Homework

This is the Brandlehow Homework Policy.  

Homework represents one of the strongest links between a child’s school- and home-life. It offers parents and carers frequent opportunities to support their child’s learning and to engage with the work being carried out in class. It is essential that activities carried out at home are directly related to those introduced at school; at Brandlehow children understand that learning is not something that is confined and defined by the school gates.  

Aims and wider context

  1. To ensure that homework is an enjoyable, manageable and complementary part of children’s learning.
  2. To provide children with an opportunity to demonstrate skills and talents in contexts that reach beyond the classroom.
  3. To offer parents and carers insight into what their children are learning at Brandlehow.
  4. To provide parents and carers with the opportunity to work with their children in a structured manner.
  5. To provide children with an opportunity to approach tasks with creative freedom.
  6. To support independent learning.
  7. To prepare children for the demands of homework at secondary school.

Teaching strategies employed through homework

  1. Consolidation – To reinforce skills and concepts introduced in class.
  2. Rehearsal – To practise skills and concepts to ensure they are deeply embedded in children’s learning repertoires.
  3. ExplorationTo prepare children for future learning by allowing them to discover, independently, ideas related to a topic.
  4. Expansion – To extend children’s understanding of a topic by providing an opportunity to take learning to the next logical (or suitably divergent) stage.

Organisation

  1. All children are encouraged to read daily. We feel it is counter-productive to set a minimum reading time; to foster a love of books, a strictly-enforced time window does more damage than good. However, we recommend around five minutes per day for children in the EYFS, working up to around fifteen minutes as the children reach Year 6. Parents and carers are requested to hear their child ‘performance read aloud’ on a regular basis as a standalone skill.
  2. All children are provided with opportunities to choose high-quality books as part of their school routine. These books are taken home and should be brought back to school in book bags every day.
  3. Weekly and bi-weekly Numeracy and Literacy tasks begin to be set as children enter KS1. These may include spellings, times tables, SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) exercises, numeracy worksheets and short written tasks. Teachers are free to choose the amount and variety of work based on their children’s needs.
  4. Creative homework challenges are usually set on a half-termly basis. These will often link to the topic for the half-term.
  5. Work produced by children is valued and celebrated through display, discussion and, when suitable, written feedback. All work is acknowledged in accordance with the school’s marking policy.
  6. Children are encouraged to engage with their peers’ work and form a key part of the evaluative process.
  7. In Year 6, children are offered the opportunity to complete homework tasks in the classroom before school begins, at the class teacher’s discretion.

Equal Opportunities and Additional Needs

Homework activities are differentiated, where appropriate, to ensure the needs of pupils are best met. Creative challenges, in particular, are open-ended and adapted to ensure households with limited resources are able to access and succeed within a task.

If a child has difficulty with the work, we would expect them to ask for support from the class teacher before the due date to ensure they are able to complete the work. This is useful information as it informs the teacher about the independent capabilities of the child. Children are expected to complete their homework. However, if for any reason children are unable to complete their homework, the children are expected to explain to the class teacher why the homework has not been completed on the day that the homework was due to be returned to school. It is vital that children take responsibility for their own work. Sanctions may be employed – usually involving children completing homework during break times – for non-completion. Teachers keep records of children completing homework and these records are checked on a regular basis. Parents will be informed if non-completion recurs.