Homework in our school takes various forms depending on the age of the pupils. For example, for younger children it may be practicing reading and the learning of spellings and tables to support their learning in school, while for the upper juniors it may be additional work to prepare them for the demands of secondary school.


We are also mindful that children have the opportunities and experiences outside of school that are equally important in developing and enriching their lives. Our policy and practice therefore recognises the need for the children to have time to be children!


The purpose of Homework

As a child progresses through primary school, homework has some or all of the following purposes depending on the age of the child and format of the homework


  • It consolidates and reinforces the skills and understanding learnt in school.
  • It can extend school based learning.
  • It fosters the partnership between the school and parents in achieving the aims of the school for the benefit of the child.
  • It helps develop the confidence and self-discipline the child needs to study on their own.


Aims and Responsibilities

Mindful of the above purposes of homework, our aims in setting homework are to:-


  • Give children further practice of the skills and concepts learnt during the school day.
  • Extend and support the learning experiences in school via reinforcement and revision.
  • Enable parents to share in their child’s education in partnership with the school.
  • Provide progression towards independence and individual responsibility in upper Key Stage 2 to prepare the children for transfer to High School.
  • Ensure consistency of approach throughout the school.


The school, parents and pupils each have responsibilities regarding homework. These are as follows:-


School is responsible for setting and monitoring homework appropriate to the child’s age and ability.


Parents are responsible for providing their child with time, space, encouragement and support with any homework they have including hearing the child read and assisting in the learning of tables and spellings.


Pupils are responsible for undertaking any homework set and remembering to take home and return to school all books and equipment needed to undertake their homework.


Time allocation for homework


These are recommended time allocations for homework. This is only a guide, and whilst the school endeavors to follow these guidelines carefully, there may be times when these guides are modified or changed.


KS1 – Years 1 and 2 Up to 1 hour per week
Lower KS2 – Years 3 and 4 Up to 1.5 hours per week
Upper KS2 – Years 5 and 6 Up to 2 hours per week
Reception Up to 1 hour per week


When setting homework teachers will be mindful of the above time allocations and will distribute the homework across the days and week accordingly. Where the homework involves learning spellings and/or tables, the checking of this may take the form of a test set on a specific day of the week. Parents will be notified which day the test will be administered in order that they can support the child in their homework by ensuring the homework learning task is completed by the day of the test. Homework tasks set will generally practise skills the children have learned during recent lesson activities.


Compulsory Possible additions/Other curriculum areas
Reception Phonics cards, Reading books: Books changed on Monday & Friday Letter & number formation activities
Year 1 Phonics homework, Reading books: Books changed when ready, English work

Maths (Usually Edshed)

Topic tasks grid

Letter formation/handwriting
Year 2 Phonics homework, Reading books: Books changed when ready, English work.

Maths (Usually Edshed)

Topic tasks grid

Letter formation/handwriting
Year 3 Phonics or spelling, homework, Reading books: Books changed when ready, English work, spellings.

Maths (Usually Edshed)

Topic tasks grid

Year 4 Phonics or spelling  homework, Reading books: Books changed when ready, English work

Maths (Usually Edshed)

Topic tasks grid

Year 5 Spelling homework, Reading books changed when   work, English work.

Maths (Usually Edshed)

Topic tasks grid

Handwriting,Topic research
Year 6 Spelling homework, Reading books: Children to change in school when they have read them, English work.

Maths (usually Edshed)

Topic tasks grid.

  • Topic Research
  • 100 spelling words
  • SATs questions

Each half-term we have a homework celebration afternoon when children can view each others’ homework tasks across the school. Children are rewarded with housepoints and feedback for the work they have done.


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