The Governors and staff of Singleton Primary School believe that homework is an important aspect of a child’s education. We believe that it encourages children to realise that learning can take place outside the classroom as well as promoting independent learning, thus encouraging the child to take greater responsibility for their personal progress. Homework allows parents, carers and school to work in partnership for the benefit of the children.

We recognise that while most parents do appreciate the value and importance of homework, there are a variety of views linked to homework. Some parents feel we set too much, whilst others feel that we don’t set enough. However, the amount and type of homework we set is at a level which we believe to be reasonable and manageable.

All staff at Singleton firmly believe in the value of close home-school links in supporting children’s progress. In order for homework to be most effective, parents, carers, staff and the children have to understand its purpose. We believe that this will only be successful if a strong partnership is established between home and school which is reflected in our Home – School Agreement. This means that school needs support from parents ensuring that homework is completed each week on time.

Parents are asked to encourage and ensure that their children undertake and complete homework tasks in order to promote:

  • good attitude to work
  • self-esteem and a sense of achievement
  • improved standards of performance

We value the support you give to your children through discussion of their homework, and would especially ask you to ensure that your child has the time and environment in which to work undisturbed. We ask that you ensure that your child completes their homework each week. However, should there an extenuating circumstance and your child has been unable to complete the homework on time, please send in a short note explaining the reason. Miss Dolphin our Family Learning Mentor monitors the completion of homework and will contact parents where homework is persistently not completed to offer support.

With this letter there is a copy of our current homework plan that indicates the kind of homework that will be set for each year group. There is an opportunity, in homework diaries, for you to communicate with your child’s teacher. If there are any concerns over homework however, please feel free to contact your child’s class teacher after school when they release the children.

Miss Dolphin is also available if you need support with getting your child to complete homework. Please make an appointment to see her if you feel you would benefit from her support.

Homework Plan Years 1- 6

Generic whole school homework information
IDL – Specialist Literacy programme
Over the last few years we have invested a lot of money on specific on line programmes to support our children with their learning. IDL was initially designed as a dyslexic support programme for developing reading comprehension skills and spelling and grammar. However, in more recent years it has been highly recommended to schools for use with all children. Evidence indicates that schools who use IDL have seen pupils’ reading and spelling ages increase on average by around 10 months after just 26 hours of use.

 

IDL automatically generates a starting point for pupils based on their individual reading and spelling ability so children progress at their own rate.

 

We use IDL within our guided reading so children access between 20 – 25 minutes of IDL in school each week. However, it is recommended that children try and complete an hour a week to get maximum impact. It is not possible to devote an hour of the children’s timetable to IDL in school time as we have so many other subjects to address. So we include IDL as part of our homework.

 

All children (Y1 –Y6) will be given a password to log on at home with.

 

The grid below outlines a minimum expectation for IDL homework. If you wish to do more with your child in the holidays you can log on at any time – the more levels the pupils complete the more progress they make!

Abacus/My Maths
Abacus and My Maths are two online programmes that we use for Maths Homework.

 

The homework set will always be linked to what has been taught in class and will either consolidate learning or further challenge depending on the individual needs of the child. All children (Y1 –Y6) will be given a password to log on at home with. The children will be set one piece of maths homework per week. With My Maths the homework has to be completed in one go. You cannot dip in and out of the homework. In My Maths the work is marked automatically at the end of the session so the child can see exactly what they have got wrong or right. They can have more than one attempt on a piece of homework as new questions are generated each time. If a child is struggling they can also watch the demonstrations to remind them which strategies they should use.

Singleton School Homework Plan – Years 1 – 6

  • All homework will run from Friday to Friday.
  • Staff will check online homework (IDL/ABACUS/MY MATHS) is completed each Friday and will also collect in any paper homework on this day.
  • Times tables may be tested throughout the week – but this should not affect the ongoing support with practise that you give at home.
  • For Home projects/Presentations – instructions will be sent home separately.
Class Maximum Time per day spent on homework Daily homework Weekly tasks

(Please note with IDL and tables you don’t have to do it all in one go – you can spread out over the week.)

Other
1/2 20 – 25 mins per night 10 mins reading each night Maths 15 mins Throughout the year the children will also have:-

  • Additional mini projects – presentations
  • Occasional ‘Talk’ home work when relevant and linked to literacy
  • On line SPAG Homework

Please note with IDL – the more the children do the greater the impact!

