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Homework policy

Rationale

Homework in Devonshire is seen as an integral part of children’s work as a whole. It is set in the interests of consistency and progression and to foster the habit of self-discipline. The purpose of this policy is to state what homework will be given to children and what is required of parents/carers in supporting their child in his/her homework.

Principles

Homework should:

  • reflect and complement work being undertaken in class;
  • provide opportunities for extension and reinforcement;
  • be differentiated, by task or outcome, to meet the needs of all children, including more able children;
  • be given on a regular basis.

Teachers will provide timely feedback to children on the quality of their homework in accordance with the school's feedback and marking policy. Feedback may be given through

  • class work (for example class discussion or feedback on work of which the homework assignment is a part or asking children to review their own work in small groups);
  • tests (for example tables and spellings);
  • marking;
  • individual comments from the teacher (for example on written assignments);
  • at a more general level, children's efforts may be recognised by the award of team points or merit mentions.

The Homework Tables set out below indicate what is considered appropriate for each year group as regular and occasional homework. Individual teachers may decide that there are special circumstances why homework may not be given at the time set out in the Homework Tables or that additional homework may be required.

Parent/carer responsibilities

The support of parents/carers is essential in encouraging children to carry out homework. Parents/carers must ensure that there is time and an appropriate place provided for homework. Children in the Foundation Stage and KS1 will generally need assistance with their homework. Children in KS2 will increasingly require less assistance. KS2 children are expected to complete homework and hand it to their class teacher by the required time.

Reading, whether reading with a child, listening or ensuring that there is time and a place provided for children to read is key homework. Parents/carers of all children should regularly listen to their child reading, daily for children in Reception and KS1. This support is a key factor in the progress made by a child. Children in KS2 should read at least 3 times a week.

Parents/carers may use their child's contact book to provide feedback to a teacher on how well their child did the homework and on whether the activities were interesting/too easy/too hard etc.

Homework information

Nursery
Reception
Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Year 4
Year 5
Year 6

Regular homework in Nursery

Reading

Once or twice a week

Spelling

None

Maths

Maths games once a week

Other

Encourage independence

Occasional homework in Nursery (when appropriate)

Observations e.g. types of birds visiting garden

Learning words of songs/rhymes

Regular homework in Reception

Reading

Daily + key words

Weekly focus letter - formation and recognition

Spelling

None

Maths

Termly Maths targets

Number recognition

Other

Be an independent dresser

Occasional homework in Reception (when appropriate)

Activities to reinforce Maths or English work

Contribution toward Learning Journeys

Learn song words or scripts for assemblies or other performances

Topic and holiday activities

Regular homework in Year 1

Reading

Daily keywords

Spelling

From first half of Spring term

Given Monday; to be returned by/tested on following Monday

Maths

Numeracy from second half Spring term

Other

Phonic Sheet

Revise phone number and address

Name the main parts of the body

Topic activities

Additional support work (where required)

Letter formation in Autumn term

Occasional homework in Year 1 (when appropriate)

Independent writing

Research

Maths games

Additional support e.g. ELS activities

Learn song words or scripts for assemblies or other performances

Regular homework in Year 2

Reading

Daily

Spelling

Weekly from Autumn half- term.

Given Friday; to be returned by/tested on following Friday

Maths

Numeracy (from Spring term)

Given Friday; to be returned by/tested on following Monday or Tuesday

Other

Science or topic work at certain times of the year

Occasional homework in Year 2 (when appropriate)

Number work

Research

Handwriting

Learn song words or scripts for assemblies or other performances

Regular homework in Year 3

Reading

Daily

Spelling

Weekly

Maths

Tables

Weekly maths sheet

Other

Tables

Weekly maths sheet

Occasional homework in Year 3 (when appropriate)

Finishing work

Research

Maths

Number Bonds

Learn song words or scripts for assemblies or other performances

Regular homework in Year 4

Reading

At least every other day

Spelling

Given Friday; to be returned by/tested on following Friday

Maths

Tables + number bonds

Mental arithmetic

Weekly maths sheet given Friday; to be returned by/tested on following Monday

Other

Literacy - project work over a half-term

Literacy - Weekly given Monday; to be returned by/tested on following Friday

Occasional homework in Year 4 (when appropriate)

Finishing work

Research

Holiday Diary

Learn song words or scripts for assemblies or other performances

 

 

Regular homework in Year 5

Reading

At least 3 times a week

Spelling

Given Friday; to be returned by/tested on following Friday

Maths

Given Friday; to be returned by/tested on following Wednesday

Other

Weekly literacy homework (or alternative task) given Monday; to be returned by/tested on following Thursday

Occasional homework in Year 5 (when appropriate)

Research

Project work

Learn song words or scripts for assemblies or other performances

Regular homework in Year 6

Reading

At least 3 times a week

Spelling

Spelling sheet Friday; to be returned by/tested on following Monday

Spelling log Wednesday; to be tested on following Friday

Maths

Tables

Maths sheet given Monday; to be returned by/tested on following Wednesday

Other

Finishing work

Literacy sheet given Wednesday; to be returned by/tested on following Friday

Science sheet given Monday; to be returned by/tested on following Wednesday

Weekly general knowledge

Preparation for SATs (during Spring term)

General knowledge Friday; to be returned by/tested on following Monday

Occasional homework in Year 6 (when appropriate)

Topic / project work (at least once a term)

Learn song words or scripts for assemblies or other performances

Homework

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