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At St Mary’s, we have a light-touch approach to homework. It is our view that children work incredibly hard at school and need time at home to assimilate the information they have learned during the day and enjoy other activities. Generally, our homework tasks focus on the consolidation of the acquisition of key skills in English and maths.
Early Years’ Foundation Stage: children are encouraged to read to their parents/carers at least three times a week. This fosters a love of reading as well as practising reading skills and acquiring a wider vocabulary. Children who read regularly at home tend to learn to read much quicker than those who don’t. They may also practise their phonics.
Year 1 and 2: in addition to EYFS, we also introduce a simple maths target for the children to practise linked to basic maths skills and a spelling list weekly.
Year 3, 4 and 5: children are expected to read regularly to a parent or if not, independently. Weekly spellings and multiplication tables are given. There will be a creative project set for children to do on a termly basis and this will build on and extend learning in class.
Year 6: in addition to Year 3, 4 and 5, sometimes an English or maths task may be sent home to consolidate learning in class. It is important that children approach the end of Primary School with the discipline and skills to be able to complete homework independently and on time in readiness for their Secondary Education.
Each teacher should let parents know when homework is expected to be handed in. Homework will be sent home in a folder or book and may form part of the discussion at parents' evenings,
We understand that home life can be very busy and some children participate in a lot of activities outside of school so time is precious. If children are unable to complete their homework at home, we will support them by giving them time in school to do so.
If parents require more homework for their children, there are a wealth of high quality publications that can be purchased for the appropriate year group in Maths, English and Science and there are a multitude of useful websites to explore online. Class teachers are able to advise parents if necessary.