At Woden Primary School we believe homework consolidates and reinforces skills and understanding in maths, literacy and other curriculum areas, helps raise the level of achievement of individual pupils, provides opportunities for parents and children to work together and, thereby, fostering an effective partnership between home and school.
We value the support of parents/carers and we believe that success is possible if there is a strong partnership between home and school which is reflected in the Home-School Agreement.
We recognise that all children need leisure time and hope that we strike a balance so children can extend and consolidate their learning with parental support while still allowing ‘down time.’ A breakdown of how homework is structured is provided below. This has been designed to encourage a gradual progression of skills and expectation so by the time children reach Year 6 they have established a clear routine in preparation for secondary school.
Foundation Stage (Nursery/Reception)
- Pupils will be given tasks that they can complete with family members. These tasks will be posted on Class Dojo by the class teacher.
- These could include arts and crafts as well as English and Maths challenges.
- Home sound sheets from RWI to say and practice writing. These will be sent at the end of each week according to each child’s ability.
- Read at home 3 days a week and this should be recorded in the homework diary.
Key Stage One (Years 1 and 2)
- Pupils will regularly bring home a sheet to practise the sound that they have been learning; this will also include related words and letter formation.
- Common Exception Words and Tricky words will be given for the children to learn to read and spell.
- Pupils will be given a purple homework book with weekly tasks given. These will include online learning via Education City, Sumdog or ICT games.
- Pupils will be given a maths and/or writing activity in their book each week. This work will be marked and given back to each pupil.
- Pupils are expected to read and discuss their book at least 3 times. The reading diary should be completed each time.
- A creative learning grid will be provided which will include specific instructions for that week.
Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6)
Pupils will be given a purple homework book, with a task sheet inside. Children will be set a variety of different tasks involving many areas of the curriculum. Children are allowed to answer and complete their homework in a creative way. (See appendix). Tasks to be completed fortnightly.
- Pupils are expected to read at least three times a week. The reading diary should be completed each time.
- Learning of multiplication facts ongoing via online learning tasks.
- Pupils to follow expectations in their purple books
Example homework in Key Stage 2:
The idea of the homework book is to make homework fun and creative! Children can only use one double page each week, and so will need to be creative in how they use the page! Envelopes, different kinds of paper, folding, colour and different types of pens can and should be used! If children need resources that they don’t have at home, teachers will be happy to help. Examples of how homework can be presented are pictured below.
We hope children have fun and that parents have the opportunity to share in their child’s learning.