At Staunton and Corse Academy, we believe that homework is an opportunity for parents/carers to become active partners in supporting learning. Homework can help promote a positive attitude to learning at home and show children that home and school are working together in partnership. We believe that homework should be enjoyable for the child and should stimulate imagination and creativity, reinforce lessons taught in school and give the opportunity for applying learned skills.
At Staunton and Corse Academy, we aim to:
- Give pupils the opportunity to extend their learning in areas of personal interest and stimulate imagination and creativity
- To encourage children to develop the confidence, independence, resilience and motivation needed to study away from the school environment
- Provide opportunities for parents and children to work together, thereby, fostering an effective partnership between home and school
- Ensure a consistent approach throughout the school
Homework will be broken into two key elements-core homework and optional creative family homework.
Core homework activities which will consist of spellings, times tables, maths and reading.
Research and longitudinal educational studies have shown that homework has very little impact on the progress children make at primary school unless it is reading and the learning of rapid recall facts. What has the most impact is talking to others, sharing ideas, and exploring concepts. These things cannot be shown through the completion of a sheet, but are ingrained in the quality of conversation that is had in the moment and the reflection that comes from that. Our set homework is now in line with the research that is recommended from the Educational Endowment Foundation which is an independent educational body that supports educational development of all children.
- Reading for Pleasure - at least 20 minutes daily
- Daily practise of Number Bonds/Times Tables/telling the time on Doodle Maths
- Weekly spellings practise on Spelling Shed
Creative Family Homework:
Family Homework invites the children, siblings and parents/carers to spend time together, collaborating and having fun when completing the tasks set. Families will have the opportunity to complete a series of tasks that are sent home at the end of each half term. A whole school project theme will be sent home for children to complete over the term. Our last one was titled ‘Climate Change’.
Feedback will be given to pupils on their homework in a number of ways:
- Directly from the teacher in the form of verbal feedback
- Peer feedback during sharing/celebration assemblies once a half term.
- Marked tests (spelling/times tables etc)
Pupils with SEND:
We aim to ensure that all tasks set are appropriate to the ability of all. We endeavour to adapt any tasks set so that all children can access homework at their level. When setting homework to pupils who have SEND, we refer, wherever possible, to their Educational Health Care Plans.
Children from Reception will take home common exception words to learn and have daily reading at school. This is supported by book banded books that they take home. This continues at home with children being able to take home banded books as well as books from the classroom and library to support interests they might have or text they may want to explore. Children have reading records that parents are asked to fill in.
From Y3-6 children will have books they take home, they will be banded according to the children’s needs from our reading scheme Accelerated Reader and books from the library. Children are able to read texts and answer questions on them at school and at home during the school holidays. Please see our page on Accelerated Reader.