All children are expected to extend their learning experiences at home. Working at home is of great value in completing and reinforcing work done in school and helps to establish the self-discipline of individual study.
In Key Stage 1, work at home is focused on reading practise and word building, using a range of learning material to widen experience of different texts. In Key Stage 2 classes are set homework tasks alongside reading practise. The children are given a ‘homework grid’ at the beginning of each half term. These grids consist of essential homework tasks in red and suggested/optional tasks in blue. The children have the half term to complete the tasks, although there is an expectation that they work through them progressively over the weeks rather than leaving it until the final week. The homework grids can also be found on the school website by going to the children’s class pages.
Children should not spend an excessive amount of time on their homework. If children are worrying or finding the tasks difficult it is expected that parents would contact school and request guidance from teaching staff on appropriate support for their children. The co-operation of and liaison with parents is very much appreciated by the school and is one way in which school and parents can maintain close contact with the work that children are involved in.
Some Websites that Homework might be set on or may help children complete their homework include:
- Espresso- There are videos, games and activities for all subject areas. The children have a login for this site.
- My Maths– Children have homework set on this website most half terms. The children have a login for this site.
- Purple Mash- A fantastic online resource containing games, projects and templates for all curriculum areas. The children have a login for this site.
- BBC Education- a huge bank of age related resources for all subject areas
- Top Marks Times Tables- games and activities to support children learning their times tables
- Children’s University Manchester- similar to the BBC site
- Sum Dog- Maths activity website designed to support and speed up children’s mental calculations through challenges and games. The children have a login for this site.
- Maths Dictionary for Kids– exactly as it sounds
- Grammar Monster- a website to support the teaching of grammar through explanations and examples