Homework at OPJS
The school policy for homework was developed and agreed by the whole staff in consultation with parents and pupils and has the full agreement of the Governing Body.
Ensure that parents are clear about what their child is expected to do.
Ensure consistency of approach throughout the school.
To use homework as a tool to help to continue to raise standards of attainment.
Improve the quality of the learning experience offered to pupils and to extend it beyond the classroom environment.
Provide opportunities for parents, children and the school to work together in partnership in relation to children’s learning.
Encourage pupils and their parents to share and enjoy learning experiences.
Reinforce work covered in class by providing further opportunities for the individual pupil.
To practise or consolidate basic skills and knowledge, especially in Numeracy and Literacy.
Encourage children to develop the responsibility, confidence and self-discipline needed to study independently.
To prepare Year 6 pupils for the transfer to secondary school.
The Nature of Homework
All homework tasks and activities are designed to consolidate and reinforce skills and understanding in English and mathematics and enhance cross curricular teaching. The amount and frequency of homework set increases as the child gets older.
The children will receive prompt feedback on their homework in a variety of forms such as:
Praise and recognition during an achievement assembly
Parents are asked to:
Give teachers any feedback they feel might be useful
Encourage their children to talk about the feedback they have received
Contact the school if they have any concerns
Homework Tasks and Recommended Time Allocation
There is either an English or maths task set each week. Reading, spelling and multiplication tables are better achieved when completed in shorted daily sessions.
The following are government recommendations as appropriate time allocations for homework activities:
Years 3 and 4 - 1.5 hours per week
Years 5 and 6 - 30 minutes per day
Homework is dependent upon each specific year group and arrangements are distributed at the start of the year. These are subject to change. Homework policy is kept under constant review and stakeholders are welcome to offer suggestions and improvement.