Staff at Westerings Primary Academy believe that homework is important for the following reasons:-

  • Homework helps to reinforce and consolidate skills and understanding, particularly Literacy and Numeracy.
  • Homework emphasises that learning does not only take place in school.
  • There are opportunities for learning at home that do not exist at school, for example at home, children can work one-to-one with an adult.
  • Taking work home for parents/carers to support helps to develop a partnership between the school and home and helps parents/carers to be informed and up-to-date with what their child is doing in school.
  • Children are helped to develop the confidence and self-discipline to study on their own and be responsible for their own learning.
  • Children are prepared for the requirements in all stages of their education and in older children preparing them for secondary education.

Responsibility for homework

  1. The teacher will set, review, assess and record homework for each child.
  2. The teacher will keep a homework register of work returned.
  3. The child to ensure that homework is recorded, completed and handed in on time.
  4. The parent/carer will ensure that homework is completed and where appropriate handed in.

Should your child not return their homework, they will remain in the classroom at playtime.

If three consecutive pieces of homework are not returned, the teacher will contact the parent/carer.

Please ensure that you check the homework diary and return it to school EVERY day.

The type and amount of homework which is appropriate for pupils of different ages

The government suggests that 20 minutes of homework per evening is suitable for children in Years 3 and 4. This will include daily reading. The government further suggests that by Year 5 and 6 children should be doing approximately 30 minutes of homework each evening.

Government Recommendations for homework time allocations

Reception, Key Stage 1 (Infants)

1 hour per week

(reading, spellings, other literacy work andnumber work)

Yrs 3 & 4

1.5 hours per week

(Literacy and Numeracy as for Key Stage 1 with occasional assignments in other subjects)

Yrs 5 & 6

30 minutes per day

(regular weekly schedule with continued emphasis on literacy and numeracy, but also ranging widely over the curriculum)

Daily reading, which the government recommends all children should do, will form part of this homework, or could be in addition to it.