Homework is anything children do outside the normal school day that contributes to their learning, in response to guidance from the school.

Homework encompasses a whole variety of activities instigated by the teachers and parents/carers to support the children’s learning. For example, parents/carers who spend time reading stories to their children before bedtime and playing hide and seek in the garden or woods are helping with development of language.

Homework is an important part of a child’s education and can add much to their development. The Government has previously committed schools to providing regular homework but this is now not the case and we can work with children, parents and carers to set appropriate tasks.

At Randwick we acknowledge and celebrate the additional activities and interests the children have outside of school. Whilst homework is important, it should never prevent a child from taking part in other activities outside of school or school clubs. Therefore the majority of homework will be set to be completed or carried out over a period of time, ranging from a few days to learn something new, or for a few weeks if it is a piece of independent study.

Homework questions and information

Why is homework important?

  • It helps raise and supports your child’s achievement
  • It consolidates and extends work they have undertaken in school
  • It helps inform you about your child’s school work and gives you the opportunity to support this
  • It is a valuable life skill and develops good work habits for secondary school and future employment
  • It encourages independence and self discipline
  • It helps children take more responsibility for their own learning

What sort of activities will my child be undertaking?

There are a variety of homework tasks over each term.

For the youngest children this will range from:

  • Reading and sharing books
  • Games and activities to practice literacy, maths or other skills

For older children, homework may also include:

  • Reading
  • Finding out information
  • Designing and making something
  • Solving problems and investigations
  • Preparing a presentation
  • Completing English, maths or other subjects

What homework should my child be doing?

This varies between different classes:

Autumn 2015

  • Owl Class: reading regularly at home and sharing books; phonic word box; playing games; half termly theme related projects.
  • Kestrel Class: reading regularly at home and sharing books; practicing times tables to 12 and number bonds to 20/50; playing board games; half termly theme related projects.
  • Sparrowhawk Class: reading regularly at home and sharing books; practicing times tables to 12 and number bonds to 100; playing games and undertaking investigations; half termly theme related projects.

There will be no formal homework during Summer Term 6 as the children need the opportunity for outdoor physical activities and participation in school events, activities etc.

Feedback on your child’s homework

The children need to know how well they have done and what they could have done better. Sometimes work will be discussed in lessons, or teachers may give written comments on a particular aspect of the piece of work. The teachers would appreciate it if parents could make a brief comment on the child’s level of independence and the understanding of the task (on the bottom of the work). If a child has difficulties with a piece of homework, they should discuss it with their teacher, or parents may wish to pop in and see their child’s teacher.

Should I help my child with homework?

Homework allows you to see what your children are doing at school and to support their leaning. This partnership between school and home is a vital part of successful education. At Randwick we take the view that children are more likely to get more out of an activity if parents get involved – as long as they do not take over or do too much!

If you are unsure about how much help to give, you should a discuss it with your child’s teacher. They will be pleased to help you get the balance right.