This year we have further clarified homework expectations for all year groups throughout the school. Whilst there is a statutory responsibility to set regular homework, each school has the flexibility to develop a policy to meet its children’s needs. We hope to hold another meeting shortly for those parents who would like to find out more about how to support their child’s learning and this will build upon our evening earlier this year. However in the meantime, we have included a few suggestions to help our families:
- Give your child confidence through lots of praise and encouragement.
Confidence is vital for learning and specific praise such as ‘I like the way you have…’ is more effective than ‘you are clever’.
- Read with your child as much as possible.
Read to them, hear them read and encourage them to read by themselves each day. Read a good mixture of books (fiction, library or picture books), magazines, newspapers or comics – anything that is appropriate or of interest!
- Encourage your child to observe and talk about what they see, think and feel etc. Even young children can be helped to read signs and notices and understand what they mean.
- Make use of your local library.
Look out for special events and services for children (especially weekends and holidays) and borrow books linked to their school topics.
- Visit museums and other places you think your child might find interesting.
Often children have free admission to many museums and galleries.
- If your child likes watching television or DVDs, try to watch them together and talk about them afterwards.
Children enjoy sharing their experiences and will gain a lot from the discussion.
- Try to provide a reasonably quiet and suitable place where your child can work without distraction.
This will show that you and all family members (especially younger children) value and respect the homework activity.
- Try to set aside time to support your child’s homework activities whilst allowing for independence where appropriate.
- Encourage your child to discuss their homework with you and understand its importance.
They can take more responsibility independently for this task as they get older.