parent information about homework

Why Give Homework?

Extensive research has been conducted into the value and relevance of homework. At Parkroyal we believe that homework is important as it reinforces and extends the teaching and learning that occurs during the school day.  Homework encourages parental involvement in children’s learning and helps to develop independence.

 

Our Vision

• To ensure there is consistency across the school

• To develop pupils’ confidence, organisation and the self-discipline required to study independently and away from school

• It will extend skills learned in school, particularly in literacy and numeracy

• To continue to extend our partnership with parents, inviting them to be actively involved in children’s learning

• To prepare older children for the differing challenges and expectations of secondary education

• To inform parents about work going on in class

• To further stimulate enthusiasm for learning

“The quality of the task set appears to be more important than the quantity of work required from the pupil.” Education Endowment Foundation.

 

Expectations and Routines

This is an overview of the coverage of homework across all year groups.

Reception

  • Reading - 10 minutes (daily)

  • English - Letters and Sounds (weekly)

  • Maths - Optional Challenge cards

  • Topic - 6 Ways to be Smart (half termly)

Year 1

  • Reading - 10 minutes (daily)

  • English - Letters and Sounds (weekly)

  • Maths - Mathletics tasks

  • Topic - 6 Ways to be Smart (half termly)

  • Times tables expectation - count in multiples of 2,5 and 10. Recall and use double of all numbers to 10 and corresponding halves.

Year 2

  • Reading - 15-20 minutes (daily)

  • English - Spellings (weekly)

  • Maths - Mathletics tasks

  • Topic - 6 Ways to be Smart (half termly)

  • Times tables expectation - recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2,5 and 10 multiplication table.

Year 3

  • Reading - 15-20 minutes (daily)

  • English - Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar tasks (SPaG) (weekly)

  • Maths - Mathletics tasks

  • Topic - 6 Ways to be Smart (half termly)

  • Times tables expectation - recall and use multiplication and division facts for 3,4 and 8 multiplication tables.

Year 4

  • Reading - 15-20 minutes (daily)

  • English - Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar tasks (SPaG) (weekly)

  • Maths - Mathletics tasks

  • Topic - 6 Ways to be Smart (half termly)

  • Times tables expectation - recall multiplication and division facts for multiplication tables up to 12 x 12.

Year 5

  • Reading - 20 minutes (daily)

  • English - Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar tasks (SPaG) (weekly)

  • Maths - Mathletics tasks

  • Topic - 6 Ways to be Smart (half termly)

  • Times tables expectation - revision of all times tables and division facts up to 12 x 12.

Year 6

  • Reading - 20 minutes (daily)

  • English - Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar tasks (SPaG) (weekly)

  • Maths - Mathletics tasks

  • Topic - 6 Ways to be Smart (half termly)

  • Times tables expectation - revision of all times tables and division facts up to 12 x 12.

In addition, Years 2 and 6 may send extra homework during SATs preparation.

Children who access specific interventions at school may be given tasks to help consolidate their learning.

“The broader evidence base suggests that short focused tasks or activities which relate directly to what is being taught, and which are built upon in school, are likely to be more effective than regular daily homework.” The Sutton Trust and Education Endowment Foundation (EEF)

Parents can expect:

  • Sufficient time for their child to complete each homework task.

  • The handout and due days will be published on the website.

  • Staff to acknowledge and celebrate the work, marking using the school’s policy where appropriate.

  • To have homework organised in a specific book for consistency.

Support

  • Most children have access to the internet, and there are many excellent learning sites. They use many of these at school, and there will be links to these on our new website.

  • If you need support in accessing the internet to complete homework tasks, please see your child’s teacher who will be happy to help.

 

Six Ways to be Smart

The children will be expected and encouraged to complete a half termly task, appropriate to their topics and age, to complete at home with families and to bring in when completed. Examples of work will be praised, shared and displayed. Please click here to see the Homework blog.

A set of tasks linked to all subject areas will be planned for, from which a child selects one of the  tasks to complete each term. The children can choose whichever task they would like from the list of tasks displayed on the website.  These will encompass the range of the curriculum subjects.

This allows children to enhance independence, learning skills and opportunities to learn with family members, as well as take ownership of their learning. These tasks will be placed on the school website with the relevant year groups.