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Homework

At Bentley Heath, the volume of homework increases slowly in line with the age and stage of the children. We encourage reading at home every day as this will have the greatest impact on your child’s progress.

 

Reception

Children in the EYFS are learning continuously through play which is recorded daily on Tapestry. Anything happening outside of school is welcomed to be shared on Tapestry. Alongside this, children in Reception receive a reading book which is matched to their phonic knowledge and a library book which is a book chosen by the child. All books are changed on a weekly basis.

Daily
  •  Daily reading to and / or with your child
Friday
  • Reading for Pleasure books will be changed every Friday (and Phonics books once the children are at the right stage of the Read Write Inc Programme)

 

KS1

As children progress through KS1, weekly reading books and library books are still provided. During this stage spellings are also issued which are tested on a weekly basis. Children are also given one piece of Maths/ Literacy based homework each week.

Year 1

Daily
  • Daily reading to and / or with your child
Tuesday
  • One piece of homework linked to Maths or English (alternated)
Thursday
  • Spellings sent home to be tested the following Thursday
Friday
  • Phonics reading books will be changed every Friday

 

Year 2

Daily
  • Daily reading to and / or with your child
Tuesday
  • One piece of homework linked to Maths or English (alternated)
Thursday
  • Spellings sent home to be tested the following Thursday
Friday
  • Phonics books will be changed every Friday

Children in Year 2 will begin to access Times Table Rockstars as part of their homework as the year progresses

 

KS2

At Key Stage 2, homework is set on a more regular basis and is focused on the core areas of literacy and numeracy. Spellings, reading books and library books are still provided on a weekly basis. In years 3,4 and 5 one piece of Maths/ Literacy based homework is set. In Year 6, there is one piece of Maths and Literacy based homework provided weekly. Access to Times Table Rockstars is available and encouraged.

 

Years 3, 4 and 5

Daily
  • Daily reading
  • Times Table Rockstars (at least 30 minutes spread throughout the week)
Tuesday
  • One piece of homework linked to Maths or English (alternated)
Thursday
  • Spellings tested each Thursday (these are sent out at the start of each half term) Use Purple Mash and / or Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check sheets to consolidate and practise

 

Year 6

Daily
  • Daily reading
  • Times Table Rockstars (at least 30 minutes spread throughout the week)
Thursday
  • Spellings tested each Thursday (these are sent out at the start of each half term) Use Purple Mash and / or Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check sheets to consolidate and practise
Friday
  • One piece of homework linked to Maths
  • One piece of homework linked to English, including Punctuation and Grammar

 

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’.

Please note that teachers do not explicitly mark each piece of completed homework, but it will be recognised and rewarded.  This is because we want to ensure that our teachers are able to make best use of their time, and the function of homework is to provide consolidation and practice; we encourage parents and carers to support their child with this if necessary.

Your child’s class teacher will make sure they look at their homework and, if there are misconceptions, they will feedback verbally to your child or give you this feedback.  Similarly, if you notice that your child particularly struggled with something, this is useful feedback for their teacher.