to encourage and enhance the work ethic
to reinforce work done at school
to enable parents to share in the life of the school
to encourage a feeling of self worth and help develop a sense of pride and achievement in an activity completed.
Homework should not be an unpleasant experience and in general should be used to reinforce childrens school work. For the older children it helps prepare them for life at secondary school. Homework also gives parents an opportunity to discuss school work with their children, providing some understanding of and insight into the national curriculum. Average homework times are as follows:
Yrs 1 & 2 one hour a week
Yrs 3 & 4 one and a half hours a week
Yrs 5 & 6 thirty minutes a day.
Children are encouraged to read regularly at home. The more practice children get the more they enjoy reading and the more likely it is that they will become good readers. Teachers will contrive to spend a great deal of time in school teaching reading skills but parents play an important part in listening and enjoying stories with the children, checking comprehension and giving encouragement.
Reading Do’s & Don’ts
Do talk about the meaning of new or difficult words.
Do spend time talking about the pictures and the content of the story.
Do encourage the child to spot their own mistakes.
Do let the child handle the book and turn the pages.
Don’t fuss about mistakes; if the child makes a mistake help them to find the right word or simply tell them.
Don’t make the child think they are in competition with anyone else.
Learning tables and spelling lists are also expected on a regular weekly basis. Older children are expected to research information for topic and project work. They should also take maths assignments home regularly. Amounts of homework vary according to the age of the child.