Home Learning Guidelines
At Cadbury Heath Primary School we recognise the importance of working in partnership with parents and ensuring all children are supported in their home learning. We ask all staff, parents and children to acknowledge this within our home-school partnership document.
Homework makes up one element of school and home working together and Cadbury Heath will ensure that all children get age appropriate homework which they can work on at home. We ask that all parents support in this.
The school guidelines for homework were developed and agreed by the whole staff taking into account feedback and comments from parents and pupils.
- To use home learning 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.
- Encourage children to continue to explore their learning at home through a variety of different learning styles and outcomes.
The Nature of Homework
It should be noted that homework can be set in many different forms with many different expectations and outcomes. Whilst an importance is placed on developing children’s key basic skills, we also want to encourage children to explore cross-curricular and more creative learning. It is important to remember that when setting homework there are a number of points to consider:
Recommended Time Allocation
Homework should never be too onerous nor should it ever create stress within the pupil’s family. If parents have any concerns they should not hesitate to contact the school. It is expected that homework is brought back to school at the specified time. The time and effort that children put into their homework will always be acknowledged by school. However, it should be noted that home learning activities will not be marked in the same way as in-class activities. Home learning activities are instead shared with the class, put on display around the school or referenced where links are made with their class learning. Children are also rewarded through the school rewards system of dojos, stickers and certificates. Further guidance around homework time allocations can be found in our school prospectus.
Homework at Cadbury Heath takes the following format:
- All children are asked to read with an adult or older sibling for a minimum of 10 minutes per day – ideally this will be done 5 times per week in order that children can get their ‘High 5’ sticker.
- Spellings or phonic homework is sent home on a weekly basis. This may be linked to a phonics or spelling pattern, or high frequency lists.
- A maths related activity (either arithmetic based or recorded) will be set each week.
- Home learning grid of activities from which children can choose a selection.
Role of the Class Teacher
- To set up regular homework in an easily followed routine.
- To ensure that homework is set consistently and progressively across classes.
- To set homework that takes equal opportunities into account.
- To ensure any homework is purposeful and links directly to the taught curriculum.
- To acknowledge, reward and praise children who regularly complete homework tasks.
- To meet and talk with parents when appropriate.
Role of the Head teacher, SLT and Governing Body
- To check compliance of the home learning guidelines.
- To discuss with staff how far the guidelines are being successfully implemented.
Role of Parents/Carers
- To support the school by ensuring that their child attempts the homework.
- To provide a suitable place for their child to carry out their homework.
- To encourage and praise their child when they have completed their homework.
- To become actively involved and support their child with homework activities.
- To make it clear that they value homework and they support the school by explaining how it can help learning.
Parents/Carers who have queries about homework should not hesitate to make an appointment to see their child’s class teacher.