Homework is not a compulsory part of education and the government provide guidelines only with regards to the amount and type of homework. Ideally children should be going home to relax, have fun and enjoy spending time with their family. The homework set at Tudor Grange Primary Academy Haselor is designed so that children have an opportunity to research, design, reflect on areas they have learnt and enjoy practical activities. We also recognise that today children participate in many activities outside school which often result in them not returning home until after 6pm. This is too late for children to be sitting down and trying to concentrate. Please try to encourage your child to manage their time so that some of the weekend is devoted to trying to complete some of the activities that have been set. If for one reason or another your child has not been able to complete any homework then let their class teacher know and time will be allocated in school to support them.
Reception children will be given homework to support their learning of phonics, handwriting and maths. These will be short activities to learn key facts. They will also complete projects related to their topic.
Year One and Two will be asked to learn spellings and multiplication facts, to read their book and comment on it, complete a maths activity (either through mathletics or a sheet), complete a creative project linked to their topic.
Year Three and Four are given weekly spelling and multiplication facts to learn, asked to read their book, make a comment and occasionally complete a book review, complete a maths activity (either through mathletics or a sheet), complete a writing or comprehension activity and complete a project linked to their topic.
Year Five and Six are given weekly spellings and are expected to find a definition for the word and also synonyms. They will learn multiplication & division facts, asked to read their book, make a comment and occasionally complete a book review, complete a maths activity (either through mathletics or a sheet), complete a writing or comprehension activity and complete a project linked to their topic.
Children from Year 1 to Year 6 are registered on Mathletics – an online site for learning maths. Please make sure your child has an opportunity to go on it. If you do not have access to a computer then please let the teacher know.
All children should be reading every day. Your child doesn’t necessarily have to be the reader. You can read to them so they get used to hearing expression and how punctuation is used. Have a chat after reading about the book to show understanding.
There are no set times that children should be expected to work on homework. If your child is becoming stressed and upset scrap the homework and go outside to play or play a game. Just have fun. Far more beneficial.
Encouraging your child to go to bed at a reasonable hour is the best thing for them. Whilst we sleep any information we store in our short term memory transfers to our long term memory. Research has shown that children today are sleeping less and therefore are not transferring learning throughout the day to long term memory and so struggle to remember key facts etc. So early to bed really does make you wise!