At Thorpe Primary School we are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our pupils so they can learn in a relaxed and secure atmosphere. We believe every pupil should be able to participate in all school activities in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from harm. This is the responsibility of every adult employed by, or invited to deliver services at, Thorpe Primary School. We recognise our responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all our pupils by protecting them from physical, sexual or emotional abuse, neglect and bullying.
Rationale for homework
We believe homework consolidates and reinforces skills and understanding in Maths, English and oth- er curriculum areas. It helps raise the level of achievement of individual pupils, provides opportunities for parents/carers and children to work together and thereby, fosters an effective partnership be- tween home and school. Homework may encompass a number of tasks or activities which pupils are asked to do on their own or with their parents/carers in order to reinforce curricular objectives and learning outcomes.
We believe homework should be:
- interesting and rewarding for all children;
- integrated into everyday planning and set by the class teacher;
- differentiated to cater for individual children’s learning needs;
- clearly understood so that children understand when, what and how the work is to be done;
- marked and fed back to the children promptly.We value the support of parents/carers and we believe that this policy will be successful if there is a strong partnership between home and school which is reflected in the Home-School Agreement.
Aims and Objectives
We consider the aims and objectives of homework are:
• to enable pupils to make maximum progress in their academic development;
• to help pupils develop the skills of an independent learner;
• to promote cooperation between home and school in supporting each child’s learning;
• to consolidate learning done in school, and to allow children to practise skills taught in lessons;
• to help children develop good work habits for the future.
In Foundation Stage, children will be provided with a daily Reading Book, Letter & Sounds and High Frequency Words to take home. We expect children in Foundation Stage to spend approximately for- ty minutes a week on home activities, and this will include reading with a parent/carer.
In Key Stage 1, children will be provided with a daily Reading Book, High Frequency Words, Spellings and Number Facts to take home. We expect children in Key Stage 1 to spend up to one hour a week on home activities, and this will include reading with a parent/carer.
At Key Stage 2, children will have a Reading Book, Spellings, Mental Maths and biweekly Maths & Eng- lish homework. We encourage children in Year 3 & 4 approximately one and a half hours on homework- type activities per week and we expect children in Year 5 & 6 to spend approximately two hours a week.
We set homework for all children as a normal part of school life. We ensure that tasks set are ap- propriate to the ability of the child, and we endeavour to adapt activities so that all children can con- tribute in a positive way. We value and celebrate the Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural (SMSC) as- pects of learning within the homework set for our pupils and we appreciate the enrichment that this brings. We are also aware of and follow the guidelines from Ofsted, raising standards improving lives. School inspection handbook. September 2014:“Teachers set homework in line with the school’s policy and that it challenges all pupils, especially the most able.”
The Role of Parents/Carers
Parents and carers have a vital role to play in their child’s education, and homework is an important part of this process. We ask parents/carers to encourage their child to complete the homework tasks that are set. We invite them to help their child as and when they feel it to be necessary, and to provide them with the sort of environment that allows them to do their best. Parents and carers can support their child by providing a good working space at home, by enabling their child to visit the li- brary regularly, and by discussing the work that their child is doing. Ideally parents/carers should read with their child every day to help them develop a love of books and stories and help them to grow in confidence.
If parents/carers have any questions about homework, they should, in the first instance, contact the child’s class teacher. Homework is seen in part as a preparation for the more independent learning undertaken at secondary school. If homework is not completed, the child will be asked to complete the work at playtime or lunchtime. We run an after-school Homework Club for children in Key Stage 2 needing support in the completion of activities. Internet access is also made available in school at lunchtime for children who are unable to complete any ICT tasks at home.
Use of ICT
The use of ICT and the Internet has made a significant contribution to the amount of reference ma- terial available at home, and the ease and speed with which it can be accessed. However, the child’s safety is paramount in all matters regarding use of the internet and we advise parents/carers to al- ways supervise their child’s access to the internet. A copy of the school’s E-Safety policy is available from the School Office and may also be found on the school website.
This policy is in line with the Equality Act 2010 and it is the responsibility of the Governing Body to review annually or when the need arises the effectiveness of this school Homework Policy.
Policy reviewed by Chair of Governors: Date:
Renewal Date: December 2015