As part of our commitment to parent partnerships at Weald Community Primary School we have undertaken a review of our Homework Policy. We would like to thank you for your suggestions and comments about homework following the Welcome Evenings, Assessment Evenings and Parent Consultations which took place earlier in the year. You play a vital role in the learning process of your children and we value your support enormously. Children should not be expected to spend significantly longer on homework than the guide times below and, if you have any concerns relating to this, please speak to your class teacher as soon as possible.
We cannot stress too highly the importance of regular reading at home. Reading is a necessary and, hopefully, enjoyable activity which can be shared as a family. We welcome your comments in the Reading Record to indicate your child’s achievements. The class teacher, and other adults, will also write comments when appropriate, for example after a Guided Reading session. Please note that only one reading book at a time will be sent home; however, reading books other than those on the scheme is highly beneficial too. We would encourage children in Key Stage 1 to spend at least 15 minutes per evening reading and talking about their book.
Writing (including spelling)
Children in Key Stage 1 will have spellings to learn each week. These will either focus on tricky words, high frequency words or those with a particular sound/spelling pattern. There will be a weekly spelling test to check that these spellings have been learnt. We would expect children in Key Stage 1 to spend time learning their spellings at home.
Additional literacy homework can take several forms, depending upon the focus of the class. On occasions, phonic and word sheets will be sent home to support the spelling homework. Alternatively, in Year 2, reading comprehension practice may be sent home. Depending upon the topic focus, children may also be asked to carry out additional research, progressing to a project nearer the end of Year 2.
Numeracy homework is sent home to reinforce class learning and is differentiated according to the different needs of the children. In Year 2 the children will also begin to learn times tables more formally. Please encourage your child to practise these by rote and out of order. There will be a weekly times tables test to check learning. We would expect children in Key Stage 1 to spend no more than 20-30 minutes per week on maths homework.
We hope that this provides clarity regarding homework. If you have any concerns, then please do contact your class teacher.