Homework – our guiding principles
Homework is set in order to:
- Reinforce and consolidate work covered in the lesson
- Encourage students to learn both independently and collaboratively, as appropriate
- Develop knowledge, skills and a reflective approach
- Prepare material for subsequent learning and assessment
The amount of homework differs according to the year group. Homework allocations for Years 1-6 are as follows:
- Year 1 and 2: None
- Year 3: 20 minutes, two days per week
- Year 4: 30 minutes, two days per week
- Year 5: 30 minutes, three days per week
- Year 6: 30 minutes, four days per week
In addition, all pupils are expected to read regularly and to learn/consolidate spellings and practise
mathematical fact recall. The above allocations are reasonable amounts of time if the pupil is
focused on the task set. If a homework task takes longer than the allocated time then parents should
stop their child and write a note of explanation to the form teacher or subject teacher. It is
considered to be very important that after-school hours are well balanced in terms of work, rest and
play. (Please also see our Homework policy in the policy section.)
Homework Planner - Digital Classroom
All set homework is clearly recorded in the homework planner or Google Classroom. In Year 3 each
pupil has a homework book where their homework is set and the pupil can complete their work. For
Years 4 - 6 all home work is set in the pupil’s Google Classroom and pupils are required to submit
their work digitally. This does not mean that homework has to be completed digitally just that it 1 is
Thinking Further Tasks
In addition to the weekly homework pupils will be set tasks to think further about their theme.
These tasks will be longer tasks set to cover all areas of our curriculum wheel. These will be set at
the start of each half term for pupils to optionally complete throughout the duration of their theme.
These will be shared with pupils and parents in an age-appropriate way. Parents are invited to
support their child as they feel necessary, and to provide an environment, free from distractions, which enables him/her to complete homework assignments to the best of their ability. Specific concerns about homework should be discussed with the form teacher or subject teacher.
Parents are invited to attend Parents’ Consultations in the Autumn and Spring Terms. On one of these occasions parents are offered an appointment with their child’s form teacher only, but s/he will have written comments from other members of staff, and on the other occasion parents also have the opportunity to meet with their child’s subject teachers.
Marking and Assessment
Regular marking helps teachers to assess and monitor their students’ progress and identify problems. Verbal, digital and/or written comments, when work is returned or during completion, enable students to see their strengths and weaknesses and to take appropriate action. Subject teachers make regular informal assessments throughout the year in order to check understanding and inform their planning. These take many forms, such as observation, questioning, quizzes, discussion and by facilitating
In Spring Term pupils in Years 1-6 take standardised tests for English and Maths. The results of these assessments are reported to parents at parents’ evening. The results of all assessments are recorded electronically and stored centrally which enables pupils’ progress to be tracked from year to year.
Parents are invited to attend Parents’ Consultations in the Autumn and Spring Terms. In Autumn parents are offered an appointment with their child’s form teacher to discuss pastoral well being. In Spring, parents have booked appointments for core subjects to discuss academic progress. At this time,
parents will also have the opportunity to meet with their child’s specialist subject teachers.
Reports are completed using the Foundation’s data management system and are made available to parents at the end of the Summer Term. Each subject report makes reference to the pupil’s progress and achievements throughout the year. The Form Teacher’s report provides an overview of the pupil’s effort,
pastoral development and general organisation.
The pupil writes his/her own evaluation of the year (Pupil Comment) and a member of the Senior Leadership Team writes a closing comment.