Homework is anything that pupils do outside the normal school day that contributes to their learning in response to guidance from the school. Homework encompasses a whole variety of activities instigated by teachers and parents to support children’s learning. For example, a parent who spends time reading a story to their child before bedtime is helping with homework.
Why is homework important?
Homework plays a positive role in raising a child’s level of attainment. We also acknowledge the important role of play and free time in a child’s growth and development. While homework is important, it should not prevent children from taking part in the wide range of out-of-school clubs and organisations that play an important part in the lives of many children. We are well aware that children spend more time at home than at school, and develop their skills, interests and talents to the full when they make maximum use of the experiences and opportunities that are available outside of school.
These are our reasons why we promote homework:
- It consolidates work already covered at school
- It offers opportunities for pupils to become independent learners and researchers
- It helps pupils to make more rapid progress in their learning
- It is a discipline and prepares learners for study skills in the Secondary school
- Allows parents to take an active interest in their child’s education and furthers the partnership between home and school
How is homework organised?
The amount of homework set is gradually increased as pupils progress through the school.
In Foundation Phase, children are encouraged to take reading books home to share with parents. In early years, this will encompass discussing stories with children. Class teachers will advise parents on how best to achieve meaningful reading with their children. This approach will hopefully lead to pupils eventually becoming more proficient and independent readers by the end of KS2. As part of thematic work, children in the FP will occasionally be given research work to undertake at home. Science projects are also a regular feature throughout the school year.
At KS2, children will follow a regular homework timetable which includes Mathematics, English, Science project, including reading and research work. This extension of classwork will lead to more independent work from pupils and give parents an insight into the type of work being undertaken in school. This will also help pupils to prepare for the transition to secondary school where they will be expected to undertake a far more formal homework timetable.