Support for Homework

Support for Homework

We believe homework is a key aspect of learning. Homework helps children improve important skills. We believe that homework is a valuable opportunity for children to share with their parents/ carers things they have been doing at school.

Through our policy we aim to:

  • Ensure a consistent approach across the school
  • Ensure progression towards independence and individual responsibility
  • Ensure parents/ carers can support their child more effectively
  • Extend and support learning
  • Provide opportunities for parents/carers and children to work in partnership and enjoy learning experiences

English and Maths skills across the curriculum.

Spellings are set from Age Related expectations. We do a daily 10 minute activity to aid children’s application and retention of spellings. English will be set to support both reading and writing skills. Maths will be set to develop mental maths and problem solving activities. It will also consolidate skills taught in class.

Parents can support their child to develop fast recall of number bonds to 10 and 20, then 100, and then tables to 12 x. By Y4 children are expected to be able to recall all their tables. It is also valuable to develop skills in real life contexts so children make links with their learning e.g. cooking to develop maths skills relating to weight, using time tables for trains and buses, telling the time, finding focussed sight words in books/ magazines/ newspapers. Guidance on age group expectations can be found on the school website.

Improving key life skills

Social skills, evaluation skills, problem solving, managing feelings and working collaboratively are key life skills. Developing key life skills improves children’s motivation and approach to life and learning. Working together as a team/ sharing/ communicating feelings develops a confident child who has no fear of getting things wrong or having a go! Activities/ games/ helping around the house can develop maths and English skills but also vital life skills and are fun too!

For example:

  • Board games – Playing scrabble is a great way of learning to spell but also teaches turn taking, solving problems, losing! The game ‘Articulate’ develops children’s vocabulary and speaking and listening skills.
  • Card games are great for developing mental maths, independence, patience!
  • Dominoes are a great way to learn number bonds.

Aims of homework:

  • Consolidate and extend learning
  • Practise skills
  • Rehearsal
  • Preparation
  • Positive parent/ child time.

Homework may be set to support a specific and identified need in comprehension, tables or number bonds, sentence work, handwriting or grammar. These will be specific, and time limited.

Guidance and Structure.

Develop a love of reading

Consolidate basic maths skills/Applying and using maths skills in real contexts

Creative Topic Work

Other recommended activities develop key life skills – social skills, collaboration, evaluation, problem solving, managing feelings. They are also important in developing a child’s vocabularly.
EYFS Reading –

with an adult

Books changed on certain days.

 

Weekly

maths activity

phonics/reading

Family projects/ playing games and practical maths

activities

Year 1 Reading –

with an adult

Books changed:

Monday

Word Books

 

Word Books

Bi Weekly:

maths activity

Out on Friday

In on Thursday  

 

Occasional ‘Show and Tell’ preparation or topic research.

 

Family projects

 

Playing board games

 

Practical Maths Activities:

 

Money – counting, going shopping, and calculating the change, currency conversion Upper KS2.

 

Cooking- measuring and weighing, calculating cooking times. Upper KS2 calculating total weight, using scales accurately.

 

Telling the time-

KS1 o’clock, half past, quarter to and past

KS2 5 minute and 1minute accuracy. Using timetables for travel. Calculating time intervals between TV programmes, bus journey’s and car journeys.

 

Year 2 Reading –

with an adult

Books changed:

Monday

 

Word Books

Bi Weekly:

maths activity

Out on Friday

In on Thursday  

 

Year

3 and 4

Reading –

Where possible with an adult

Parents are requested to hear their child ‘performance read aloud’ on a regular basis as a standalone skill.

There will be one piece of maths reading and writing per week over a half term given out in rotation.

 

There will also be 4 challenges based around the wider curriculum.

Year

5 and 6

Reading –

Parents are requested to hear their child ‘performance read aloud’ on a regular basis as a standalone skill.

 

Computer Support

  • Active Learn – maths
  • Bug Club – reading
  • Purple Mash
  • SumDog – maths

Useful Websites for Parents

Click on the images below to visit these sites and support your child. For those sites that require a school login & password please ask your child’s class teacher.

abacus maths active learn

A digital learning space for your pupils and a toolkit for you, so that you can search, plan, allocate and assess all in one place. The more programmes you have in ActiveLearn, the easier your life will be and the more information you’ll have on your children’s progress.

purple mash

Purple Mash is 2Simple’s creative online space for primary school teachers and learners. It is a cross-curricula resource packed with open-ended creative tools and themed curriculum resources. To log in to Purple Mash click on the image.

sumdog

Sumdog: learning that your child will love. Sumdog’s educational games are used in thousands of schools worldwide. They motivate children to work on maths, reading and writing.

As children play, they answer questions – each one personalised to that child’s needs. Meanwhile, Sumdog’s adaptive learning engine guides their progress.

And the best bit? Lots of Sumdog is completely free, with no time limit.