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Welcome to our Greenleys Junior School website

Homework

A Guide

Greenleys Junior School  – Homework Protocols.
At Greenleys Junior School we feel that homework is an essential part of learning. It is used as a tool by the teachers to assess how a child is achieving within a particular topic and it helps encourage independent learning, a vital skill in adult life.

These protocols shows what homework ‘looks like’ in each year group and sets the expectations for delivery from us and completion by the children.

Please note that the following guidelines are a minimum and there may be times when children are given more or when it may be needed to be given out on a different day. Homework may also be set as a creative project which may span a number of weeks.

Year 3
Each week a child in Year 3 will bring home:

  • A class piece of homework (this could be English or topic based but will have an emphasis on writing most weeks)
  • A maths piece of homework (written or Web-based)
  • Weekly spellings.

Homework will be given out on a Thursday and will be due in the following Monday.

The expectation is that each piece of homework should take a maximum of 30 minutes to complete.

Year 4
Each week a child in Year 4 will bring home:

  • A class piece of homework (this could be English or topic based but will have an emphasis on writing most weeks)
  • A maths piece of homework (written or Web-based)
  • Weekly spellings.

Homework will be given out on a Thursday and will be due in the following Monday.

The expectation is that each piece of homework should take a maximum of 40 minutes to complete.

Year 5
Each week a child in Year 5 will bring home:

  • A class piece of homework (this could be English or topic based but will have an emphasis on writing most weeks)
  • A maths piece of homework (written or Web-based)
  • Weekly spellings (handed out on a Monday to be tested on a Friday).

Homework will be given out on a Thursday and will be due in the following Monday.

The expectation is that each piece of homework should take a maximum of 50 minutes to complete.

Year 6
Each week a child in Year 6 will bring home:

  • A class piece of homework (this could be English or topic based but will have an emphasis on writing most weeks)
  • A maths piece of homework (written or Web-based)
  • Additional SATs-based homework as required
  • Weekly spellings.

Homework will be given out on a Thursday and will be due in the following Monday.

The expectation is that each piece of homework should take a maximum of 60 minutes to complete.

Homework Club
Homework Club runs every Monday lunchtime. It is overseen by a teacher so all children are given the opportunity to complete homework or ask questions. Please remember that all children have a school email address and are able to email questions or their homework directly to teachers. Parents/Carers can also contact teachers by phone/email if they wish. Homework that is not handed in by 1.10pm on a Monday will result in the loss of Golden Time.

Reading at Home
Every child should be given the opportunity to read widely and often. We read lots in school (as part of guided reading sessions, Read, Write Inc. and in class) and we each have a class author that we learn about each term. We expect children to continue reading at home. Every child should read a variety of books at home and we monitor this in school weekly. There is a certificate waiting in each class each week for the child that reads the most out of school. We would like to see children read at least 3 times per week. This should be with an adult (or, for older children, at least overseen by an adult) and should be signed off in the Reading Record that each child has been given.

Children will lose Golden Time if Reading Records are not completed and brought back into school each week.

Helping your child
Here are some suggestions of how you can support your child at home with their homework:

  • Ensure they have a calm and quiet place to work
  • Schedule a regular time for reading – perhaps when you get home from school or just before bed
  • Plan a homework timetable and agree when your child will do their homework
  • Discuss homework tasks with your child
  • Turn off the TV – but you could have music on if they find it helpful!
  • Don’t give your child the answer in order to get the task finished. Instead, explain what they could do to get the correct answer
  • Try not to teach your child methods you used at school – it could confuse them – ask the school for the current methods primary children are using
  • If in doubt, contact your child’s teacher and ask for support, we are only too happy to help.