We feel that our younger children work hard in class and are therefore not given formal ‘homework’. However, reading books are sent home on a regular basis and, as the children progress through Key Stage 1, spelling lists are issued and children are encouraged to learn selected words for a weekly test. They will also be given occasional literacy and numeracy tasks, in order to help them feel at ease with the demands of Key Stage 1 SATs.
At Key Stage 2, homework is set on a more regular basis and is again focused on the core areas of literacy and numeracy. This may take the form of some maths problems, or conducting some research into a topic being covered in class. Older children in particular need to prepare for secondary school in terms of organising their own work and completing it within a given period of time. To assist with this, children in Key Stage 2 are issued with a home-school diary in which they can record the details of homework tasks and both teachers and parents can check these.
Parents are encouraged to support their children in becoming accustomed to completing homework. However, we do request that their efforts are restricted to some initial guidance, if requested, and to proof-reading. Please resist the temptation to ‘do-it-yourself’.