Homework Policy

Revision History

Version Date Comments Review Date
9 Summer 2016 Amended, approved and issued Summer 2017
8 Summer 2014 Amended, approved and issued Summer 2016
7 Summer 2012 Amended, approved and issued Summer 2014
6 July 2010 Amended, approved and issued June 2012
5 September 2008 Amended, approved and issued September 2010
4 November 2007 Approved and issued September 2008
3 September 2006 Approved and issued September 2007
2 September 2005 Approved and issued September 2006
1 September 2005 First draft  

Rationale

Homework is anything children do outside of the school day that contributes to their learning in response to guidance from school.  It encompasses a whole variety of activities, written, practical and oral.  Involvement of parents/carers is essential.

This policy has been developed after consultation with staff and governors.  It also takes account of parent/carer views in recent questionnaires.  In March 2012 the Education Secretary gave schools the power to set their own homework guidelines and stated that homework was ‘part and parcel of a good education’.  At St John’s we believe that it aids learning and is an essential part of education.  It is also good preparation for the next stage and can add to a child’s development.

Reasons for Working at Home

Whilst there are mixed opinions on the value of homework, most schools do set homework and it can reinforce learning.  Encouraging children to learn both at home and school is an important way of establishing a successful dialogue between teaching staff and parents/carers, which is vital.  It can help consolidate learning, help develop the skills of an independent learner and maximise progress for all pupils.  The role of play and free time is also important to a child’s growth and development.  Whilst homework is important, it should not prevent children from taking part in a range of out of school clubs and organisations that play an important part in the lives of many children.  Children have at least 5 days to complete the tasks.

Types of Homework

A variety of homework activities are set including reading, spellings, times tables, research, redrafting, design activities, speaking and listening, science, active learn, My Maths, phonics etc.  All tasks are appropriate to the ability of the child.  Some children may take additional ‘challenge homework’ or complete pupil passport work.  There is an expectation that children complete homework tasks to the best of their ability and on time.

Role of Parents/Carers

Parents have a primary role to play in their child’s education and homework is a vital part.  Parents are asked to support their child to complete homework tasks that are set.  A lunchtime club is provided for children who have a genuine difficulty completing the work at home or fail to complete the work.

Homework is not set formally over half term but additional reading, Active team or My Maths may be accessed on line by children from home.  Parents/Carers may encourage their children to do investigation, research projects, practical work and discussions as well.

Foundation Stage

Nursery
Activity book once a week.
Nursery rhyme once a week.

Reception
Activity book once a week.
Home reading at least twice a week.
Phonics once a week.

KS1
English/Maths activity each week.
Phonics/spelling daily.
Reading daily.

KS2
Y3/Y4
2 homework tasks once a week.
Reading daily.
Spelling daily.

KS2
Y5/Y6
Spelling daily, reading daily.
Maths once a week.
Literacy once a week.
Occasional research projects.

(Occasionally a research/task will be linked to the class topic)

Homework Policy – Version 9 – Summer 2016