What do we mean by homework?
Who gets homework?
Homework can take many forms and the purpose varies at different stages of a child’s development. In the case of younger children, the main purpose is to involve parents in their child’s learning.
As children get older, homework provides an opportunity for children to develop the skills of independent learning.
- To involve parents with their child’s learning
- To consolidate and reinforce children’s skills and understanding, particularly in numeracy and literacy
- To encourage confidence and self-discipline and, as children get older, prepare them for secondary school
Homework By Year Group
You can read our Homework Policy on our Policies page.
You can see the relevant detail on each year group's page under the Year Group tab above. We have also created this homework guidance for parents to help you support your child with their homework: homework expectations.
Supporting your child with their homework
- Be positive about homework and tell your child how important it is
- The attitude you express about homework will be the attitude your child acquires
- The best time for children to do their homework is soon after they arrive home. A short break and snack is recommended first
- Provide a reasonably quiet and suitable place where your child can work
- Make sure that paper, pencils, and a dictionary are available and appropriate
- When your child asks for help, provide guidance, not answers. Giving answers means your child will not learn the material
- Learning spellings and times tables will help your child to improve their writing and to be
more efficient when doing their maths work. Daily practice is best – little and often
- Homework is always based on work previously done in the class and so should be able to be done independently. Your child may need support with the initial instructions and a little prompt to get started, but if they really don’t understand please see the class teacher before the day it is due to be returned
- Alternatively, your child needs to ask their teacher to explain it again
- It is important that homework is handed in on time
- Keep homework clean, presentable and completed to a good standard
- Thank you for supporting the school by supporting your child
Supporting your child at home
As well as the information below, there are lots of online activities that you can do with your child at home to support their learning. You can find lots of these in the Home Learning section.
Here is a guide about how to help your child with reading at home.
We also have a copy of this guide translated into other languages:
- Helping your child with reading translated into Somali.
- Helping your child with reading translated into Urdu
- Suggested Reading Lists for Nursery and Reception
- Suggested Reading Lists for Year 1
- Suggested Reading Lists for Year 2
- Suggested Reading Lists for Year 3 and 4
- Suggested Reading Lists for Year 5
- Suggested Reading Lists for Year 6
Here is our guide to helping your child with Maths at home.
We also have a copy of this guide translated into different languages:
- Helping your child with Maths translated into Urdu
- Helping your child with Maths translated into Somali
Here is a useful Glossary of Grammar Terms to support your child.
Other Ideas & Information
Each of these PDFs contains lots of ideas and information which will help you support your child's learning.