Our Home Work Policyour main Home Work Policy
This policy is a statement of the aims, principles and strategies for the issuing of homework.
We consider that homework can support the child's learning, foster the vital links between home and school, enable parents to have knowledge of the work being done during the school day and ensure that teachers and parents work together to promote self -discipline and good working habits.
This policy will ensure consistency of approach throughout the school.
Homework is set by teachers for the benefit of the pupils and requires the co-operation and involvement of parents. Homework is an important part of school policy; its nature will change with pupils' progress through school.
Homework will be produced using the high standards of presentation expected during class work. Homework is set to raise standards achieved by children.
The needs of the individual pupil will be taken into account.
Purposes of Homework
- To develop an effective partnership between the school and parents
- To ensure progression towards independence and individual responsibility
- To involve parents in the pupil's work
- To provide opportunities for parents and pupils to work together
- To enjoy learning experiences
- To encourage pupils to develop good working habits and self discipline as they move through school life
- To extend and reinforce classroom activities and learning experiences offered to pupils
- To develop skills of investigation, research and independent learning
- We intend the term "homework" to mean a variety of things
- Child and parent finding out/ working on a task together
- Researching a topic, e.g. visits, reference activities
- Individual tasks relevant to the pupil for consolidation or to practice work introduced in school
- Finishing off work not completed during the time allocated in school
- Finding something to bring in for the classroom or preparing for a lesson
- Preparing an oral presentation
- Learning spellings and tables
- Literacy related work
- Reading practice
- Word and number games
Specifically this means that
- Children at all stages are expected to read regularly at home, silently and aloud (a variety of reading matter) and to discuss what they are reading
- Children will learn weekly spellings and tables appropriate to their age and ability
- Other works will be given as appropriate according to the demand of the curriculum
- 'Set' homework will be expected to be completed and submitted on time
- Children in classes 1 and onwards will be given increasingly more homework in order to help them adapt to the discipline of homework at secondary school level
- More than one evening may be allowed for some home work to be completed. This will be made clear to the pupil at the time the homework is given
- Homework will be assessed and followed up as appropriate, e.g. by marking or giving a test
- All children may have a home/school reading record book
- Children with Special Educational Needs will be given homework appropriate for their needs. Close
co-operation will exist between class teachers and special needs support staff In all of the above, the giving of homework shall remain flexible and adaptable to meet the demands of the curriculum.
In support of this policy, parents should
- Provide a reasonably peaceful, suitable place in which the pupil can do their homework
- Be prepared to work with the pupil to support their work at home
- Make it clear to the pupil that they value homework and support the school in explaining how it can help their learning
- Encourage pupils to present work to a suitably high standard
- Praise pupils when they have completed their homework