At St. George’s Cathedral Catholic Primary School we aim to create a positive attitude towards homework and help set good habits for secondary school. We ensure that the work is of interest to the children and matched to their ability. We ask that parents support their child with any homework given.
Homework routines begin in Reception with the expectation that children read at home each night (and are read to!) and there will be simple tasks to complete at home too from learning key words to topic related research.
From Year 1 there is more homework, broadly a maths task and an English or topic related task. We make good use of web resources and class blogs thus integrating technology. Daily reading and times table practice are expected too! At the start of year Parents Meetings, parents are told about the specific routines for the new class. Expectations build up until Year 6 where children are really expected to be managing tasks independently.
As far as possible, homework is related to class topics. This is important as it helps parents to know more about what is going on in class and to support enthusiasm for learning. Parents might, for example, find themselves helping to make a model, finding out about grandparents’ experience of school or measuring objects around the home. Homework being related to class work also means that each child can pursue a set task at their own level of ability.
We realise that circumstances may arise when children are unable to do the set homework or it becomes a negative experience for all. We re-assure parents not to worry about this, as we do understand! However, we do ask that any problems relating to homework are discussed with the class teacher as soon as possible.