Homework encompasses a whole variety of activities which the children are asked to do outside lesson time, either on their own or with their parents or carers. We believe homework is an important part of the education our pupils and that staff and parents are jointly responsible for this part of their education. Teachers plan tasks which support or enrich classroom learning, or prepare children for future learning. Homework is regular and progressive as pupils move through the school.

The purpose of homework

The purpose of homework is to support children in their aim to achieve the highest possible standards. Homework should be completed within reasonable time parameters, according to year group. The children are not expected to exceed these and parents are encouraged to stop their children as they feel necessary, if timescales have been greatly exceeded. We hope, however, that some children will have a desire to take their learning further in certain curriculum areas and at certain points in their academic careers. Such independent research is encouraged and celebrated.

What to expect

Homework is set every night, but its focus shifts as children progress through the school.

Reception, Year 1 and 2 (maximum 20 mins each day)

  • reading with an adult on a daily basis
  • learning weekly spellings 
  • occasional background research into current topics 

Year 3 and 4 (maximum 45 mins each day)

  • reading on a daily basis
  • reading with, or sharing a book with, an adult at least twice a week, or more as appropriate
  • learning weekly spellings 
  • 15-30 minutes of subject homework

Years 5 and 6 (maximum 60 mins each day)

  • reading on a daily basis
  • reading with, or sharing text with, an adult at least once week, or more as appropriate
  • learning weekly spellings 
  • 20-40 minutes of subject homework