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SUMMERSIDE SCHOOL HOMEWORK STATEMENT (March 2016)

 

At Summerside School we aim to create an approach to homework that enables children to reinforce their classroom learning at home and give parents the opportunity to help their children to make improved progress.  We believe that homework should be enjoyable and manageable and that if it becomes a burden or source of conflict it ceases to be a constructive aspect of teaching and learning. We hope that children are motivated by positive incentives and the tasks set.  Whilst parental support is invaluable there will be some tasks which should encourage independent learning. Children are encouraged to complete the work and a record of completed homework is kept. If a child consistently fails to return tasks, this is discussed with the parents.

 

We strongly believe that homework is most effective when parents/carers and school work in partnership.

Guidelines

 

English

Maths

Other curriculum areas

Early Years – Nursery and Reception

Share books from classroom, library and Read Write Inc lessons daily

Practise recognising/counting numbers 0 -100.

 Practise adding and subtracting numbers to 10.

Weekly maths worksheet

 

Years 1

Spellings and RWI books– 20 minutes - Monday

Reading at least one book every 2 week2 – 40 minutes. Parents and children comment in Reading Record Book.

Maths - Tuesday

 

 

Year 2

Spellings

Reading

Parents and children comment in Reading Record Book.

Complete 4 days of mental maths from the homework book(approx. 40 minutes per week) - Monday

Learn 2, 5, 10 times tables

 

Year 3

English consolidation work on – Thursday -15 minutes

Spellings to learn and practice – 20 minutes –Friday

Reading at least one book from the reading scheme or if fluent a book of their choice – 60 minutes. Parents and children comment in Reading Record Book.

Complete 4 days of mental maths from the homework book(approx. 40 minutes per week) - Monday

Year 3, all children need to continue to practise their 2x, 5x and 10x tables but to also learn their 3x, 4x, 6x, 7x, 8x and 9x tables.

 

Half term projects when appropriate to topic work

Year 4

Spellings and English – Thursday

Reading at least one book selected from class – at least 60 minutes per week. Parents and children comment in Reading Journal

Children need to continue to practise their 2x, 5x and 10x tables but to also learn their 3x, 4x, 6x, 7x, 8x and 9x tables. All children need to improve the speed of their recall and learn the corresponding division facts.

Complete 4 days of mental maths from the homework book(approx. 40 minutes per week) - Monday

Topic work or 2 weekly projects

 

Years 5

English and Spellings to learn and practice – 20 minutes

Reading at least one book from the reading scheme or if fluent a book of their choice – at least 60 minutes per week

Complete 4 days of mental maths from the homework book(approx. 40 minutes per week)

All children should have fluent recall of their times tables.

Topic research every week

Year 6

English and Spellings to learn and practice – 20 minutes

Reading at least one book from the reading scheme or if fluent a book of their choice – at least 60 minutes per week

Complete 4 days of mental maths from the homework book(approx. 40 minutes per week)

Topic research and projects occasionally

Our routines and expectations

From Year 2 parents are asked to buy a mental maths homework book from school at the start of every year.  These should be kept at home so that Monday – Thursday’s work can be completed and marked by parents.  The books are then returned to school so children complete the weekly test on Fridays.  The books will be taken home, after marking, on Mondays.

Homework should always have been explained and discussed in class before coming home; it may be a continuation of classwork. It is our intention, and good practice, not to send work home that the child cannot already do i.e. parents are not expected to teach new skills.

Year 2 onwards each child has a homework book and the majority of tasks are kept in there. The tasks set will not always need to be handed in; there are other ways in which teachers will respond or give feedback, for example, sharing results in class discussion, putting work onto a display or transferring work into class books. We expect children to maintain the same standards for presentation of homework as we set in school i.e. to use their best handwriting and a sharp pencil or blue handwriting pen.

Project work is a fun way to do homework. It will allow children to develop their creativity in how they wish to present their work and give them some freedom in developing the aspects of the research that particularly interest them. Within project work, children get the opportunity to develop their creative interests.

 

The Use of ICT

We encourage the use of ICT to complete homework where it is appropriate. This is a very valuable research tool and children will have lessons in school to make sure they understand how to use it safely. Children should be discouraged from copying and pasting text without showing their understanding by putting it into their own words. We also encourage children to access home learning resources such as Mathletics, Reading Eggs, Espresso, BBC Revise Wise and other websites when they have the opportunity. The school website has a children’s section with online games which are changed regularly.

Our staff hope that you can support us in getting the balance right. We want to work together with you to help your child be the best they can possibly be and reach their full potential. If you have any concerns about the homework set, or, you feel that the homework is just right, please do come in and see your child’s teacher at the door in the morning.