Our pupils work very hard and the school day is packed with activities that leave many of our pupils quite tired at the end of the day! Pupils often have a busy programme of events outside school, which may include religious commitments, music, or sporting activities and events, which take up time after school. Pupils also need relaxation time with friends and family to widen their experiences beyond the classroom.
There are, nonetheless, some aspects of schoolwork, which can be reinforced purposefully at home. The main emphasis placed upon home learning in the Primary Phase is to allow our pupils the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills beyond the classroom context.
Pupils in Years 1 to 6 will receive a homework grid with multiple tasks each half term linked to the learning in their class. These tasks will be varied and should be worked around pupils activities and family commitments. We fully appreciate how important pupils home life is to their overall development and we do not want families struggling to complete homework at the expense of family time. As some tasks involve the use of resources, a weekly homework club will be held to help pupils access materials for their activities or help them create their homework. Pupils can drop in to this club if and when they would like the support.
We will also hold a ‘Homework Share’ showcase once a half term where parents and carers will be invited into classrooms to share their child’s/children’s learning and homework. The dates will be shared via KKS, Class Charts and Class Dojo each half term. To read about the latest Homework Share, please click here.
In addition to the homework grid, weekly spellings will be sent home for pupils to learn to then be tested on the following week and their scores for each test will be recorded in their planners. Daily reading is also vitally important to develop pupils vocabulary and imagination. We would like our KS1 pupils to spend 10 minutes each day reading a book and pupils in KS2 to read for at least 20 minutes.
EYFS homework differs slightly. EYFS pupils are expected to read with an adult at home for 10 minutes each day. ‘Home learning challenges’ will be sent home or shared via Class Dojo to complete at home linked to the topic. Additionally, phonics sounds and work will be sent home to complement the sounds that the pupils will have be learning when the staff feel this would benefit the pupils.
If you would like any additional homework for your child/children please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher and they will be more than happy to share further activities that would benefit your child/children.
We have created a list of useful sites for you to use alongside your child’s home learning activities. The following links have been selected by our teaching staff for their suitability and will hopefully support you and the learning that takes place within the home.
If you have any feedback on the links below, or would like to recommend sites for us to add, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.