This policy is based on government guidelines which emphasise the importance of homework and how it helps children to learn, rather than focus on whether it takes a certain amount of time to complete. There are no longer any specified times regarding how long children should spend on homework, and we recognise that it is the quality rather than the quantity of homework which is important during the primary years. While most parents do appreciate the value and importance of this homework, a few feel that we do not set enough homework and others feel that there is too much! The amount and type of homework we set is at a level which most people feel is reasonable.
Why is homework important?
What sort of activities should children be doing?
Homework activities are related to the work children are doing at school but will not always be written work. It will vary with each year. For young children it will usually be:
For older children, homework may also include:
Feedback on homework
The children need to know how well they have done and, where appropriate, what they could do better. Sometimes work will be discussed in lessons, or teachers may give written comments on just one or two aspects of a piece of work. If a child has difficulties with a piece of homework, they should discuss it with their teacher or parents might wish to discuss the problem with them.
Help with homework.
Homework allows parents to see what their children are doing and to support their learning. This partnership between school and home is a vital part of successful education. We take the view that children are likely to get more out of an activity if parents get involved – as long as they do not take over too much! If parents are unsure about how much help to give, they should discuss it with their child’s teacher to help get the balance right.
Advice for Parents.
The following guidelines will be given to parents to help them support their children with their homework.
14 things you can do to help your child learn
1. Give your child confidence through lots of praise and encouragement.
2. Read to, and with, your child as much as possible.
3. Encourage your child to observe and talk about what they see, feel, think etc.
4. Make use of your local library.
5. Visit museums and other places you think your child might find interesting.
6. If your child likes watching television, watch it together sometimes and talk about what has been watched. Children enjoy sharing their experiences and will gain a lot from the discussion.
7. Try to provide a reasonably quiet and suitable place where your child can work and show that you and all members of the family value and respect the homework activity.
8. Try to set time aside to support your child’s homework activities whilst also allowing some independence where appropriate.
9. Encourage your child to discuss homework with you, including feedback from teachers.
10. Try to help your child to see the enjoyable aspects of homework.
11. If you have access to the Internet, sit with them when they are using it and help them to develop their research skills.
12. Many children love computer games, so talk to them about the skills they are using, such as hand/eye co-ordination, decision-making and perseverance. They are all vital learning skills.
13. Help your child to see the importance of homework and teach them to become more independent and take more responsibility for themselves as they get older.
14. Remind your children to complete and hand in homework on time.
Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns. We want your children to succeed.
The Homework Policy will be reviewed on a three year cycle (Reviewed November 2012)
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