Learning at home is an essential part of a broad and balanced education. Regular homework is important as it gives pupils the opportunity to practise and consolidate at home, learning that has been carried out in class. It provides opportunity for children to undertake more detailed research and to further develop specific skills. It also helps pupils to become confident, independent learners, building skills they will need throughout their time at school and into adult life. The foundations of effective homework practices are established early on, develop progressively across the key stages and support effective transition to the secondary phase, where homework is mandatory.
Naturally, homework is an extension of the work that has been completed during the week. If, at any time, a pupil finds some of the homework difficult, they should seek advice and support from their class teacher.
Homework does not just mean formal exercises carried out by children without help from their parents. On the contrary, particularly in the case of young children, it is the involvement of parents/carers in joint activities, which fosters the most valuable learning.
A Working Partnership
Parents and children are obliged to take responsibility for the completion of homework. In order to ensure that parents are able to actively participate with their child, the Governing Body requires The School to facilitate parents’ understanding of the methodology and strategies applied to learning in the key subject areas in achieving their objectives. To this end, the school will provide information to the parents via written material and open meetings or workshops as appropriate.
What parents are expected to do to help children learn:
- Give the child confidence through lots of praise and encouragement.
- Parents have tremendous power to strengthen children’s confidence – and confidence is vital to learning.
- Provide specific praise that focuses on a particular aspect of their work. Comments such as “I like the way you have…” is more effective than “You’re clever”.
- Read to, and with their child as much as possible.
- ‘Reading is to the mind, what exercise is to the body’
- Encourage their child to observe and talk about what they see, feel, think etc.
- Even young children can be helped to read notices and signs, for example, and understand what they mean.
- Make use of their local library.
- Look out for special events and services for children.