SPAG (literacy) 15 mins
IDL 20 mins minimum

(We recommend 2 x 10 mins for year 1 and 3 x 10 mins for year 2)

3/4 25 – 35 mins per night 10 mins reading each night (Independent readers at least 3 times a week) My Maths / Abacus 20 mins Throughout the year the children will also have:-

  • Home projects
  • On line SPAG Homework

Please note with IDL – the more the children do the greater the impact!

Times tables 20 mins
IDL 30 mins minimum

(We recommend 3 x 10 mins)

Literacy 15 mins
5/6 35 – 45 mins per night 10 mins reading each night (Independent readers at least 3 times a week) My Maths 20 mins Throughout the year the children will also have:-

  • Presentation projects on Science and Maths Topics
  • For Year 6 additional Homework will be sent linked to SATs preparation and also to prepare them for the demands of High school
  • On line SPAG Homework

Please note with IDL – the more the children do the greater the impact!

Times tables 20 mins
IDL 30 mins (We recommend 3 x 10 mins)
Literacy 30 mins

Homework in Foundation Stage

We do not have a set pattern or rigid structure for homework within our Foundation Stage as the children come into school with very individual learning needs. So we believe our role within their
first year in school is one that facilitates a personalised learning journey. The homework they are given will not be the same as every other child it will be unique to your child. However, the
following information will hopefully give you a very clear indication of the types of homework that your child will receive throughout the course of their first year in school.

Learning together is the emphasis for children in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). The activities are Literacy based with a strong emphasis on reading together. Maths Challenges are also
set every two weeks to support children’s Mathematical development and to contribute to the EYFS ‘Parents as Partners’ requirement. It is an ideal time to lay the foundations for continuing work at home.

What type of work will my child get?
Reading

In Foundation Stage, parents will be informed of the phonemes and high frequency words that the children are learning in school as they are learnt in lessons or at the child’s pace. Starting in the
autumn term and continuing all year, the main emphasis is on reading at home. This should be done in two ways:-

Adults reading to children.

  • Parents are encouraged to share books from their own homes, the School Library and other Library facilities. They are also asked to share reading in the environment when it is
    appropriate i.e. signs and captions in the street. Parents should encourage children to point to words as they are being read. Discussion about the books is important.

Children reading to an adult.

  • When they are ready to, children will start bringing simple books home to ‘read’ to an adult. Some of the books in the first term will be ‘text-less books’ – much valuable conversation and
    discussion can be had about the pictures and the layout of the book. Again, encouraging the child to point to the words as they are being read is important. Discussing the story and the
    characters and asking questions about the book will help with the child’s understanding of language.

Tricky words.

Children learn to read tricky words as part of ‘Letters and Sounds’. Parents will be sent a list of the tricky words for each phase after the children have learned them. Regularly practising reading them, looking out for the words in reading books and playing games with them will really benefit the child. For some children, it will be useful to practise writing the words as well as reading them. The teachers may send home games to give parents some ideas. It would be useful if these words were practiced on a regular basis in the summer holiday before Year 1, as well as parents continuing to share books with their child.

Letter formation.

At the beginning of the child’s first term in Reception, Mrs Haigh will run a workshop on supporting with reading and letter formation so that parents/carers can support children with letter formation. This will include where to start and finish when forming each letter and what each letter should look like.

We ask that at home you encourage them to write/mark make at every opportunity.
Make it fun:-

  • Shopping lists
  • Letters to Father Christmas/Tooth Fairy
  • Writing birthday cards
  • Using a clip-board to make lists of all the insects they can find in the garden
  • Writing a postcard
  • Writing in the sand on the beach
  • Making letters and numbers out of Playdough

Giving children the opportunity to practise forming letters and also developing drawing skills with a variety of different tools will give them valuable practice. The important thing is to watch them and correct any mistakes sensitively so they don’t fall into bad habits.

Numeracy

We encourage you to count with your children up to twenty and to also encourage your children to read and write numbers. Throughout the year you may be sent tasks linked to numeracy in class.
However, there are lots of games that you can play:-

  • Bingo
  • Snakes and ladders
  • Snap with number cards
  • IPAD Apps
  • Pairs – with numbers
  • Looking for shapes around and about – (square window etc.)
  • Money – recognising coins and counting