We set the type and amount of homework we think is appropriate for children of different ages:
For children in the reception class we recommend that parents spend at least 10 minutes every day reading with their children. This could take the form of reading and looking at the signs in shops or on the journey to school as well as sharing books. We also strongly recommend that parents take every opportunity to extend their children’s language through conversation and activities such as maths games, cooking or gardening.
Government guidelines recommend the following minimum amounts of time for homework:
- Years 1 and 2: One hour every week to include reading, spellings, other literacy work and number work.
- Years 3 and 4: One and a half hours every week to include literacy and numeracy work, as for Years 1 and 2, plus occasional assignments in other subjects.
- Years 5 and 6: Thirty minutes a day or 2.5 hours a week. Pupils are to have a regular weekly schedule with continued emphasis on literacy and numeracy but also ranging widely over the curriculum.
On days where the homework activity is something other than reading children should be encouraged, in addition, to read – on their own or with others – for at least 20 minutes (less for infants).
Children are also encouraged to visit the “Homework Zone” of our school website, where interactive learning activities can be accessed via other websites (for example, the BBC Schools website), or staff can upload homework for children to download and do at home if they are absent or have mislaid their paper copy.
It is expected that all pupils complete their homework tasks. This is part of our policy as explained in our Home/School Agreement.