Our homework policy
We believe that homework can be beneficial to children’s learning in certain circumstances. The Education Endowment Fund (EEF) have collated research from many areas of education and concluded that whilst there is some benefit at secondary level, “there is much less evidence of benefit at primary level.” As a school that wishes to ensure our pupil and teacher workload is balanced and sensible, we do not wish to create tasks which do not offer clear benefits. As a consequence, we set homework in the following ways:
Year 1 – Year 6
All children are given times tables to learn on a weekly basis and parents are encouraged to read at least four times a week with children. The benefits of reading with children are significant; the choice of book also matters a great deal. In all classes across the school, we have banded books to ensure that children are aware of which books will provide them with an appropriate level of challenge. In Key Stage 2, these are 'real' books which we have allocated to bands to support children make appropriate, challenging choices. All children should have a book which they can take home with them to practise reading. Certificates are awarded in our Celebration Assemblies when children complete reading 5, 10 or more books.
All children from Year 1 to Year 6 have an individual login for Times Tables Rock Stars. Please ask your teacher if you can not find your login details.
In addition, some children have access to Letter Join.
Year 5 – Year 6
Part-way through Year 5, children are introduced to additional home learning tasks. Research analysed by John Hattie makes it clear that for older children there is more positive evidence for the advantages of homework, where tasks are set appropriately and focus on rote learning or the rapid recall of methods or facts. It also begins to build a routine of home learning which will become important as children enter secondary school in Year 7.
Having said that, children often share learning with us that they have undertaken independently at home and we would absolutely encourage this kind of learning. It is great to see the fabulous learning that our children push themselves to achieve and we always enjoy the extra knowledge and ideas that children share with us about their project learning.
We also think that there are many other ways that children can valuably spend their time outside of school – for example the National Trust’s 50 things to do before you’re 11 3/4.