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Homework policy

 

 

HART  PLAIN

JUNIOR  SCHOOL

 

 

Homework Policy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 12 to

 

 

 

 


Hart  Plain  Junior  School

Homework  Policy  Statement

 

 

Rationale

 

At Hart Plain Junior School we believe in promoting a partnership between home and school.  Homework is a valuable and essential part of school work.  Homework has the potential to raise standards, extend coverage of the curriculum, support schemes of work and improve skills and attitudes to learning. In order to achieve these aims the following principles must be applied:

·         The homework policy and expectations should be communicated to both parents and children.  Helpful guidance must be available. This could take the form of written guidance, suggestions at Parent Evenings, examples displayed on website, at Parent Evenings, Meet the Teacher events etc

·         The homework should be an integral part of the curriculum, and will include a balance of open-ended Learning Log/project homework and more structured/formal homework such as reading comprehensions, and number fact/calculations practice.

·         There should be progression in the type and quantity of homework.

·         There must be clear instructions when homework tasks are set.

·         The homework must be valued and used effectively. This may be through oral feedback, marking, testing knowledge or recording outcomes.

·         The homework should not lead to extensive preparation and marking loads for teachers.

·         The homework tasks set must take account of the ability of the children, have suggested times for completing the work and realistic target dates.

·         The amount of homework set should not be excessive as many children pursue other out of school activities.

·         The homework will be monitored and evaluated on a regular basis.  This will be undertaken by the Senior Management Team.

 

The Type and Amount of Homework

 

The main focus of homework is on English and Mathematics.

 

In addition to the weekly tasks assigned, children are expected to read and practise their spellings on a regular basis throughout the week.  Regular reading is vital. All children should read to their parents or carers, listen to them reading or, if they are fluent readers, read on their own for at least 10 to 20 minutes a day, with parents/carers asking questions/ discussing about what has been read.

 

Homework will be set that allows children of all abilities to be able to access the tasks and complete them to the best of their abilities. Homework will be given out on an agreed day mid-week and due back in on an agreed day the following week, allowing children the weekend should they need to use it. A regular homework club will be run by staff to support children, provide them with resources (including the internet) if required. The club can also be used to provide children with the time and space to complete their homework. Homework will be uploaded onto the school website into the appropriate areas.

 

Homework expectations will be included in the Learning Log at the start of each academic year and then will be included in the subsequent reading/spelling diaries.

 

If a pupil or parent does not understand the homework task, he/she should seek clarification from the teacher.  If the parent feels that the task is taking longer than the suggested time (as set out in the following table), he/she should write a note to the teacher.

 

Non-compliance with our homework expectations will lead to a sanction being imposed in line with our Ethos and Culture policy.  Current guidelines (September 2013) are as follows:

 

Children who do not complete their weekly Learning Log or daily spellings homework will be expected to complete it during Minimum Expectations.  In the case of Learning Log homework, the parent will be contacted by text or phone on Tuesday and if the homework is not handed in to an appropriate standard on the Wednesday, the child will be required to complete it in Minimum Expectations on the Wednesday.  Continued non-compliance may lead to a Lost Lunch or other sanction, to be decided by the Headteacher or Assistant Headteacher.
ALLOCATION FOR HOMEWORK

 

Year 3

 

Total:  1 hour per week minimum

Regular Reading

Daily Spellings

Practice of number facts                            

Weekly Learning Log consisting of two tasks, each based on an area of the curriculum with a clear emphasis throughout the term on Maths and English.  Each piece should be one side of A4.

Year 4

 

Total:  1 hour per week minimum

Regular Reading

Daily Spelling

Practice of number facts

Weekly Learning Log consisting of two tasks, each based on an area of the curriculum with a clear emphasis throughout the term on Maths and English..  Each piece should be one side of A4.

Year 5

 

Total:  1.25 hours per week minimum

Regular reading

Daily spelling

Practice of number facts

Weekly Learning Log consisting of two tasks, each based on an area of the curriculum with a clear emphasis throughout the term on Maths and English.  Each piece should be up to two sides of A4.

Year 6

 

Total:  1.5 hours per week minimum

Regular reading

Daily spelling

Practice of number facts

Weekly Learning Log consisting of three tasks, each based on an area of the curriculum with a clear emphasis throughout the term on Maths and English.  Each piece should be up to two sides of A4.

 

Homework Policy

 

This policy statement was prepared by Adrienne Corr, Acting Assistant Headteacher, in June 2012.

 

It is owned by the Standards Committee.

 

It was reviewed in September 2013

 

It was ratified by the Governing Body on ………

 

It will be reviewed in September 2016

 

Signed  ............................................  ....................................................

(Head)                                   (Chair of Governors)