Homework

At Nailsworth C of E Primary School, homework is considered an important part of a child’s development and education. Homework plays a positive role in raising a child’s level of attainment and is an integral part of the curriculum – it is planned and prepared alongside all other programmes of learning. 

One of the aims of our teaching is for children to develop as independent, successful learners. We believe that doing homework is one of the ways in which children can begin to really participate in their own journey of learning. This is most successful when it’s supported by adults at home.

In the Foundation Stage (Reception) and at Key Stage 1 (Years 1-2) we give children books to take home and read with their parents. We give guidance to parents on achieving the maximum benefit from this time spent reading with their child. We also ask Key Stage 1 children to learn spellings or mathematical tables as part of their homework. When we ask children to study a topic, or to research a particular subject, we encourage children to use not only school books but also the local library, as well as the internet.

At Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6) we continue to give children homework activities similar to those outlined above and we expect children to consolidate and reinforce the learning done in school through practice at home. We also set homework as a means of helping the children to revise for examinations, as well as to ensure that prior learning has been understood, specifically in Year 6.

Homework is marked and/or given feedback in a variety of age appropriate ways. Homework completed well is acknowledged and praised – each class has their own rewards system. There may be issues arising from the work, which the teacher will follow up in lesson time.

If parents have any questions about homework, they should, in the first instance, contact the child’s class teacher. For further information about school policy on homework, please refer to our homework policy.

Homework by Class

Click on the drop down menus below to see how homework is set in your child’s class:

EYFS (Reception)

Children in EYFS have a scrap book to add anything that interests them. This could be art work, writing, numbers, photos, trips out or family-related adventures. This can be brought in anytime for children to share their work. Please practise phonics with your children and make sure you are listening to them read and reading with them every day. For more information on how we teach phonics, please visit the spelling section of our English page.

The school-wide Rewarding Reading Scheme will continue this year. To take part, children will have to have their reading record signed four times a week and will have to bring in their reading record on a Thursday

 See below for more information on how you can help at home.

Year 1

Reading: All children will have a book in their book bags. Please make time to read this with your child daily. Books can be changed as often as they like by placing them in the red year 1 book box on the table by the lunchboxes.

The school-wide Rewarding Reading Scheme will continue this year. To take part, children will have to have their reading record signed four times a week and will have to bring in their reading record on a Thursday

Spelling: Spellings will be set on Friday and tested on a Friday. The spellings will be taken from the national curriculum. On our English page you will find guidance for phonics, along with the more challenging ‘exception words’ and the words your children need to know by the end of year 1.

Topic: Although not compulsory, any work created at home in relation to our topic will be celebrated and encouraged!

See below for more information on how you can help at home.

Year 2

Reading: All children will have a book in their book bags. Please make time to read this with your child daily. Once read, books can be changed by your child/children themselves, at the beginning of the day.

The school-wide Rewarding Reading Scheme will continue this year. To take part, children will have to have their reading record signed four times a week and will have to bring in their reading record on a Thursday

Spelling: At the beginning of each half term the current year 2 common exception word list will be given for children to take home and learn. In addition, any spelling from previous terms that your child/children struggle with will be given. All of these are assessed termly. On our English page you will find guidance for spelling and the lists of the common exception words.

Homework scrapbooks: Children are encouraged to research, make, write about and investigate anything to do with our current topic. It is lovely to see that so many of you help your children to do this and take photos of progress which are stuck into their books. Your child will get a chance to present their hard work to the rest of the class, during each week.

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Year 3

Reading: All children will have a book in their book bags. Please make time to read this with your child daily. Books can be changed as often as they like by placing them in the tray in the book corner and choosing a new book from the shelves or coloured boxes in the book corner.

The school-wide Rewarding Reading Scheme will continue this year. To take part, children will have to have their reading record signed four times a week and will have to bring in their reading record on a Thursday.

Spelling: Spellings will be set on Friday and tested on a Friday. The spellings will be taken from the national curriculum. Children who get 7 out of 10 for their spellings will be rewarded with a house point.  On our English page you will find guidance for spelling and the words your children need to know by the end of year 3, including lists of the common exception words.

Maths: Please support children at home with their times tables alongside their homework. Times Table Rock Stars can be accessed online in our Kids Corner.

Topic: Topic related homework will be set on a Friday, to be handed in the following Wednesday.

Rewards: The table with the highest number of house points each week gets to choose the Golden Time activity on a Friday afternoon. The number of points earnt across the whole class will be the number of minutes Golden Time the whole class gets.

If completing homework at home is difficult, children will have the opportunity to catch up on a Tuesday break time.

 See below for more information on how you can help at home.

Year 4

Reading: All children will have a book in their book bags. Please make time to read with your child daily.

The school-wide Rewarding Reading Scheme will continue this year. To take part, children will have to have their reading record signed four times a week and will have to bring in their reading record on a Thursday.

Spelling: Spellings will be set on Friday and tested the following FridayA new list will be given out weekly. The spellings will be taken from the national curriculum.

