We have slimmed down our homework to enable parents to support their children in the learning of basic skills
- From Class 1 – Class 4 all children are expected to read at home at least 3 times a week, learn their weekly spellings and revise the previous year group spellings and to learn the multiplication tables confidently.
- In Class 4 we have introduced a reading comprehension book to develop their understanding of texts further. We expect that by the end of class 3 the children are confident in their basic skills due to this extra support from home.
- In Class 5 the children will bring home a reading comprehension book and a maths workbook alternatively to give the children chance to apply the knowledge and skills learnt in class.
- In Class 6 the children are given SATS buster books to complete in class and at home to help prepare them for the end of year SATS and the homework expectations in Secondary school.
Some tips to help with homework
Children are more successful in school when parents take an active interest in their homework — it shows children that what they do is important. Of course, helping with homework shouldn’t mean spending hours hunched over a desk. Parents can be supportive by demonstrating study and organisation skills, explaining a tricky problem or just encouraging children to have a go.
- Set up a homework-friendly area. Make sure children have a well-lit place to complete homework. Keep stationary — paper, pencils, glue, scissors — within reach.
- Keep distractions to a minimum. This means no TV, loud music, or phone calls. (Occasionally, though, a phone call to a classmate about a piece of homework can be helpful.)
- Make sure children do their own work. They won’t learn if they don’t think for themselves and make their own mistakes. Parents can make suggestions and help with directions. However, it is the child’s job to do the learning.
- Sign the children’s reading record each time they read.
- Be a motivator and monitor. Ask about homework, quizzes, and tests. Give encouragement, check completed homework, and make yourself available for questions and concerns.
- Set a good example. Do your children ever see you reading a book? Children are more likely to follow their parents’ examples than their advice.
- Praise their work and efforts. Praise children when they have tried really hard and completed some work. Mention academic achievements to relatives.
- Ask for help. We are more than happy to help with any homework dilemmas you might have or spend some time with you explaining how you can help your child with a particular piece of homework. Please come in and ask.