Homework

Liberton Primary School Homework Policy

August 2012

(For a copy of the policy along with a range of homework support materials please click the link below)

Homework Policy LPS

Sections

Homework Policy

  1. Introduction
  2. Role of parents/carers, learners and teachers
  3. Types and frequency of homework
  4. Meeting learners needs

1.  Introduction

At Liberton Primary School we view and value homework as an important and integral part of each child’s education.  We recognise that homework tasks help to foster the partnership between home and school and we realise fully the important role parents play with us as co-educators of their children.  Homework encourages the child to develop self discipline, to adopt a conscientious attitude to work, helps fulfil individual needs and develops personal interest.  This document is intended to support and encourage this process.

2.  Role of parent/carer, learner and teacher

Role of parent/carer

  • Support and encourage but don’t do

It is likely that your child will need some support with their homework tasks however an important part of the learning process is to overcome challenges.  Supporting your child and helping them find their own solutions will help them develop important independent learning skills.

  • No pressure just guidance

A positive attitude to homework helps children develop a positive attitude to learning.  By encouraging and praising successful work children become more confident in their learning.  Further guidance on encouraging a positive attitude to homework can be found in the 10 tips for homework survival section.

  • Check what the task is before your child starts.

Homework tasks will have been explained to your child at school but inevitably children sometimes can become unsure of the task.  If further clarification is required please send a note to the teacher and they will be able to give further guidance.

  • Check once completed and sign if appropriate

A final check from parents and carers encourages the child to do their best and is also a good opportunity to place the homework in the schoolbag ready for handing in on time.  Should there be a reason why it was not possible for the task to be completed at home this should be communicated to the teacher by letter.


Role of learner

  • Complete tasks set

As children progress through the school they will be given tasks of increasing complexity.  From P5 pupils will be given a monthly homework sheet which gives them the opportunity to select from a range of tasks.

  • Take responsibility for task and manage own work/time

Children learning to manage their time is an important skill which homework can help develop.

  • Seek help, advice and resources in advance

By planning ahead pupils can ensure that they have all the knowledge and equipment they need to successfully complete the task.

  • Bring work back in

Make sure that the completed homework is placed in your bag ready for returning on time.

Role of teacher

  • Set interesting tasks with manageable time scales

Homework should be a balance of regular tasks to build up core skills and varied tasks to develop learning in different areas of the curriculum.

  • Make instructions clear

Homework will be explained in class with clear direction given on the nature of the tasks and the timescales for completion.

  • Set expectations

It is expected that all children complete homework to an acceptable standard.  Should this not be the case parents will be contacted in order to address the situation.

  • Support where necessary

Should any child need additional guidance this will be given as required.

2.  Types and frequency of homework

As children progress through the school there will be variation in the types of homework.  In the early years there is a focus on regular and frequent practicing of core skills.  As children move through the school there will be an additional focus on using these skills to tackle more complex tasks.

 

Approximate amount of homework per week

P1  Daily reading, word recognition and sound recognition.  Four days a week. 15 minutes a day.

P2  Daily to twice weekly reading and tricky word recognition.  Revision of number bonds.  Four days a week. 15 minutes a day.

P3  Regular reading, spelling of common words (50-75).  Times tables 2,5,10.  Four days a week. 15 minutes a day.

P4  Regular reading, spelling of common words (76-100), times tables 3,4,6. Four days a week. 15 minutes a day.

P5  Regular reading, spelling 10 words per week, times tables 7,8, 9 and revision of other tables.  Monthly homework sheet.  Four days a week. 15 minutes a day.

P6  Regular reading, revision of common words, maths – revision of times tables.  Monthly homework sheet.  Four days a week. 30 minutes a day maximum.

P7  Regular reading, spelling from structured programme, multiplication and division facts.  Monthly homework sheet.    Four days a week. 30 minutes a day maximum.

Notes:

  • There may be some variation in this pattern at various points in the school year as required.
  • Homework will not be given on the last week of each term.
  • Additional homework will not be given for children who are taken on holiday during term time.

4.  Meeting Learners Needs

At Liberton Primary School homework is seen as a partnership between home and school.  As every family in our school community will have a different context and perspective regarding learning at home.  The school will aim to provide types and frequency of homework that meets the needs of the school as a whole.

A survey of parents was taken in May 2012 regarding views following a pilot period of homework procedures.  The results showed that just over two thirds of parents felt that the amount of homework was appropriate.  Of the remaining 30% around 10% felt that too much homework was given and 20% felt that there was too little.

In order to try to meet the needs of all families in our school communities a range of supplementary homework support ideas are attached to this document to support any parent or carer feel that their child would benefit from additional work at home.  When family circumstances mean that a child is not able to complete their homework then the parent should contact the school to discuss the situation in order to find additional support.

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