It is the policy of St. George’s CE Primary School that homework will be given to the children appropriate to their needs and for a variety of purposes. In 2010, and again in 2014, school invested heavily in ICT to improve the quality of homework. Children can
now access a wide range of internet programs to practice their skills at home. If there is no access to a computer or internet at home school computers are available twice weekly by prior appointment.
At Foundation Stage/Key Stage 1 and then throughout the school the children are given learning tasks at home on a regular basis. These cover spelling and reading in English, number, games, tables and number bonds in Mathematics, and Topic related projects. These tasks are helpful in that the children begin to recognise the need for independent
learning and parents are encouraged to become involved with their child’s learning. Particular needs and problems can be highlighted and discussed between staff and parents.
At Key Stage 2 weekly spellings and tables/mental arithmetic continue and class teachers encourage children to improve on their scores and report the pupil’s performance at parents’ evenings. The children are also encouraged to do research
at home on the particular topics studied in class. The class teacher may also send home-work on an individual or class basis for consolidation and reinforcement where this is considered necessary.
In Year 6 homework is set regularly twice a week, mainly covering English and Mathematics. These tasks are designed to introduce the children to a set pattern for completion and handing in, as a preparation for high School. Some of the homework requires study and research whilst others consolidate or extend work done in class. Parents are asked to sign an undertaking that they will endeavour to support the school by monitoring the homework and again this provides a point of contact between home and school.
In Year 5 and 6 children are also asked to undertake longer topics either individually chosen or on a set theme. These topics encourage research and study skills and the use of the class, school and local libraries, together with the use of formal presentation skills including contents and index pages, chapters, illustrations and labelling and glossary. The children are also encouraged to utilise ICT equipment both at home and in school for research, design and word processing. The children are aware of producing work for an audience and the practical use of their developing ICT skills.