GREAT BRADFORDS JUNIOR SCHOOL
We believe homework consolidates and reinforces skills and understanding in English, mathematics and other curriculum areas; helps raise the level of achievement of individual pupils; provides opportunities for parents and children to work together and, thereby, fosters an effective partnership between home and school.
We value the support of parents and carers and we believe that this guidance will be successful if there is a strong partnership between home and school.
We recognise that family life is subject to different time constraints and pressures and there is often more than one child in the family. Also we acknowledge that all children need leisure time and several children are involved in other activities out of school. Therefore, we hope that this guidance reflects a balance so children can extend and consolidate their learning with parental support while still allowing ‘down time.’
We are proposing that homework will consist of regular daily and weekly activities, with an extended project each half term. The regular weekly activities will be:
To read for 10 – 20 minutes on a daily basis to an adult. If the child is a fluent reader then for the child to read independently but to spend a few minutes talking to an adult about their reading (a suggested list of questions can be found on the Reading page).
To investigate a weekly spelling rule or focus on commonly used words relevant to the current learning. Some children may also have a list of common words which are age appropriate to learn over a period of time which do not fit into regular spelling patterns. For those who struggle to learn spellings a good approach is to look at the word, cover it up and write it out then check. On the spelling page you can find a copy of the spelling leaflet which sets out the expectations in the national curriculum and a range of approaches which children can use to practise their spellings.
Tables or number facts and My Maths
To learn their times tables or other number facts provided by the teacher. As the children get older they should have instant recall of both multiplication and division facts in a random order. More information, including the expectations of the national curriculum, can be found on the Multiplication Tables page.
The children will also be set a half termly project linked to their topic which they can complete over a period of time – more detailed information will be provided from the class teachers.
It may be appropriate for additional homework to be given linked to the current learning, but we believe that if the children learn and practise their basic skills at home of reading, spellings and tables this will help them with their core learning in school. As the children get older, particularly in year 6, they may bring more homework home as part of their preparation for secondary school and also to complement their learning in school. Occasionally a child may be asked to bring work home to complete and in this case either the child or an adult will write this into their homework diary.