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Homework Policy

St. Mary of Charity

Church of England Primary School


Homework Policy




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St Mary of Charity Primary School

Homework Policy


1. Our Aims:


· Ensure that parents are clear about what their child is expected to do.

· Ensure consistency of approach throughout the school.

· To use homework as a tool to help to continue to raise standards of attainment.

· Improve the quality of the learning experience offered to pupils and to extend it beyond the classroom environment.

· Provide opportunities for parents, children and the school to work together in partnership in relation to children’s learning.

· Encourage pupils and their parents to share and enjoy learning experiences.

· Reinforce work covered in class by providing further opportunities for the individual pupil.

· To practise or consolidate basic skills and knowledge, especially in Numeracy and

o Literacy.

· Encourage children to develop the responsibility, confidence and self-discipline needed to study independently.

· To prepare Year 6 pupils for the transfer to secondary school.


2. The Nature of Homework


It should be noted that homework can be set in many different forms with many different expectations and outcomes. It is important to remember that when setting homework there are a number of points to consider:-

1. The nature and type of homework changes throughout a pupils school career.

2. Amount and frequency of homework should increase as a pupil gets older.

3. Homework should not cause undue stress on the pupil, family or the teacher.

4. It will not necessarily come in the form of a written task.

5. Homework should be set regularly from the Foundation Stage to Year 6.


3. Recommended Time Allocation


Homework should never be too onerous nor should it ever create stress within the pupil’s family. If parents have any concerns they should not hesitate to contact the school. Normally, more than one day will be allowed for the completion of a homework task, except where daily practice is to be encouraged e.g. reading, spellings and times tables.

The following are government recommendations as appropriate time allocations for homework activities:


Years 1 and 2 - 1 hour per week

Years 3 and 4 - 1.5 hours per week

Years 5 and 6 - 30 minutes per day

4. Homework Tasks


Year Group

Reading (*)

SPaG (**)

Maths/Mental Maths

Cross Curricular Learning Challenge (***)


5 reading sessions a week

5 minutes weekly

5 minutes weekly

1 task termly


5 reading sessions a week

10 minutes weekly

10 minutes weekly

1 task termly


5 reading sessions a week

10 minutes weekly

10 minutes weekly

1 task termly


5 reading sessions a week

15 minutes weekly

15 minutes weekly

1 task termly


5 reading sessions a week

15 minutes weekly

15 minutes weekly

1 task termly


5 reading sessions a week

20 minutes weekly

20 minutes weekly

1 task termly


5 reading sessions a week

30 minutes weekly

30 minutes weekly

1 task termly



All homework will be sent home as follows:


Maths / Mental Maths sent home on a Monday

Due in the following Wednesday

SPaG/English sent home on a Thursday

Due in the following Monday

Cross-Curricular Learning

An agreed termly date



*Each reading session children should be reading an appropriately challenging book. Each reading session should be recorded in the reading log.

** SPaG homework will generally either be set from the phonic pattern/spelling rule that the children have been learning, topic words or from the New Curriculum word lists for each year group.

*** The cross curricular homework will be in the form of a project related to the topic set by year group. The project will be sent home to parents giving the children a selection of different ideas that children could complete (from a range of curriculum subjects). There is no limit to how the children present their work however we would like them to complete at least one of the tasks set. Children will then share their homework with the class and receive feedback on their project.


The children will have one main homework book


Each book should be looked after carefully and respected like all other school books. In some year groups there may be additional books to those mentioned above.


The Class Teacher will:


· To provide an explanation of homework tasks to parents when necessary and give guidance of how they might assist their child.

· To set up regular homework in an easily followed routine.

· To ensure that homework is set consistently across classes.

· To set homework that takes equal opportunities into account.

· To ensure any homework is purposeful and links directly to the taught curriculum.

· To reward and praise children who regularly complete homework tasks.

· To mark homework and give feedback to pupils.


The Headteacher and Governing Body will:


· To check compliance of the Policy.

· To meet and talk with parents when appropriate.

· To discuss with staff how far the policy is being successfully implemented.

· Inform new parents to the school so that they are aware of the home/school agreement and what it entails.


Parents and Carers will:


· To sign a home school agreement dealing with homework.

· To support the school by ensuring that their child attempts the homework.

· To provide a suitable place for their child to carry out their homework.

· To encourage and praise their child when they have completed their homework.

· To become actively involved and support their child with homework activities.

· To make it clear that they value homework and they support the school by explaining how it can help learning.


At St Mary of Charity Primary School we are very keen for parents to support and help their children with homework. We take the view that children are likely to get more out of an activity if parents get involved as long as they do not prevent independent learning. However, there are times when we will want to see what children can do on their own. It is particularly important, as they get older, for children to become increasingly independent in their learning. If a parent is unsure about what their role should be, they should discuss it with their child's teacher.


If a child is absent for a length of time e.g. with a broken leg, the teacher and the parent will agree what should be done, how it should be marked and what sort of help needs to be given. It is not possible to give homework when parents take holidays in term time.


Parents/Carers who have queries about homework should not hesitate to make an appointment to see their child’s class teacher.


Equal Opportunities:


The governors and staff are committed to providing the full range of opportunities for all pupils, regardless of gender, disability, ethnicity, social, cultural or religious background. All pupils have access to the curriculum, and the right to a learning environment, which dispels ignorance, prejudice or stereotyping.


This policy has been impact assessed by the schools Senior Leadership Team in order to ensure that it does not have an adverse affect on race, gender or disability equality.


Policy Written by: Miss H C Tudor (Headteacher)


Policy Adopted Date: September 2016


Policy Review Date: September 2018