Why do we have homework?
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 homework 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.
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 a minimum of 3 times a week and parents of children at Key Stage 2 listen to their child read at least once 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 the diaries of any children who have read at least the minimum number of times in the chart at the front of the diary.
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. Homework should be completed in a handwriting pen or pencil depending upon what your child usually uses in school.
How much homework will my child get?
As they move through the school we increase the amount of homework 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 to 1 hour per week (mainly reading but occasional spelling/ writing/numeracy/learning journey work).
Year 2 - approximately 1 hour to 1.5 hours per week (reading, spelling, writing, numeracy. Occasional research for learning journey work).
Years 3 and 4 - approximately 1.5 hours to 2 hours per week (reading, spelling, writing, numeracy. Occasional research for learning journey work).
Years 5 and 6 - approximately 30 minutes to 45 minutes a day (an emphasis on numeracy and literacy, but also including a wider range of subjects).
In Years 2-6 children in the same class may be set different homework tasks according to their age and ability.
How can I help?
- Provide a quiet place where your child can do their homework.
- Support your child in the completion of homework.
- Write on the homework if your child had difficulties or found the task particularly easy.
- Make it clear to your child that you value homework.
- Encourage your child and praise them when they try hard and complete homework.
- Join in with the homework of younger pupils.
What will happen to the homework?
Teachers will mark the work in a variety of ways and provide the children with feedback. They will keep a record of completed homework and spelling scores – these are returned on your spelling homework 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.
When will my child have homework?
Hudson Primary has adopted a timetable to help children and parents know when to expect homework.
Reading: It is important that your child reads on a daily basis and brings their book to school every day. Your child will have a Learning Journey task to complete each half term. This will go on display in their class area. They should work on it each week until it has to be returned.
This year in addition to our current online homework programmes of Bug club for reading, I am Learning for general learning activities, children all have independent passwords and user names for these - they are educationally approved and safe sites.
New! During the summer holidays teachers recommend activity books for families to keep learning in the home alive and prepare children for their return in September. Advice and guidance is provided for families, but again this link between home and school is an essential part of learning growth and continued progress for each child.