We aim to promote a partnership approach to learning because we believe this to be beneficial to our pupils.
We aim to:
- encourage progression towards independent learning
- meet the needs of individual pupils
- provide parents/guardians with clear guidelines
- improve the quality of learning experience we offer to pupils
- extend and support classroom learning
- provide opportunities for parents, pupils and school to work in partnership
- encourage children to develop long term strategies to support them with their future education
- prepare children for transfer to Secondary School
The role of the teacher:
- the type and amount of work must be manageable for teachers.
- feedback may be marking the work, discussion or testing.
- we praise children for working at home and recognise their efforts.
The role of parents/carers:
- to provide a reasonably peaceful, suitable place in which their child can work.
- encourage children and praise them for completing homework.
- support the work of the class teacher e.g. testing spellings, discussing books, and talking with children about their day.
The type and amount of homework: Our main focus is on English and Maths. Regular reading experiences are vital for all ages and pupils are asked to learn words and spellings regularly.
Maths homework is linked to the classroom experiences and Key Instant Recall Facts ( KIRFS ).Older children are given more demanding tasks such as finding out information and preparing oral presentations. We try to ensure that not too much homework time is spent "finishing off" written work started in class. Each class teacher establishes a familiar routine and communicates this to parents at the beginning of the school year.
During the Foundation stage, we hope parents spend time reading with their children and books are sent home for this purpose. Key Stage 1 children should be spending approximately 1 hour per week doing homework. Throughout Key Stage 2 the time increases to no more than 2 hours unless the individual is well motivated to work independently. Care is taken when preparing work for pupils with special educational needs so that they can succeed.