Home Learning

We believe it is very important for children to become independent lifelong learners and therefore   the most important thing for children to do at home is to read every day.  Reading is an essential skill for lifelong learning and it is essential that children get as much practice as possible.

Homework plays an important part in helping to develop independent learning skills and we therefore like to give children some choice in the homework they complete.    By encouraging children to take greater ownership of their homework, children are producing fabulous pieces of work that reflect high quality learning.

Homework provides the opportunity for parents to involve themselves in their children’s learning. Children of all ages are expected to read every day and homework gradually increases to about two hours a week in Year 6.


  • To extend learning already started in lessons e.g. through additional reading.
  • To make best use of learning resources of all kinds available through the home.
  • To encourage pupils to develop the confidence, self-discipline and habits needed to study on their own.
  • To ensure that skills, particularly in literacy and numeracy, developed in classroom learning receive additional re-enforcement and consolidation.
  • To encourage an effective educational partnership between school and parents/carers.
  • To prepare pupils for secondary school and the demands of higher education.

The school recommends that the approximate time allocated for homework activities should be:

  Length of time Content/ Activities
Reception 1 hour per week Reading, including key words, other literacy and numeracy work inc. games.
Year1 & 2 1 hour per week Reading, including key words, spelling, other literacy and numeracy work  inc. games. Topic work where relevant.
Year 3/4 1 ½  hours per week Reading and spelling. Keywords where appropriate. Other Literacy and Numeracy work.(inc. X tables 55 club).  Topic work where relevant
Year 5/6 Up to: ½ hour a day (equivalent to 2 ½ hours a week) Reading, including key words, spelling, other literacy and numeracy work  inc. games. Topic work where relevant.

Homework will be set on a Friday and handed in on a Thursday (except in Year 6, where homework may be handed out more frequently).

It is the child/ parents responsibility to hand homework in on time and this will be monitored by the class teacher.

A child may be asked to complete the homework in school time (playtime or golden time) if it is not completed at home.

Teachers will acknowledge all homework handed in on time and ensure homework is set according to this policy.

Parents and carers can help by:

  1. Making it plain that they value homework and ensuring homework is completed.
  2. Explaining to their children how homework will improve their learning.
  3. Providing a reasonably peaceful, suitable place where their children can do their homework.
  4. Using encouragement and praise when their children have completed their homework tasks.
  5. By actively involving themselves in the homework activities, especially with younger children.
  6. Reading with their child for 5 x 20 minute sessions (or equivalent) every week.