Hillingdon Manor School Homework policy
Homework is designed to reinforce or consolidate classroom skills in order to develop pupils as independent learners with a sense of self-discipline.
It is also an invaluable opportunity for parents, teachers and pupils to cooperate and be involved with each other.
At KS1 -homework will be given but will require parental support and encouragement
At KS2- homework will be given and a child can be encouraged to approach this independently however parental support and encouragement is still vital
Tasks will vary in nature
Home work will be differentiated according to every child’s ability
Homework should be set for clearly defined purposes not for its own sake
It will rarely be appropriate for homework to be set for new work which has not been introduced to the class previously
At the beginning of each academic term parents will be informed of the homework expectations
If a child is unable to complete the homework on time or is having difficulty, then the parent/carer should contact the teacher
If a parent feels that particular circumstances [e.g. prolonged absence from school] warrant additional homework this should be discussed with the class teacher
Reading support at home:
We would like our pupils where practical to be heard reading twice a day (Once at school during guided reading/DEAR time and once in the evening with parents/carers. Banded reading books will be sent home every day in the Pupils link folder.
Create a calm reading environment:
· Sit next to the reader so that you can read exactly what they are reading.
· Talk about the book before, during and after they read it.
· Ask questions like:
* What is this book about?
* What does this picture tell you?
* Where is the title? What does it say?
* Who was your favourite character? Why?
* Did you like this book? Why?
At the end of the session write a small comment on how your child did in their link book. Mention what they did well and what they need to work on. Let your child know what you are writing to ensure consistent communication between you and child’s teacher.
Being a good role model.
Handle books carefully.
Let your child see you reading for pleasure.
Remain positive and encouraging. Use a Praise, Pause and Prompt to help.
Praise – well done, I like how you sound that out, good expression.
Pause – don’t just offer an answer let them think about it for a while.
Prompt— encourage using one of the strategies.
Some reading strategies to help the children.
Use the pictures to help guess.
sound out/blend words I don’t know.
“CAR – PET”
· look for smaller words inside
words and break into syllables. tEACHer
Letters and sounds phonics homework:
Children working below level 2 of the national curriculum at Hillingdon Manor School follow the letters and sounds program for 15 minutes daily.
Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children’s speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children.
Pupils who are following the letters and sounds program will receive 2 sets of phonics homework weekly which will reinforce the activities that they have been working on that day.
New spelling lists will be sent home on a Monday for the weekly spelling test on Friday.
Numeracy & Literacy homework:
Numeracy and Literacy homework will be sent home for all pupils every Wednesday to be returned on the following Monday. (Year 7 pupils will also receive numeracy homework on a Tuesday to be returned the following day)
The homework will consolidate what has been covered in class.
Home learning experience:
At the beginning of each half term each pupil will receive a ‘Home Learning Experience’ sheet.
This will be linked to a topic they will be covering in class.
The sheet will include optional activities, projects, internet sites and suggested places to visit to reinforce your child’s learning.
All of these activities are optional but it would be beneficial to encourage your child to complete as many as possible (The first home learning experience sheet will be sent home in the first week back after half term