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Padfield Community

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Homework is an important element of children’s primary school education. Completing homework enables pupils to make further progress in their learning. It also helps to prepare children to become independent learners and manage their own time effectively in preparation for secondary school and life beyond.

When is homework set?
All year groups are set homework each week on a Friday to be completed for the following Thursday. If, on a particular week, your child is unable to complete their tasks at home, please let your child’s teacher know. We will try to make arrangements for your child to complete their tasks so that they are not disadvantaged.

What homework will my child receive?
The most important thing that you can do for your child is read to them regularly and share a range of books.
Key Stage 1 – Years 1/2
Daily reading
Weekly spellings – these are also practised in school
Optional online maths games
Children in Reception start with daily reading and this builds throughout the year as appropriate.

Key Stage 2 – Years 3/4/5/6
Daily reading
Weekly spellings
Mathletics activities
In Year 6 (starting in the spring term), children will be given 10-minute tests to complete at home to help to prepare them for SATs.

How long should be spent on homework?
The time to be spent on homework increases as the children progress through school, but it is advised that this is spread throughout the week – little and often is the key.
5-10 minutes per day
Key Stage 1 (Years 1& 2)
1 hour per week
Lower Key Stage 2 (Years 3 & 4)
1.5-2 hours per week
Upper Key Stage 2 (Years 5 & 6)
30 minutes per day

At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child's success is the positive involvement of parents.
Jane D. Hull

Parents and Homework
Parents are encouraged to guide children with their homework should they need it; however, they should encourage the child to work independently to complete the tasks set. If parents have any questions about homework, please speak to the class teacher.


Printable copy of homework guidelines