Homework & Marking
The school policy for homework was developed and agreed by the whole staff and has the full agreement of the Governing Body.
Through this policy we aim to:
- Ensure that parents are clear about what their child is expected to do.
- Ensure consistency of approach throughout the school.
- To use homework as a tool to help continue to raise standards of attainment.
- Improve the quality of the learning experience offered to pupils and to extend it beyond the classroom environment.
- Provide opportunities for parents, children and the school to work together in partnership in relation to children’s learning.
- Encourage pupils and their parents to share and enjoy learning experiences.
- Reinforce work covered in class by providing further opportunities for individual learning.
- To practice or consolidate basic skills and knowledge, especially in Numeracy and Literacy.
- Encourage children to develop the responsibility, confidence and self-discipline needed to study independently.
- To prepare Year 6 pupils for the transfer to secondary school.
The Nature of Homework
It should be noted that homework can be set in many different forms with many different expectations and outcomes. It is important to remember that when expecting and setting homework there are a number of points to consider:-
1. The nature and type of homework changes throughout a pupils school career.
2. Amount and frequency of homework should increase, as a pupil gets older.
3. Homework should not cause undue stress on the pupil, family or the teacher.
4. It will not necessarily come in the form of a written task.
5. Homework should be set regularly from the Foundation Stage to Year 6.
6. Homework should support the child’s learning in school, and build upon already developing
Recommended Time Allocation
Homework should never be too onerous nor should it ever create stress within the pupil’s family. If parents have any concerns they should not hesitate to contact the school. At least two days will be allowed for the completion of a homework task, except where daily practice is to be encouraged e.g. reading, spelling and times tables.
Listed below are a number of example tasks and activities that might be given as homework. This is by no means an exhaustive list and is open to constant change, although many of these tasks and activities will be used on a regular basis. Homework activities will change to meet the needs of the pupils involved and activities that might be occurring in class. All homework tasks and activities will have a clear purpose and assist pupils in the process of their academic development.
This policy aims to ensure a consistent approach to the marking of children’s work throughout the school and to facilitate continuity within the school.
It will provide guidance for new teachers and supply teachers coming into school.
• The teacher will use his/her professional judgement to decide whether a piece of work is marked or not.
• Not all work needs to be marked in detail. Only comments, which will be read, shared or acted upon by the child, should be written on the piece of work. Therefore it is acceptable if some of the work is ticked to indicate the teacher has seen it.
• All work is seen and assessed by the class teacher, even if not extensively marked
• Wherever possible, work will be marked and discussed with the child present.
• When a piece of work is marked without the child present, comments will be written when appropriate and helpful for the child to read later.
• When a piece of work is discussed with the child, a ‘oral feedback’ stamp will be used to indicate that this has been shared.
• Comments may be either in written form or oral, but will be both positive and constructive, and in the case of written comments, should be informative for teachers, children and their parents.
• Teachers will use their professional judgement deciding when a piece of work should be marked i.e. within the piece of work or at the end.
• The children should understand comments.
• Comments should encourage the children and let them know how they have done / are doing.
• Comments should be written bearing in mind the specific objectives of the activity (eg “you’ve tried very hard with your capital letters and full stops John”).
• Written comments will help teachers when looking back at a child’s overall achievement and progress and will be both formative and summative.
• Professional teacher judgements will be used to decide which mistakes need correcting in a piece of work, depending on the ability and stage a child is at.
• ‘Improvement time’ will be used to give immediate and useful feedback, requiring some action from the child, which addresses an area requiring improvement. This will be indicated by an ‘Improvement Time’ stamp and an instruction to follow. This helps the child to see how they can immediately improve their work.
• The ‘Two stars and a wish’ system will sometimes be used as a tool for peer assessment- where children will comment on each others work, offering two positive comments and one area for improvement.
• All ‘Big Writing’ will be marked with comments, and using the agreed VCOP marking system (which should be age appropriate). Comments should include at least one positive and at least one improvement, which should be completed in Improvement Time.
These may include:
o Counting objects; up and down stairs.
o Reading books
o Listening to stories and talking about them
o Reciting nursery and counting rhymes.
o Identification of shapes in the environment.
o Letters, words and rhymes
o Fastening and unfastening buttons and zips and tying shoelaces.
Year One and Two
These may include:
o Literacy activities
o Numeracy activities: Learning number facts and number bonds
o Real life numeracy related problems e.g. shopping, car, bus and house numbers etc.
Year Three and Four
These may include:
o Literacy activities
o Numeracy activities: learning times tables
o Research & project activities
Year Five and Six
They may include:
o Reading aloud or to oneself on a regular basis
o Learning spellings
o Talk Homework’ that involves discussing the focus for a future piece of writing
o Handwriting practice
o Reading comprehension activities
o Planning pieces of writing
o Planning presentations
o Researching topics
o Learning Times Tables
o Practicing calculation strategies learned in class
The Role of the Class Teacher
o To provide an explanation of homework tasks to parents when necessary and give guidance of how they might assist their child. This may be done by a note with the work, at a pre-school parents meeting or at an open evening if possible.
o To set up regular homework in an easily followed routine.
o To ensure that homework is set consistently across classes in the cohort/Phase.
o To set homework that takes equal and racial opportunities into account.
o To ensure any homework is purposeful and links directly to the curriculum being taught.
o To reward and praise children who regularly complete homework tasks.
o To mark homework when necessary and give feedback to pupils.
Role of the Head teacher and Governing Body
o To check compliance of the Policy.
o To meet and talk with parents when appropriate.
o To discuss with staff how far the policy is being successfully implemented.
o Inform new parents to the school so that they are aware of the home/school agreement and what it entails.
Role of Parents/Carers
At Crowlees School we are very keen for parents to support and help their children with homework. We take the view that children are likely to get more out of an activity if parents get involved as long as they do not take over too much. However, there are times when we will want to see what children can do on their own. It is particularly important, as they get older, for children to become increasingly independent in their learning. If a parent is unsure about what their role should be, they should discuss it with their child’s teacher.
o To sign a home school agreement dealing with homework.
o To support the school by ensuring that their child attempts the homework.
o To provide a suitable place for their child to carry out their homework.
o To encourage and praise their child when they have completed their homework.
o To become actively involved and support their child with homework activities.
o To make it clear that they value homework and they support the school by explaining how it can help learning.
Racial Equality & Equal Opportunities
All children have equal access and inclusive rights to the curriculum regardless of their gender, race, disability or ability. We plan work that is differentiated for the performance of all groups and individuals. Ambleside Primary School is committed to creating a positive climate that will enable everyone to work free from racial intimidation and harassment and to achieve their full potential.
Teachers will ensure they look at any homework that is returned by pupils. Marking will be necessary if this is shared with the pupils and acted upon. This will help to give the whole process of setting and completing homework a higher profile and status. It will also send out the message that homework is an important and valued aspect of school life. Marking homework is a way of keeping track of who has completed their homework, and giving them feedback on how well they have met the objectives of the work. Marking may be done in a variety of forms, some of which will not be written. Feedback may be given to individual pupils, or to groups of pupils. If children are absent due to illness we will not send homework home. We would assume the child was too ill to work.
If a child is absent for a length of time e.g. with a broken leg, the teacher and the parent will agree what should be done, how it should be marked and what sort of help needs to be given.
In such circumstances the teacher should consult the Head Teacher first.
It is not possible to give homework when parents take holidays in term time.
Parents/Carers who have queries about homework should not hesitate to make an appointment to see their child’s class teacher.
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