Parents/Carers will be given specific details of their child’s termly homework together with information about topics which will be covered at the beginning of the Autumn term. English and Maths will be the main focus of the homework in particular, reading, spelling and number work.
For Key Stage 1 pupils, including those in Reception, the homework will largely consist of regular reading with adults and of looking at books together. As children progress through Key Stage 2, regular reading continues to be crucial. This should take the form of reading to an adult, of reading on their own if the child is a fluent reader, or of using reference material to find information about a topic. Reading activities for all pupils should take 10 to 20 minutes a day.
Other English based homework may include learning sounds that individual or groups of letters make, learning to recognise key words, letter patterns or learning spellings.
In Maths, children in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 will be given tables to learn and number facts to practise.
‘Optional’ homework tasks may be set by the class teacher if children, or their parents, wish for them to complete further homework. This may include reading in preparation for lessons, written tasks (including work on the blog e.g. 100 word challenge), finding out more information or researching an individual topic.
Time allocation for homework
Reception, Year 1 and Year 2
1 hour/week (reading, spellings and number work)
Years 3 and 4
1.5 hours/week (reading, spellings and number work)
2 hours/week (reading, spellings and number work)
2.5 hours/week (reading, spellings and number work)