Homework Expectations Across the School

Learning at home is an essential part of good education. Regular homework is important as it gives children the opportunity to practice at home the tasks covered in class and helps children work towards improving important skills. It also helps children to become confident and independent in their learning, which will help throughout their time at school and in adult life.

At Crook, the focus of homework is on the important skills of reading. Regular reading at home, especially reading with parents, should be encouraged.  We feel passionately that the most significant thing that you, as parents, can do to support your child’s learning is to share books with them on a regular basis. By this we mean reading to your child, listening to your child read and talking about what you are reading. As adults, we are all reading role models – there is lots of evidence that children seeing their parents and adults around them read is a powerful factor in encouraging them to read more frequently.

Becoming a confident reader, able to understand a range of texts is hugely important – it allows a child to grow in confidence and to access all areas of the curriculum.

Your child should spend short periods of time (10-15 minutes) each day reading, talking about their reading or listening to an adult read. Each child has a reading record and we ask that you record any reading activities in their reading record.

In addition to reading, we would encourage you to spend time with your child accessing some of the online web activities which are designed to recall taught facts in a fun and engaging way in maths and spanish in KS2.  

 

Here is a list of homework expectations for each year group. 

All website based homework tasks are linked on the school website under children and then the named page. All children have been provided with appropriate log in details from their class teacher to access each of the web based homework tasks - if you are having difficulty logging on to any of the websites please inform your child's class teacher. 

As an alternative to completing web based homework at home children can use the library on a lunchtime to complete their work or on a half termly basis apply for a place to attend a homework club.

Homework club runs on the following nights:

Yr 1/2 - to start after Easter 
Yr 3/4 - Wed
Yr 5/6 - Thurs

Failure to complete homework does come with a consequence of 5 minute detention per homework task set.

As with every new skill in life, the more you practise, the more time you invest, the better you become. Therefore, below is a minimum expectation for each year group however any additional time spent on the activities will only benefit your child.  

 

EYFS Pupils

In EYFS homework is set on a Friday and it must be completed by the following Wednesday. Homework in EYFS will consist of:

Phonic sounds and tricky words for all children. We encourage parents to practise the recognition and pronunciation of these sounds and words and play games to help the children remember the sounds and also to blend/segment simple words. 

Green word cards - Some children will be given some green word cards to practise the children’s blending and help them become more fluent.

Reading books- Children should be encouraged to read at home as often as possible, every night for 5 minutes would be great. At least one parent comment should be recorded as to how the children read at home in order for teachers to change the book. 

 

Year 1 & 2 Pupils 

In years 1/2 homework is set on a Wednesday and must be completed by the following Wednesday. Teachers will check completion and issue individual detentions for a Wednesday lunchtime if not completed.  Homework in years 1/2 will consist of:

Reading book for fluency- Children should be encouraged to read at home as often as possible, every night for 5 minutes would be great. 2 parent comments over the week should be recorded as to how the child reads in order for the books to be changed. In year 1 books will be changed once a week on a Thursday. 

Sound/Word cards & Spelling rules YEAR 1 ONLY - Children will be given sound cards/word cards and a spelling rule to practise the children’s blending and help them become more fluent with recognising sounds in words.

Reading for pleasure - Rising Stars Reading Planet (online) - Read a book a week and complete the online quiz at the end of the book.  

Maths YEAR 2 ONLY- TT Rockstars (online) - Children are expected to complete 15 1-minute games per week.  Short bursts of practise on a daily basis are more effective than spending hours once a week. 

Maths YEAR 1 ONLY - School Jam (online) - Children are expected to complete online activities set by the teacher each week. We would encourage children to play these games as often as possible over the week to improve fluency and confidence, 5 minutes a night would be perfect.

Handwriting - Letterjoin (online) - Children are expected to complete 5-10 minutes as often as possible, daily practise would be great. 

 

Year 3 & 4 Pupils 

In years 3/4 homework is set on a Wednesday and must be completed by the following Wednesday. Teachers will check completion and issue individual detentions for a Wednesday lunchtime if not completed.  

Reading book for fluency- Children should be encouraged to read at home as often as possible, every night for 5 minutes would be great. A parent comment should be recorded as to how the child reads

Reading for pleasure - Fiction Express (online) - Read a chapter a week. The new chapter on Fiction Express will be released every Friday, and is expected to be completed by the following Tuesday.  

Maths - TT Rockstars (online) - Children are expected to complete 15 1-minute games per week.  Short bursts of practise on a daily basis are more effective than spending hours once a week. 

Spanish - Language Angels (online) - Children are expected to complete at least 15 minutes on any of the available games to revise their spanish skills each week. 

Handwriting - Letterjoin (online) - Children are expected to complete 5-10 minutes as often as possible, daily practise would be great. 



Year 5 & 6 Pupils 

In years 5/6 homework is set on a Thursday and must be completed by the following Wednesday and issue individual detentions for a Wednesday/Thursday lunchtime if not completed.  

Reading book for fluency- Children should be encouraged to read at home as often as possible, every night for 5 minutes would be great. A parent comment should be recorded as to how the child reads.

Reading for pleasure - Fiction Express (online) - Read a chapter a week.The new chapter on Fiction Express will be released every Friday, and is expected to be completed by the following Tuesday.  

Maths - TT Rockstars (online) - The children will be allocated 15 garage games every Thursday. These need to be completed by the following Wednesday. It is recommended that your child does a little practice every night (5 minutes). Short bursts of practise on a daily basis are more effective than spending hours once a week. 

Spanish - Language Angels (online) - Every Thursday the children will be allocated activities on Language Angels relating to the areas of Spanish they have learned that week. These need to be completed by the following Wednesday.

 

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