Mount Pleasant Primary School
Mount Pleasant Primary School is committed to working in close partnership with parents to secure the learning of children. The Homework Policy is the result of collaboration between parents and the school through the Parent/Teacher Advisory Group. The document provides information on the planning, setting and monitoring of homework along with our role as teachers and yours as parents.
Why is homework set?
Homework is set to:
- Consolidate work the children have been doing in class
- Prepare for future class work
- Investigate and use resources outside the school environment, e.g. library, museum etc
- Help them begin to develop skills in independent working
- Encourage ownership and responsibility for learning
- Train them in the planning and organising of their time
- Provide information for parents
- Provide opportunities for parents to co-operate and support
- Create home and school dialogue
What kind of homework is set?
Foundation Phase Homework
Children will complete a learning log that focuses on objectives that have been taught in school. The learning log allows us to quickly and easily share teaching objectives with you and your child. Once set up, the children then take the lead role in sharing and developing their knowledge and understanding and displaying this in a range of styles. The learning log is not an in depth assessment tool but more of a snapshot of what a child has or has not understood. Learning logs will be sent home at various intervals and will contain the date that they must be returned. For more information on learning logs please visit www.learninglogs.co.uk.
We recommend 5 - 10 minutes reading each day. Each child will have a home reader, at an appropriate level. These will be changed regularly during the week, by the class teacher.
Free-reading books will be sent home weekly. Children will be able to choose their own free reader, which may be too difficult for them to read themselves but is meant for you to enjoy together.
Story sacks will be sent home twice a term. These include a story book and a variety of other resources and are meant to be enjoyed with parents and children. They will be sent home on a Mondayy and need to be returned on the following Monday.
Rec: No spellings sent home
Yr 1: In the Spring Term the class teacher will send home a list of words each week suitable for your child to learn.
Yr 2: Spellings from September
Each term teachers will send home a booklet containing activities that can be played at home. These activities are linked to the areas of maths being covered in class.
We recommend 10 - 15 minutes reading 5 times a week as a part of homework. Each child will have a home reader, a few levels below instructional reading taught in Guided Reading sessions. These will be changed weekly by the class teacher or teaching assistant.
Each week the class teacher will send home a list of words for children to learn. This list is suited to an individual child's spelling age. Where a child is making excellent progress they will be given more challenging words to learn.
Each term teachers will send home a booklet containing activities that can be played at home. These activities are linked to the areas of maths being covered in class. There are very positive results from doing these activities at home. Teachers encourage these games are played 5 times a week.
Other areas of study
Children may be asked to research a particular topic. They can use a variety of sources for this, such as books, documentaries, the internet, relatives etc etc. The class teacher will provide the resources to complete this study. Sometimes, a work sheet will be given for children to complete, at other times the children will be expected to extract pertinent information and organise it into an appropriate structure. This is training them to plan and organise effectively.
Practical activities may require parents to work with their children. This is working with children and not doing it all for them.
Some activities will require children to practice something they have just done in class. This gives them an opportunity to practice their newly acquired skill. If they complete it easily, that is good. Parents can inform the teacher.
The chief criteria in setting homework tasks is the purpose and quality of the activity rather than the quantity.
- Homework is intended to be a shared process between child and grown up.
- Homework ideas will be sent out half termly.
- You can do as much or as little as you wish.
- All homework projects to be sent in during the last week of term.
- Homework will be celebrated and rewarded with certificates and pupil rewards.
- Each half term homework activities will change to support classroom activities.
Children will take home a book to share and enjoy. Reading is important to reinforce the strategies learnt in school during guided reading and shared reading where text is more challenging. The home reader should be a comfortable read in order to promote enjoyment of reading.
When is the best time to do homework?
The best time for children is a time negotiated between an individual family. Bed time is a nice time for sharing a book, telling a story or, for older children, reading for pleasure.
Responsibility falls on the child and parent for the completion of homework, this will be collected by the class teacher when required (notification will be given prior to the date).
Rewards and Sanctions
While there are no specific sanctions for failure to return or complete homework and we have no desire to introduce any, we firmly believe that homework is a crucial aspect of learning. Teachers will set homework which is useful and relevant and will record the names of the pupils who consistently fail to undertake the homework tasks. Parents/Guardians of those pupils will be notified of this fact and their support pursued.
If a child is difficulty with completing homework it is useful for parents to inform the class teacher.
Children may not have written homework every night. Reading will always be an expectation.
Inclusive Learning where parents/guardians and children work together as learning partners or supporters, is important in developing the skills for learning.
For some ideas of what to do at home to develop certain skills, please check the school website on:
Ideas for what can be done at home to develop certain skills. The website offers useful advice and links.
Mount Pleasant Primary School is committed to equality, including racial equality, for all members of the school community. The school promotes a positive and proactive approach to valuing and respecting diversity, and will not tolerate racial harassment of any kind. Mount Pleasant is committed to providing a curriculum and environment that challenges and extends the learning and opportunities for more able and talented pupils.
Ratified : Nov 08
Reviewed: Nov 11
Review Date Nov 14