In the past, the Department for Education advised that Key Stage 1 children should do an hour of homework each week, rising to half an hour per night in Key Stage 2. This advice was scrapped in 2012, giving schools more freedom as to how much homework they should expect their pupils to complete and what type of homework they think their pupils will benefit from.
In Years 3 and 4, most schools set two homework activities each week: typically, one literacy (such as a worksheet on collective nouns, or a book review)and one numeracy (a worksheet on bar charts).
In Years 5 and 6, children may have two or three pieces of homework each week. The amount begins to increase to prepare children for SATs and for their transition to secondary school. These activities might include maths worksheets or revision workbooks; researching a topic, book reviews and spelling and grammar exercises.
Alongside formal homework tasks, most children bring home reading scheme books, with weekly spellings and times tables. We believe the more securely a child can read and spell and the more agile they can be with their mental arithmetic skills the better able they will be to work confidently and independently.
Parents will be informed of homework expectations and requirements during year group information sessions at the start of the school year.
Class teachers, in partnership with parents, establish the conditions where children are self-motivated and engage freely in activities and projects that are exciting and inspiring, enabling them increasingly to broaden, deepen and share their learning confidently.
Activities set as homework enable children to broaden their horizons and refine their own knowledge, skills and concepts linked to the programmes of study they experience in school.
We hope that our parents will understand and feel confident to support their children using their own knowledge, based on the good support and communication they receive from school.
All children are encouraged to complete homework and are rewarded with house points and Homework Hero certificates in our weekly assemblies.