Homework in the Early Years

Learning together is the emphasis for children in Reception. It is an ideal time to lay the foundations for continuing work at home and will be enhanced by exploring a range of activities together. The following are excellent activities:

  • Board games to encourage sharing, taking turns and the development of general language and social skills.
  • Art and craft activities.
  • Helping with everyday activities e.g. visits to the shops, baking (simple weighing), looking at environmental print such as signs.
  • Imaginative play including dressing up.
  • Oral games e.g. I spy.

Daily Reading

Children love being read to at home and they will also bring home their reading book to share with you. Discussing the story and the characters and asking questions about the book will help with your child’s understanding of language.

Children in the Early Years will be send home with sounds and tricky words to learn. These will be placed into their reading records on a weekly basis. Children will also be expected to read at home (their school book), with an adult a minimum of three times per week, which needs to be recorded in their reading record.

Number                                                                                                                      

Counting, recognising and talking about numbers are fundamental in the Early Years. Children may be asked at home to practise counting, talking about numbers or play a game to consolidate their understanding.

Children in the early years should spend no longer than 30 mins per week on homework.

Homework in Key Stage 1

Daily Reading

Reading on a regular basis to an adult is vital when children are in Year 1 and 2. Children should bring their library book home every evening, and the role of the adult is to listen and support them. It is important to remind them to use different strategies to read new words i.e., using their phonics knowledge to sound words out, blend and read an unknown word. Just as important is discussing the book to check that your child has understood what they have read.

Children in Year 1 and 2 will be expected to read at home (their school book), with an adult a minimum of three times per week, which needs to be recorded in their reading record.

Number

Counting, recognising and talking about numbers are fundamental in KS1. Children may be asked at home to practise counting, talking about numbers or play a game to consolidate their understanding. 

Children in key stage 1 should spend no longer than 30 minutes per week on homework.

Homework in Key Stage 2

Reading

Children may read to an adult, with an adult or read to themselves, in the presence of an adult. The story and characters should be talked about and new words discussed. Older children need a clear understanding of the text and begin to develop their confidence in discussing their reading preferences.

Children in KS2 will be expected to read at home (their school book), with an adult or checked by an adult, a minimum of three times per week, which needs to be recorded in their home journals.

Spelling 

In KS2 children will have weekly spelling lessons. The lessons will focus on reviewing, learning, practising and application of spellings. Children may have sounds, letter strings or words put into their reading/homework journals. These can be discussed and practised at home. We will not be conducting formal spelling tests.

Number

Recalling times tables improves memory skills, which is a transferrable skill that will help children throughout school and into adult life. Children will find it easier to solve maths problems and to do mental arithmetic if they have already memorised their times tables.

Children in KS2 will be asked to complete a minimum of 3 Timetables Rock star games on a weekly basis. The outcomes of this will be seen in daily maths lessons.

Children in key stage 2 should spend no more than 60 minutes per week on homework.