At Kerr Mackie Primary School, we believe that parents and teachers working in partnership have the best effect on children’s achievement.
We also believe that children need to enjoy their childhood and so homework should not deprive them of the time and space to have family time, to play, talk, imagine, create and learn in their home situation. Children also need time to join clubs and organisations and pursue extra-curricular activities.
There is no legal obligation for primary schools to set homework, but we recognise that children can benefit from sharing their school experiences with parents/carers.
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. The following are government recommendations as appropriate time allocations for homework activities.
Years 1 and 2 – 1 hour per week
Years 3 and 4 – 1.5 hours per week
Years 5 and 6 – 30 minutes per day
Our homework menu is designed to engage the children and their families in exciting activities that build upon prior learning. The children are encouraged to choose their own level of challenge and make their own decisions about the final product or outcome.
The homework menu is shared with families every half term and families are welcome to use school resources if required. The children can organise how to approach the various challenges and they are invited to share this work with their class teachers as they complete a challenge. There is an expectation that a minimum of three challenges will be completed each half term. Rewards will be given for completed challenges.
As well as completing a minimum of 3 activities over a half term, there will be an expectation that children complete weekly Reading, Spelling and Maths activities.
Reading should be part of a child’s regular routine. Children should be reading several times a week. We expect a comment or signature at least three times per week. In EYFS/KS1 a minimum of 10-15 minutes each time is recommended and in KS2 this should increase to up to 25-30 minutes.
Book bags, with the children’s Home Reading Book, should be brought into school every day and taken home at the end of every day. Reading records will be taken out and checked on Wednesday. They will be returned to the children’s book bags and returned home by Friday.
Reading is a fundamental skill and children should be encouraged to read a wide range of reading material to help develop a wide and varied vocabulary. It is important to read to children as well as hear them read. There is no requirement to rush through a reading scheme or only read a reading scheme book. It is far more important that children develop a love of reading and are fully developing their comprehension skills in addition to decoding as they progress with reading.
We expect children to regularly practise maths skills. Children from years 1-6 will receive regular maths activities on Mathletics. This will be set by class teachers to further develop skills which have already been taught or what is currently being taught.
Given the importance that is placed on multiplication facts, as the foundation of much of the maths the children will do as they move up through skill, the school has also taken out a subscription to TTRockstars.
Spellings are sent home weekly from years 1 – 6. They might relate to phonics, tricky words, high frequency words, important spelling patterns/rules and statutory spelling lists for year groups.
Home Learning in EYFS
Each week, a ‘Sharing our Learning’ information letter is sent home to parents/carers which outlines the learning that has taken place during the week and suggests activities which can be done at home to support each child’s learning. Parents are encouraged to share their child’s home activities and development with school either through the Online Learning Journal or by bringing activities into school.
Please see below for a leaflet on how to support your child’s learning. There will be a copy for you in your child’s class notieboard and if you would like a printed copy, please ask at the office.