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Why do we have home learning?

At Hudson Primary we believe that parents and carers who are involved in their children’s learning help them to make faster progress, to gain confidence in their own abilities and to achieve better results.

Our home learning aims:

  • To promote links between home and school in supporting each child’s learning.
  • To consolidate and reinforce the learning done in school and to allow children to practice skills taught in lessons.
  • To help children develop the skills of an independent learner.
  • To help children develop good work habits for the future.
  • To foster a love of learning at all times in life.


Why daily reading?

Reading is the gateway to all learning and it is important that all our children leave school with good reading skills.  To achieve this it is essential that parents hear their child read regularly.  We recommend that parents of children in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 listen to their child read daily and parents of children at Key Stage 2 listen to their child read at least 3 times a week. 


Please write in the reading record when you hear your child read, as this is an excellent way of letting the teacher know how your child is getting on.  Reading records are monitored by teachers every week and teachers will sign/sticker the diaries of any children who have read at least the minimum number of times in the chart at the front of the diary.  Children will receive recognition of their commitment to reading.


Is presentation important?

The use of ICT and the Internet has increased the amount of reference material available at home, and the ease and speed with which it can be accessed. However, our teachers expect children to produce their own work, perhaps by editing something they have found, or by       expressing it in their own words. The children are not achieving anything worthwhile by merely downloading and printing out something that has been written by somebody else. Home learning should be completed in a handwriting pen or pencil depending upon what your child usually uses in school.


How much home learning will my child get?

As they move through the school we increase the amount of home learning we give children.  The amounts set are based on guidelines that were issued to schools by the DfES in 1998.


Foundation Stage and Year 1 - approximately 30 minutes per week moving to an hour (mainly reading and phonics but occasional spelling/ writing/numeracy/learning journey work).


Year 2 - approximately 1 hour moving towards 2 hours per week (reading, spelling, writing,   numeracy and a termly research project for learning journey work).


Years 3 and 4 - approximately 2 – 2.5 hours per week (reading, spelling, writing, times tables, numeracy and a termly research project for learning journey work).


Years 5 and 6 - approximately 30 - 45 minutes a day (reading, spelling, writing, times tables, numeracy and a termly research project for learning journey work).


In Years 2-6 children in the same class may be set different home learning tasks according to their age and ability. 


How can I help?

  • Have a positive attitude towards home learning and encourage lifelong learning – use this time as a chance to impart knowledge and support the link between home and school.  Make it clear to your child that you value home learning.
  • Provide a quiet place where your child can do their home learning.
  • Support your child in the completion of home learning – help, reward and praise.
  • Write on the home learning if your child had difficulties or found the task particularly easy.


What will happen to the home learning?

Teachers will mark the work in a variety of ways and provide the children with feedback.  They will keep a record of completed home learning and spelling scores – these are returned on your spelling home learning sheet at the end of the week.  Please feel free to ask how your child is doing. 

Each half term when projects are collected in work will be displayed within each child's classroom, teachers will take time out to celebrate the work on the day of return, and class dojo points will be rewarded for home learning efforts returned on time.


When will my child have home learning?

Hudson Primary has adopted a timetable to help children and parents know when to expect home learning.

Year group



Reception & Year 1

Bring in:

Reading records and books


Take home:

Some key words and alien non-words.

Half termly tasks related to learning journey 1 sheet per term.

Weekly maths, phonics and literacy activities.

Years 2,3,4,5 and 6


Bring in

Reading records and books

SAT work if set – Y2/6

Take part in

Spelling test and timetables test

Maths/literacy and work review each half term from Collins home learning text books

Years 2,3,4,5 and 6


Take home

Reading records and books

Take home

New spelling words timetables focus with results from the previous week.

Collins literacy and maths work page numbers.

SAT focus activities (Y2 & 6)

Reading:  It is important that your child reads on a daily basis and brings their book to school every day.  Additionally all families can use Bug club for reading – our online reading scheme, children have individual passwords for personalised book selections made by their class teacher.