Maths: Maths based homework is set on a Monday and due in the following Monday. This supports in-class learning and lets parents know what children are focusing on in class. Please support children at home with their times tables alongside their homework. Times Table Rock Stars can be accessed online in our Kids Corner.

Topic: In Year 4, we give out a half termly homework menu with four homework suggestions. Each item on the homework menu can only be completed once a half term. These activities support our broad and balanced school curriculum. 

Rewards: Children who hand in their homework will be rewarded with Raffle tickets with prizes to be won!

If completing homework at home is difficult, children will have the opportunity to catch up on a Tuesday break time.

See below for more information on how you can help at home

Year 5

Reading: All children will have a book in their book bags. Please make time to read with your child daily and ensure their reading records are in their bag every day for one to one reading in school throughout the week. The school-wide Rewarding Reading Scheme will continue this year. Reading records need to be in on Thursday to be checked ahead of the Reading Challenge. Please record the amount of time your child reads for and sign this.

Spelling: Spellings will be set on Friday and tested on a Friday and a new list will be given at the start of each term. The spellings will be taken from the national curriculum.

Maths: Maths based homework is set on a Friday and due in the following Wednesday. This supports in-class learning and lets parents know what children are focusing on in class. Please support children at home with their times tables alongside their homework.  Times Table Rock Stars can be accessed online in our Kids Corner.

English: English homework is set on a Friday and due in the following Wednesday. This supports in-class learning aswell.  

Topic: click here to view the menu of optional homework activities for your child to complete over the term. These are related to our topic: Year 5 homework menu Autumn 1

Rewards: Children who hand in their homework will be rewarded with Raffle tickets with prizes to be won!

If completing homework at home is difficult, children will have the opportunity to catch up on a Friday break time.

See below for more information on how you can help at home.

Year 6

Children will have a letter at the front of their homework outlining what should be completed each week. As a guide:

Reading: All children will have a book in their book bags. Please make time to read with your child daily.

The school-wide Rewarding Reading Scheme will continue this year. To take part, children will have to have their reading record signed four times a week and will have to bring in their reading record on a Thursday.

Spelling: Spellings will be set on Friday and tested on a Friday and a new list of 6-8 words will be given out weekly. The spellings will be taken from the national curriculum.

Maths: Maths based homework is set on a Friday and due in the following Wednesday. This supports in-class learning and lets parents know what children are focusing on in class. Please support children at home with their times tables alongside their homework.  Times Table Rock Stars can be accessed online in our Kids Corner.

Topic: Occasionally, children will have homework related to our class topic. 

Rewards: Children who hand in their homework on time will be rewarded with a house point

If completing homework at home is difficult, children will have the opportunity to catch up on a Monday break time.

See below for more information on how you can help at home.

How to Help at Home

We ask parents to encourage their child to complete the homework tasks that are set. We invite them to help their children as and when they feel it to be necessary, to provide them with the sort of environment that allows children to do their best. Parents can support their child by providing a good working space at home, by enabling their child to visit the library regularly, and by discussing the work that their child is doing.

Tips to help make homework easier:

  • Do find a quiet, comfortable place at home to use as a homework area. It needs a flat surface, a good light source, have a comfortable temperature and the right equipment e.g. pens, pencils, ruler, scissors, glue
  • Do be aware of the school teaching methods, e.g. in long division – look out for the regular parent information sessions run in school, plus our Mathematics and English web pages offer information on the methods we use in school and the key skills children are learning in each class 
  • Don’t teach your child methods you used at school as this can be confusing for them
  • Do allow your child to have something nutritional to eat and drink before starting on homework
  • Do discuss any homework tasks with your child and how it connects with what they are studying in class
  • Do turn off the TV and move distractions away – but you could have music on if they find it helpful
  • Don’t give your child the answer in order to get a task finished. Instead, explain how to look up information or find a word in a dictionary
  • Don’t ask your child to do homework when they are tired – choose a time when they can focus and not be rushed 
  • Don’t let homework become a chore. Keep it fun and make it a special time that you both look forward to.

Tips for helping your child to enjoy books:

  • Encourage your child to pretend to ‘read’ a book before he or she can read words.
  • Visit the library as often as possible – take out CDs and DVDs as well as books.
  • Schedule a regular time for reading – perhaps when you get home from school or just before bed.
  • Buy dual-language books if English isn’t your family’s first language – you can talk about books and stories, and develop a love for them, in any language.
  • Look for books on topics that you know your child is interested in – maybe dragons, insects, cookery or a certain sport.
  • Make sure that children’s books are easily accessible in different rooms around your house.
For more ideas on how to help your child at home with spelling and reading, please visit our English page by clicking here

Tips for helping your child to enjoy maths:

  • Point out the different shapes to be found around your home
  • Take your child shopping and talk about the quantities of anything you buy
  • Let your child handle money and work out how much things cost and the change needed
  • Look together for numbers on street signs and car registration plates
  • Play word games when driving – see how many words you can find to describe a tree or a house that you pass
For more ideas on how to help your child at home with maths, please visit our Maths page by clicking here.  On this page you can also access SATs practice papers and information about learning times tables.