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Our emphasis is on how homework helps your child to learn, rather than on whether it takes a certain amount of time. For example, some children will work quicker than others and get more done in less time.The amount and type of homework we set is at a level which most people feel is reasonable and is in line with pre - 2012 Department for Education guidelinesdetailed below:

 

The rough guidelines for primary school children are:

 

  • Years 1 and 2: one hour per week
  • Years 3 and 4: 1.5 hours per week
  • Years 5 and 6: 30 minutes per day

 

Your child shouldn’t be expected to spend much longer on homework than the guide times. It doesn’t matter if activities don't take as long as the guide times as long as they are useful. Schools should organise homework carefully so that children aren't asked to do too much on any one day.

 

The Guidelines also state;

 

All homework activities should be related to work that children are doing at school. However, homework should not always be written work (see illustration).

 

For younger children it will largely be:

  • reading with parents or carers
  • informal games to practice mathematical skills

For older children homework activities may include:

  • reading
  • preparing a presentation to the class
  • finding out information
  • making something
  • trying out a simple scientific experiment
  • cooking

 

It doesn’t matter if activities don't take as long as the guide times as long as they are useful.

 

Why is homework important?

• It raises your children’s achievement

• It consolidates and extends the work they have done in school

• It helps to inform you about your children’s school work and allows and gives you the opportunity to support this work

• It is a valuable life skill and develops good work habits for secondary school and future employment.

 

What homework should my child be doing?

This varies with different year groups but you will be informed at the beginning of each year.

 

Feedback on your child's homework

The children need to know how well they have done and what they could do better. Sometimes work will be discussed in lessons, or teachers may give written comments on just one or two aspects of a piece of work. If a child has difficulties with a piece of homework, they should discuss it with their teacher or you might wish to discuss the problem with us yourself.

 

Should I help my child with homework?

Homework allows you to see what your children are doing and to support their learning. This partnership between school and home is a vital part of successful education. We take the view that children are likely to get more out of an activity if parents get involved -as long as they do not take over too much!

 

If you are unsure about how much help to give, you should discuss it with your child's teacher. They will be pleased to see you and will help you to get the balance right. Please contact your child’s class teacher at the start/end of the school day by email, note or through the home-school book should you need to ask a question related to the homework which has been set.

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