Homework

The main purpose of homework is…

  • To encourage pupils to develop the skill, confidence and motivation to study independently at home effectively.
  • To consolidate and reinforce the skills and understanding developed at school.
  • To extend school learning through activities such as additional reading and research.
  • To develop and sustain the involvement of parents in the management of their child’s learning and to keep them informed about the work and progress their child is achieving.
  • To explore the wide range resources for learning at home e.g. the internet, a library, adult knowledge and newspapers.
  • To maintain good channels of communication between home and school.
  • To offer pupils the opportunity to extend their learning by including optional, additional challenges or open ended questions.
  • To consolidate spellings of high frequency words through inspiring and creative spelling word tasks to alternate with the regular ‘spelling sentences’.

Homework at Kessingland CofE Primary Academy – Key Principles

  • The amount and difficulty of homework is tailored according to the child’s age and ability.
  • Sufficient time is allowed for the completion of homework to allow for a healthy home/school work balance.
  • As the children progress through the school so the amount of homework increases.
  • Teacher’s incorporate homework into their weekly planning and ensure that the tasks are differentiated, purposeful and aimed at developing and consolidating basic skills.
  • Teachers provide parents and pupils with clear learning objectives and motivational instructions for tasks as well as clear examples of work to guide both children and adults.
  • High expectations for neat presentation are in place to ensure that children maintain a similar high standard of work at home as in school.

Homework Guidelines for each Phase

We believe that the most important homework activity is regular reading. Suggested reading times are 5-10 minutes in Reception increasing to 15 minutes by Year 5 & 6. There is an expectation that reading at home will happen daily (5 times a week minimum). It is important for parents/carers to read with children and to discuss books, pictures and stories, even when they are in Year 6. Children’s reading diaries are to be signed by parents/carers daily, after hearing children read.

The nature and content of homework set, and the amount of time needed to complete homework will vary from year to year and from child to child.

Please click on your child’s section below for more specific instruction.

 


Nursery & Reception

Homework in the Nursery

In Nursery parents / carers are expected to read to their child daily. Books are borrowed from the Class Library weekly.

Homework in Reception

Area Task Type Weekly Time Guide
Reading Reading challenge
Library books
Every day.
Every week.
Read Write Inc High Frequency/Fast words
Sound books
Every Friday in.
Home Focus Books
Topic/Maths/Literacy 1 activity Every Friday in.
Home Focus Books

 


Years One & Two

Year Group Task Time Day Set Day In
Year 1 Reading every night. Reading for 15 mins. Everyday Everyday
Spellings. 10 mins daily. Thursday Thursday
Maths based on the weeks work. 15 mins. Friday Wednesday
Big talk for big write. Alternate weeks. Wednesday Thursday
Year 2 Reading every night. Reading for 15 mins. Everyday Everyday
Spellings. 10 mins daily. Friday Wednesday
Maths based on the weeks work. 15 mins. Friday Wednesday
Big talk for big write. Alternate weeks Wednesday Thursday


Years Three, Four & Five

Every week the children will be given homework. The children have already received times tables, spellings and Accelerated Reader books but in addition to this they will receive a piece of additional Maths every week.

Reading 15 minutes every day at home
Maths Sent home Friday
Due back Wednesday
Spellings New spellings sent home Friday
Spelling Test Wednesday
Big Maths/My Maths Big Maths skills practise every Monday
or
on-line Maths using MyMaths website
Times Tables Fast Learning (up to 12 x 12 tables) every day in school

 

Reading

We expect the children to read at home for 15 minutes every day. The children are expected to ask someone at home to sign their reading records to show they have been reading at home. The children have both a ‘reading for pleasure book’ and a ‘Quiz Book’. The reading for pleasure book is one they have chosen and want to read. It may be slighter harder or slightly easier than their ‘Quiz Book’. Their ‘Quiz Book’ is a book they have chosen within their ZPD. This means it is at the correct level for them and they should be able to get 80% on the comprehension quiz after reading it. The children are encouraged to read their ‘Quiz Book’ at school and home to earn points and extend their word count. Who will be the first Word Millionaire?

Times Tables

Every day the children do ‘Fast Learning’ in Maths. The children have to complete a mixed up times table square. They have 5 minutes to see how many they can answer and are encouraged to be accurate and beat their time or score each day. When they have completed it accurately they have the opportunity to become part of Mr Crossland’s 56 Club.

Spellings

The children all have spellings based on the words they are working. The children are expected to be able to spell and write them correctly. Each week the children will be tested on a Wednesday (unless they feel ready to be tested before). When the children are accurate in all their spellings they will be given a new list to learn.

Big Maths

Each week on a Monday the children will complete BIG MATHS the children have 10 minutes to answer 10 questions working on basic skills e.g adding and subtracting decimals, converting fractions, decimals and percentages. The children are encouraged to beat their target each week and may like to practice them during the week.

