Homework is given on a regular basis by the class teacher. The time required to complete this work, though not excessive, will vary dependent on a child’s ability and the subject. Parents and carers play a key role in building positive working practices that support their child’s academic development through school and home work in partnership with Thomlinson Junior School. Regular home reading aloud with parents, carers or older siblings is particularly valuable.
Homework is set at every age group from Year 3 up to Year 6. Whilst varying through the year and between each Year Group, typically tasks set promote literacy, numeracy or are centred on topic-based work.
We recognise the importance of homework in supporting children’s learning and developing independent learning skills. Therefore we encourage homework on a weekly basis in three key areas:
- Reading – at least three times a week.
- Times tables – at least three times a week.
- Spelling – as directed by class teacher.
- Year 6 – pages in CGP booklets (Maths and Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) to be completed weekly.
- Home work project – every half-term.
Developing their fluency and comprehension is vital to children’s progress within English and other subjects. Children are given time to read for 30 minutes a day in school. It would be ideal if they have the time to read for 15 minutes everyday at home. However, it is expected that children read for 15 minutes, three times a week at home.
Using the Accelerated Reading system the children take quizzes linked to the books they have read. Parents have the opportunity to receive e-mails stating how well they are performing on these quizzes. It is expected that children will be achieving 85% correct or higher. Children are given a reading range, which suggests which books will be most suitable for your child to read. However children are free to read any book that interests them and that they enjoy and can quiz on these if they are in accelerated reading.
You can find information concerning your child’s reading in their reading record.
As being able to recall times table facts supports children in all areas of maths, the National Curriculum expects that by the end of Year 4 all children have a good grasp of their times tables to 12×12. In addition to time spent in school learning and practising times table facts children are expected to supplement this with time practising at home.
The school has a subscription to Times Table Rockstars, which can be used to support children in the learning of times table facts. It is expected that children will be practising times tables at least three times a week. This does not necessarily need to be done using Times Table Rockstars.
In school, we use the Babcock Spelling Scheme to support the teaching of spelling strategies. Children each have a spelling journal in class which supports them in learning spelling patterns and strategies. Spellings (including statutory spellings) are taught and tested within lessons and in Year 3 and 4, some are given as weekly homework. In Year 5 and 6, children are given statutory spellings to learn at home Both statutory spelling lists for Years 3/4 and 5/6 can be found in reading records and children are encouraged to make a note themselves of those they need to learn.
Each half-term children are given a homework project to be completed across several weeks. This is an opportunity for them to lead their own learning and express themselves creatively.
There is no expectation on the amount or how the project is presented but children should make the most out of the time they are given to extend their understanding. Although there is a deadline for the completion of the homework there is no suggested working pattern for this project ( it can be complete in one weekend or over several weeks). We hope this will give children time to be imaginative and creative and perhaps spend time with family members when completing the homework.