As mentioned on the Key Information page, homework is set on Thursday and may be handed in on either the Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, at the latest giving four opportunities for pupils to remember to hand it in. Regardless of the reason, homework handed in after this will be marked as late and pupils who do not have completed homework in school by the Friday morning will be required to complete it during their breaktime. In the event that homework is not set for some reason, a message will always be sent out on classdojo meaning that grown-ups will know whether there really is no homework or if their pupil has forgotten to bring it home.
As pupils are now in KS2, I would be expecting them to take responsibility for remembering their homework and for the quality of it. I expect them to take care of their homework books and use the same presentation that would be required in school. Ideally, pupils will use a pencil or black pen to complete their work as they would in school. A blue pen would also be fine although as teachers mark in this colour, it may make it harder to spot.
Homework is set in three parts:
- A formal piece of homework is set each week which recaps on an element of learning. This is planned to be a recap and should not take more than 30 minutes to complete. If pupils are struggling with it, I recommend that they attend homework club on a Monday lunchtime where I can assist them with it.
- A set of spellings is set each week with the expectation that pupils will practice and learn these words. They will usually follow a rule which has been introduced in lessons on the previous week. A spelling test will take place on Friday and the results will be placed in pupil's homework books for you to see.
- Reading is possibly the most important part of your child's homelearning. Pupils should be encouraged to read as much as possible and should try to read upwards of four times a week to an adult at home.