Homework

At Lakey lane we see homework as an important tool to help children’s learning.

Homework takes many different forms.  For example it can include:

  • Finding out the answer to a question(s) linked to the current area of study
  • Doing some research                                    “                  “                  “
  • Carrying out an exercise to reinforce work covered in class
  • Learning spellings, tables or number facts
  • Learning the meaning of key vocabulary- including pre-learning in advance of a new topic
  • Reading or responding to a text

Homework should be matched to the children’s level of ability so that it should be able to be completed independently.  If a child is finding homework too challenging parents should be encouraged to discuss this with the classteacher.

Teachers will take into account EAL issues when setting homework eg the level of English included in the instructions for a task should be considered before a piece of homework is set.

The days on which homework is set and collected in should be known by the children and shared with parents through the termly newsletter. 

 

Homework per phase:

 

Phase 1:  Nursery and reception:

Daily/ ongoing

Reading books (parents are strongly encouraged to read a comment in their child’s reading diary when they hear their child read or share a book with them)

Phonics- Sounds book

Tricky words

Occasional/ as and when relevant

Maths- learning to recognise numbers, count in 2s etc

Topic- finding the answer to a given question/ research

Fine motor skills practice

 

Phase 2:  Year 1:

Daily/ ongoing

Reading- Children will bring home 2 reading books each week in their reading folder. As well as the books, they will have a reading record sheet which we encourage parents to write on every time they read with their child. We ask the children to read at least 3 times a week in order to achieve the special reading sticker. If they read more than 3 times, the children have the opportunity to be chosen as the 'reading star'. The reading star will be presented with a certificate and can sit on the special reading chair for a story. 

Weekly

Spellings- Every Monday, the children will be given their weekly spellings. The words that are given to the children are based on the sound(s) that they are learning in phonics. The spelling test will take place on the following Monday and the children will be given a certificate with their score. We ask that if the children got any of their spellings incorrect, to continue to practise these at home. It is important that children practise their spellings at  home in order to make the necessary progress in writing and phonics.

Occasional/ as and when relevant

Phonics- On occasions, the children will bring home a phonics activity that links to the sound that they have been learning that week. 

 

There is a big fluency focus in Maths during the children's time in year 1. Therefore, we would really appreciate any additional support with this at home. Examples of the fluency work we do would be: counting forwards and backwards within 40, counting to 100, number bonds and counting in 2's, 5's and 10's.  

 

Year 2

Daily

Reading. We encourage parents to read EVERY DAY with their children using a mixture of texts from school and books at home to inspire their interest. Please take the time to write a reading comment on their 'Home Reader Record' when you do this. 

 

Weekly
Spellings.
These are handed out every Tuesday and are linked to the phonics or spelling rule being taught in school, along with two Common Exception Words (see full list here) and a 'Wow' word of the week. We select this word from our Whole Class Reading text to broaden the children's vocabulary. These are to be brought back each Monday, ahead of their spellings test. 

 

Fortnightly

Maths. As we take our time to cover and consolidate each learning objective effectively, Maths homework will be sent every other Friday. We would like this to be back by the following Friday to allow us time to notice any areas to focus on for your child.  

 

Key Stage 2

When homework has not been completed this should carry a consequence as the expectation is that it will be done.  On a first occasion this will be a warning. If there is a second occasion the teacher may choose to keep the child in at playtime to complete the task.  Parents should also be told.  For “persistent offenders” the phase leader and/or AHT/DHT/HT will also become involved.

 

Phase 3:  Year 3 and 4:

Daily/ ongoing

ReadingWe ask for our children to read EVERYDAY at home. Parents are then asked to comment and sign in their child's Home Reading Diary to show that they have read. The MINIMUM expectation is that children read 3 x a week. 

Weekly

Spellings- children will be given spellings that link directly to the Year 3 or 4 objective that has been taught that week. Alongside these, children will be given five Common Exception Words from the Year 3 and 4 Statutory list (everyday words that children are required to learn).

Maths- In Year 3 children are asked to practise the times tables that they are currently working on for their weekly times table tests. In Year 4 we ask that children practise all of their times tables up to 12x in order to prepare them for the Year 4 Statutory Times Table Test. 

English+ Maths - Children are also given numeracy or writing homework on alternate weeks. Children are given a week to complete their homework and bring it back to school. The homework will focus on the objectives taught that week in school.                       

Occasional/ as and when relevant

Topic- finding the answer to a given question/ research

 

Phase 4:  Year 5 and 6

Daily

Reading.

We encourage our children to read for 10-20 minutes every day using a mixture of texts from school and books at home to inspire their interest. We understand that some children prefer to read independently once they reach phase 4 so we ask our parents to sign or initial in their child's reading record to show that their child has read that day. We expect a minimum of five signatures a week.

 

In year 6, children have a weekly book club and are expected to read a chapter or two (set by their teacher) from the chosen book to discuss with their class. 

 

Weekly
Spellings.

The children are tested on a new set of spellings weekly. These spellings are linked to the spelling rule being taught in school, alongside words from the 5/6 statutory spelling list.  

 

Weekly
Maths.

Maths homework is given out weekly. This homework gives children the opportunity to consolidate and practice the maths skills they have been learning from the week.

There is also an expectation for children to make sure that they know all of their times tables (up to 12x). Times tables fluency is incredibly important and helps children in many areas of the maths curriculum. We aim for children to be able to recall their times tables facts in no less than 3 seconds by the time they reach phase 4. 

 

Weekly
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar focus.

Punctuation or grammar homework is given out weekly. The homework gives children the opportunity to consolidate and practice the grammar or punctuation skill that they have been learning in class or to revise a skill previously taught.

 

Occasionally children in year 5 will be given a piece of reading homework instead of 'SPAG' homework. This could be a comprehension, an opportunity to practise a reading skill or a chance to demonstrate their understanding of a certain question type.

 

 

 

Occasional/ as and when relevant

Topic- finding the answer to a given question/ research

 

Government recommended time for homework 
In 2012 the Education Secretary at that time scrapped the existing guidelines for the amount of homework that should be set for children of different ages saying that “head teachers were now responsible for determining the amount of homework that their children are set.”  “We trust head teachers to set the homework policy for their school.  They know their pupils best and should be free to make decisions without having to adhere to unnecessary bureaucratic guidance.”