At Nailsworth C of E Primary School, homework is considered an important part of a child’s development and education. Homework plays a positive role in raising a child’s level of attainment and is an integral part of the curriculum – it is planned and prepared alongside all other programmes of learning.
One of the aims of our teaching is for children to develop as independent, successful learners. We believe that doing homework is one of the ways in which children can begin to really participate in their own journey of learning. This is most successful when it’s supported by adults at home.
In the Foundation Stage (Reception) and at Key Stage 1 (Years 1-2) we give children books to take home and read with their parents. We give guidance to parents on achieving the maximum benefit from this time spent reading with their child. We also ask Key Stage 1 children to learn spellings or mathematical tables as part of their homework. When we ask children to study a topic, or to research a particular subject, we encourage children to use not only school books but also the local library, as well as the internet.
At Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6) we continue to give children homework activities similar to those outlined above and we expect children to consolidate and reinforce the learning done in school through practice at home. We also set homework as a means of helping the children to revise for examinations, as well as to ensure that prior learning has been understood, specifically in Year 6.
Homework is marked and/or given feedback in a variety of age appropriate ways. Homework completed well is acknowledged and praised – each class has their own rewards system. There may be issues arising from the work, which the teacher will follow up in lesson time.
If parents have any questions about homework, they should, in the first instance, contact the child’s class teacher. For further information about school policy on homework, please refer to our homework policy.
We ask parents to encourage their child to complete the homework tasks that are set. We invite them to help their children as and when they feel it to be necessary, to provide them with the sort of environment that allows children to do their best. Parents can support their child by providing a good working space at home, by enabling their child to visit the library regularly, and by discussing the work that their child is doing.
For more ideas on how to help your child at home with spelling and reading, including access to practice SATs papers, please visit our English page by clicking here.
For more ideas on how to help your child at home with maths, please visit our Maths page by clicking here. On this page you can also access SATs practice papers and information about learning times tables.