Homework

People have very different opinions about the purpose and structure of homework let alone whether it should exist.  Under old guidelines, children aged 5-7 were told to have a hour a week, which rose to half an hour a night for 7-11 year olds.  However, those guidelines were removed and it is left for a school to make their own decisions.

Following on from our consultation survey in October, and as part of our ongoing Parent/Carer voice, we asked for your opinions about homework.

The key points from the responses are below but the full set of responses can be viewed here:

  • You would like regular phonics/spellings, maths and reading homework for your children
  • You would like a choice/mix of specific skills questions and/or a selection over the term to choose

What we will do next:

  • We shall ensure that instructions are clear on the homework sheets
  • We shall ensure that homework is marked and returned
  • We shall provide cardboard folders for any pupils who ask to store and collect their homework
  • We shall consider introducing a set of tasks that can be completed over the term

There are three main areas that will always help and support a pupil’s learning and their impact can never be underestimated.

  • Maths
    • number bonds: e.g. 7 + [] = 12 and [] – 8 = 3
    • times tables: e.g. 8 x [] = 56 and 63 ÷ [] = 9
    • place value: e.g. that 30 is 100 times larger than 0.3 and  6 in 34,068 has the value of 60
    • understanding the structure of a fraction: e.g. that 3/8 means 3 parts out of 8 and is equal to 6/16
  • Reading
    • phonics: knowing the sounds that different letters can make e.g. y, e, ea and ee can all make the same sound in happy, athlete, meal and cheese
    • fluency: e.g. the speed that a child can read at with accuracy and expression
    • inference: “reading between the lines” What information can be assumed or guessed based on the evidence provided? What job does a man with muddy boots do?
    • depth of vocabulary: e.g. understanding the meaning of the words/phrases that they hear and read
  • Writing
    • spelling common exception words: e.g. what, when, which, much, today, said, here, does, they, some, was, people, because, only, every
    • common spelling rules: e.g. church – churches (plurals); make – making (add ‘ing’) ; try – tried (add ‘ed’)
    • root words: e.g. differ – different – differing – differed; craze – crazy – crazier – craziest – craziness
    • synonyms: alternative words for common words – see depth of vocabulary above

While a small number of families feel that homework has a negative impact on home-life and that holidays are not for school work, we shall continue to provide homework with the aim that all pupils complete it to the best of their ability.  Please remember that if you have any questions regarding specific homework, do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher.

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