Maths Homework

The children will be set a piece of maths homework based on the work they have been doing during their Maths lessons (up to 60 mins). This will be set by their Maths teacher. It is an opportunity for them to consolidate their learning and practice any additional skills.

 

Homework is an opportunity for the children to share their learning at home and to consolidate the skills they have been learning in class. If your child is struggling with their homework please encourage them to ask their teacher before the date it is due in. Please encourage your children to complete their homework on time.

If you have any further questions please speak to your child’s class teacher.



Year Six

As many of you will be aware this year is an important year for all our year 6 pupils as they prepare for their SATs at the end of the year and their transition to new high schools. The children have all settled in well to both their class groups and Maths and English sets.

Every week the children will be sent homework. The children have already received times tables, spellings and Accelerated Reader books but in addition to this they will receive a piece of English SPAG and Maths every week. This letter is to inform you about the expectations for homework and some of the challenges the children will complete each week.

Reading 15 minutes every day at home
Maths Sent home Friday Due back Wednesday
English SPAG Sent home Friday Due back Wednesday
Spellings New spellings sent home Thursday Spelling Test Wednesday
Big Maths Big Maths challenge every Monday
Times Tables Fast Learning (up to 12 x 12 tables) every day in school.

 

Reading

We expect the children to read at home for 15 minutes every day. The children are expected to ask someone at home to sign their reading records to show they have been reading at home. The children have both a ‘Reading for Pleasure’ book and a ‘Quiz Book’. The ‘Reading for Pleasure’ book is a book they have chosen and want to read. It may be slighter harder or slightly easier than their ‘Quiz Book’. Their ‘Quiz Book’ is a book they have chosen within their ZPD. This means it is at the correct level for them and they should be able to get 80% on the comprehension quiz after reading it. The children are encouraged to read their ‘Quiz Book’ at school and home to earn points and extend their word count. Who will be the first Word Millionaire?

Times Tables

Every day the children do ‘Fast Learning’ in Maths. The children have to complete a mixed up times table square. They have 5 minutes to see how many they can answer and are encouraged to be accurate and beat their time or score each day. When they have completed it accurately they have the opportunity to become part of Mr Crossland’s 56 Club.

Spellings

The children all have spellings based on the words they are working on. The children are expected to be able to spell and write them correctly. Each week the children will be tested on a Wednesday (unless they feel ready to be tested before). When the children are accurate in all their spellings they will be given a new list to learn.

Big Maths

Each week on a Monday the children will complete BIG MATHS challenge the children have 10 minutes to answer 10 questions working on basic skills e.g adding and subtracting decimals, converting fractions, decimals and percentages. The children are encouraged to beat their target each week and may like to practice them during the week.

English SPAG Homework

Your child’s class teacher will set a piece of SPAG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) homework each week (about 30 minutes) This will focus on what the children have been learning in their SPAG sessions throughout the week. This will help prepare the children for their SPAG test at the end of the year.

Maths Homework

The children will be set a piece of maths homework based on the work they have been doing during their Maths lessons. This will be set by their Maths teacher. It is an opportunity for them to consolidate their learning and practise any additional skills.

Homework is an opportunity for the children to share their learning at home and to consolidate the skills they have been learning in class. If your child is finding their homework challenging please encourage them to ask their teacher before the date it is due in. The children also have the opportunity to attend homework club in Rhinos on a Monday if they would like some extra help or time at school to complete their homework. Please encourage your children to complete their homework on time.

If you have any further questions please speak to your child’s class teacher.


 

How you can help your child with their homework?

Below is a list of ways that you as a parent can show your child that you value their homework and the time and effort spent completing it. The school will also provide clear and regular reminders of their expectation when it comes to homework. As a school we hope that you will find this guidance helpful in supporting your child fully with their homework.

 

You can show you value your child’s homework by:

  • Providing a suitable place in which your child can do their homework, preferably with an adult to discuss, encourage and support.
  • Making it clear to your child that you value homework and support the school in explaining how it can help learning.
  • Encouraging your child and praising them when they have completed work set.
  • Signing and dating your child’s completed homework to show that it is a true reflection of their best efforts.
  • Ensuring work is complete and returned to school on time.
  • Checking your child spends a suitable amount of time on homework.

Additionally, you can support your child’s development by:

  • Visits to libraries, museums etc.
  • Cooking with them.
  • Taking your child swimming.
  • Playing games, e.g. board games, cards, ball games.
  • Watching informative TV programmes together.
  • Providing opportunities for craft activities, e.g. cutting, sticking, sewing, painting etc.
  • Gardening and growing plants.
  • Using the internet to research something with your child (following guidelines for safe internet use).
  • Attending any school workshops that may be on offer designed to enable.
  • Parents/Carers to support their child’s learning at home.
  • Talking to your child about schoolwork, their day, what they have been learning about and how they have been learning.

Remember

Homework is about reinforcing, practicing and confidence building…

Enthusing your child about undertaking homework and modelling the high value of homework to them is of key importance. Make it fun!

 

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