Flip Learning
The example to the right has fold out images, tables, data, illustrations and flaps, layout your study in an exciting way. Be creative!
Over the holidays pupils in KS2 will sometimes be asked to complete a 'Study'. They will have a Home Study Book and be able to download resources from our website. They will have to login and then they will be able to download an interactive iBook (designed for iPad, but compatable with Ipod Touch, iPhone and Mac) or a PDF with video links to the internet. They will also be able to ask questions and leave helpful hints on a secure noticeboard.
The purpose of this book is to keep pupils actively engaging with their learning over the holidays. It also takes a 'flip learning' approach so the studies will equip pupils with understanding so in school they can apply this knowledge.
Hints to a good study book:
1) Don’t just copy what you read, understand it! Try to use your own words when you explain something.
2) Get a parent or helper comment: if someone helps that’s fine, let them add a comment, if it’s all your own work let them read it and add a comment.
3) Use the knowledge: when you get back to school you will be asked to apply the knowledge of what you have researched, you wont be asked to research it again.
4) If it’s a long holiday do a little bit each week! This will keep your skills sharp. Example: It’s better to do 4 maths problems every week rather than 20 on the first day of the holidays.
5) Let your book grow. If you hear something in school or watch something on TV that is interesting add it to your book. That might mean adding it to a topic that has already finished. It might mean starting a new Study the school hasn’t even thought of.
6) Share what you have found. You will be presenting your book at school, but also use the noticeboards on the website to tell others what helped you, or ask a question.