Thank you all for taking part in our homework review last half term.
It is good to hear feedback and as a consequence we have slightly changed the policy. As expected there will be always be contradictory points of view – but there were some common themes:
Parents appreciated the advice given for the younger children – for example to concentrate on conversations, or share books with your children instead of formal written homework. Activities such as counting; helping with shopping and practicing times tables were also advised.
The amount of homework given as the children move up the school is something that parents disagree about – and as a school it is important that any homework we give is manageable for staff and useful for the pupils.As such we have increased the amount of homework Year 5 and 6 receive – and changed the structure of any half-term projects in Key Stage 2. This is so the children are better prepared for the demands of secondary school. Year 6 will now be given both maths and literacy each week.
In Key Stage 2 the children do have access to Google Classroom – which on occasion will provide some of the work that can be done. There is also regular reading which needs to be completed, and spellings. All of Key Stage 2 have diaries which can be used between home and school to support this. This is the same for all children in Key Stage 2.
It was also thought that perhaps parents are not made aware of expectations – particularly in Class 4 – and so this will be shared more frequently – usually in the form of emails to parents with holiday homework or impending deadlines.
The updated policy can be found here: Homework Policy Sept 2019