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We aim to create a positive attitude towards home learning and help set good habits for secondary school by establishing a joy of learning both in and out of school. We are concerned that the work is of interest to the children and matched to their ability. We ask that parents support their child with any home learning given. 

Home learning routines begin in Reception with a focus on reading.  Our primary task is to foster an independent joy of reading.  This can be done by sharing books, being read to by an adult and exploring a wide range of books.  Sharing a book with your child is a pleasure and will provide a positive model for their future learning. There will also be simple tasks to complete at home from learning phonics, mathematics and key words. Linking home to school are the Brilliant Books which the school sends home once every half term.  These provide an opportunity for families to record events, activities or trips that they have shared with their children. The Brilliant Books start in Reception and are an on-going record of home-life events up until the end of Year 2. 

From Year 1 onwards, home learning increases to include maths tasks and English or topic related tasks. Daily reading and number bonds leading onto times-table practice are expected.  ‘Meet the Parent’s’ meetings are held at the start of each year where parents are invited in to meet the new teachers where they are informed about year group routines, topics and expectations. These change as a child progresses through school and by Year 6 children are really expected to be managing tasks independently however they will value a parent’s support and advice on its quality. This reflects our school aim of ‘we understand ourselves’ and our belief that curious learners should be motivated to learn. 

As far as possible, home learning is related to class topics which are taken from the school’s curriculum which is supported by the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). Each topic is supported by a topic booklet that will be shared at the start of each new theme or can be found on the school’s website. The booklet provides a digest of what the children will be learning and how families can support and help.  Where appropriate, home learning is differentiated to meet the needs of the learner but will always seek to challenge the individual.

Year Group

Homework

Maximum Time

Total/week

R

  • Reading – Library books each night
  • Tricky Words Practice
  • Phonics

5 minutes/night

10 minutes

10 minutes

45 minutes

1

  • Reading – Library books each night
  • Tricky Words Practice/Phonics
  • Number Bonds work
  • Literacy/Numeracy – 1 piece each week

5 minutes/night

10 minutes

10 minutes

10 minutes

55 minutes

2

  • Reading – Library books each night
  • Tricky Words Practice/Phonics
  • Number Bonds work
  • Literacy/Numeracy – 1 piece each week

5 minutes/night

10 minutes

10 minutes

15 minutes

1 hour

3

  • Reading – Library books each night
  • Spellings or Tables – 5 minutes each day
  • Literacy/Numeracy – 1 piece each week
  • Topic research each term

5 minutes/night

25 minutes

20 minutes

1 hour 10 minutes

4

  • Reading – Library books each night
  • Spellings or Tables –5 minutes each day
  • Literacy/Numeracy – 1 piece each week
  • Topic research each term

5 minutes/night

25 minutes

25 minutes

1 hour 20minutes

5

  • Reading – Library books each night
  • Spellings– 5 minutes each day
  • Literacy – 1 piece each week
  • Numeracy – 1 piece each week
  • Topic research each term

5 minutes/night

25 minutes

25 minutes

 25 minutes

1 hour 40 minutes

6

  • Reading – Library books
  • Spellings – 5 minutes each day
  • Literacy – 1 piece each week
  • Numeracy – 1 piece each week
  • Topic research each term

5 minutes/night

25 minutes

30 minutes

 30 minutes

1 hour 55 minutes