Homework

The definition of homework at East Morton CE Primary School is as an extension of the ethos of partnership nurtured in the school. The enthusiasm generated within school will often lead to children pursuing their interest at home, which is valued and encouraged by staff, and we would ask parents to support and actively encourage this.

 

Children will regularly be encouraged or requested to:

  • develop an interest or research further
  • practise or consolidate skills

The school values all the developmental work that is undertaken at home in the normal course of family life, ie. sharing stories, visits to places of interest, etc.

 

Reading diaries form a written communication between school and home. Each child has a reading folder and it is expected that parents will listen to and support their child with reading, following the prompts from the teacher in the reading diaries book.

 

Children may also be asked to:

  • share books with adults at home
  • complete reading related tasks
  • learn spellings
  • practise counting
  • practise number bonds
  • learn tables
  • handle money, etc.
  • practise letter formation and handwriting
  • play games eg. using letter sounds, words or number

Parents are encouraged to use the reading diaries to record how they feel their child is progressing and to inform about home interests and responses, and to comment on aspects of school life and work. Parental support in the learning of spellings, learn by heart facts becomes more routinely requested and expected during Year 2, and from then on there is regular testing of spelling and tables.

Recommended time allocation for homework

Reception: shared books/word tins
Year 1: daily reading, phonics for reading and writing practice, and Learn by Heart facts for numeracy
Years 2 & 3: approximately 1 - 1.5 hours of reading, spellings and Learn by Heart facts for numeracy
Year 4: approximately 1 to 1.5 hours reading, spellings and Learn by Heart facts for numeracy
Year 5: approximately 20 minutes a day to include reading, spellings and Learn by Heart facts for numeracy; one piece of literacy and one piece of numeracy per week
Year 6: approximately 30 minutes a day to include reading, spelling and Learn by Heart facts for numeracy; one piece of literacy and one piece of numeracy per week