Learning at home is an essential part of good education. It encourages children to become confident and independent in their learning, which will help throughout their time at school and, later, in adult life.
At Wavell Community Infant and Nursery School homework refers to any learning activity that pupils are asked to do outside of normal lesson time. The homework tasks are generally related to work that pupils are doing in school, often as preparation, consolidation or follow-up. Homework can be done by pupils working on their own or with the support of parents or carers.
Through this policy we aim to:
- Ensure a consistent approach throughout the school
- Enhance, reinforce and extend opportunities to develop work and learning at our school
- Make sure that parents and carers have a clear understanding of what is expected of them and their children
- Develop independence and a sense of personal responsibility
- Promote a culture of inclusive learning
- Improve the home/school partnership
The role of parents and other carers
We encourage parents and other carers to support their children by:
- Providing a suitable quiet place in which children can do their homework
- Providing encouragement and support to children when they require it
- Supporting completion of homework and valuing its aid to learning
- Encouraging and praising children when they have completed homework
- Becoming actively involved in homework activities with their children
To support parents and carers in helping their children at home information leaflets or sheets with useful hints and tips may be sent home. Opportunities to attend information sessions regarding reading, phonics and maths will also be available.
Feedback for pupils, parents or carers and teachers
It is important that children are given feedback as quickly as possible. This may be given in a variety of ways:
- Immediately by parents or carers
- Discussion in class where homework is part of the class work
- In the home/school reading record
- Marked by the teacher
Monitoring and evaluating our homework policy
A sample of homework activities and responses to tasks will be checked termly to assess how far our policy has been successfully implemented.
March 2014 (reviewed annually)