Homework policy

Definition

Homework is anything children do outside the normal school day, in response to school guidance, encouragement or prompt, which contributes to their learning. The 1997 White Paper Excellence in Schools described homework as an essential part of good education€™.

Rationale

Educational experience that a school by itself provides is limited; children benefit from wider, complementary experiences out of school. However, some prompts and guidance from school can direct these experiences and develop greater learning. We see homework as an important example of cooperation between teachers and parents / carers. An aim of our teaching is to promote independent learners; homework is one of the ways in which children can acquire the skill of independent learning.

Whilst homework develops children'€™s learning and independence, play and free time are also important. Homework should not prevent children from taking part in wider activities such as those offered by out-of-school clubs and other organisations. Children develop their interests and skills to the full only when parents / carers encourage them to make maximum use of the opportunities available outside school.

Aims and principles

We value homework for our children in order to:

  • enable them to make maximum progress in their academic and social development
  • develop skills as independent learners
  • promote cooperation between home and school in supporting learning
  • enable aspects of the curriculum to be explored and enriched
  • provide experiences not possible in school
  • consolidate and reinforce learning in school and to enable practice at home
  • help children develop good work habits thereby increasing their economic well-being in the future

Homework tasks

There are various types of homework. Children in Reception will only occasionally be asked to do some of the elements noted; they will be working towards the expectations set out.

There will be no homework during holiday periods.

Occasionally, there will be exceptions to the daily and weekly routines eg during the Y6 residential trip; towards the end of a busy term.

Role of parents / carers

Parents / carers play a vital role in their child’s education, including homework. Parents / carers should help by encouraging and discussing ideas and by ensuring their child has a good working space at home. Parents should contact the class teacher or headteacher with questions / concerns.

Inclusion and equal opportunities

We set homework for all children as a normal part of school life. We ensure that the tasks set are appropriate to the ability of the child. Nearly always, tasks are open-ended so each child can enjoy and achieve to their full potential. If the task is not open-ended (Spelling and Maths facts homework, for example) homework will be adapted / differentiated. When setting homework to pupils with Special Educational Needs, we refer to the pupil'€™s Individual Educational Plan. Homework requirements set out in the policy may, very occasionally, be adapted on an individual basis.

We value and celebrate the cultural diversity of our pupils and their families and we appreciate the enrichment that this brings.

Often, homework tasks can encompass this diversity eg:

  • €˜I can use research skills to find out about a country.’ → present information about a country of origin.
  • €˜I know how instructions are used.’ → present a sequence of steps to make some particular food.