Homework Policy

Aims of the Homework Policy

  • to provide a clear definition of the purpose and nature of homework
  • to establish the pattern and content of homework
  • to ensure a consistent and progressive approach to homework across the school
  • to outline our homework expectations for all
  • to identify the roles and responsibilities of those involved.

Definition
At Insch School we view homework as an opportunity to consolidate, extend and enrich pupil learning experiences from school. This can be achieved through supported or independent tasks undertaken outside of school hours.

Purpose
The purpose of homework at Insch School is to provide opportunities for parents to be involved in their child’s learning. It enables children to practise and consolidate skills and aims to broaden the context of learning and provide enrichment and extension. It also aims to enable children to take responsibility for their own learning and to become independent learners.

Expectations and organisation
Progression is planned from P1 – 7 through the provision of appropriate activities and the increasing expectations we have of our children as they move up through the school.

P1 and 2 Approximately 10 – 15 minutes per day
P3 – 5 Approximately 15 – 20 minutes per day
P6 and 7 Approximately 20 – 30 minutes per day

Pattern of Homework
After consultation with pupils, staff and parents, the majority vote has been taken and homework will be handed out on a Monday and is expected to be returned on or before the Friday of that week. From time to time there may be extended pieces of work at the upper stages of the school and this will be communicated clearly when distributed. Homework will not be distributed during short weeks, except for reading.

What homework will be given?
Pupils will receive homework in the following areas weekly:

  • Reading – The development of reading skills continues at all stages of the school. Details specific to your child’s group will be outlined on the class newsletter or in their Home School Learning Record.
  • Spelling – Spelling activities will be a balance of written and active approaches. Pupils spelling words will link to the sound (P1) or phoneme (P2-5) being taught in class or from the word lists provided (P6/7).
  • Maths and/or another topic– This activity will consolidate or extend pupils skills from class learning. It may be practical (e.g. a game or computer activity) or a written task (e.g. a worksheet).

At times, pupils may receive an additional piece of homework covering other curricular areas e.g. Science, Health, Listening and Talking, Social Studies, Technologies, Modern Languages etc. Teachers will strive to ensure that homework is interesting and relevant and can be achieved within the time guidance given below.

Class Teachers To set purposeful activities with clear learning intentions and success criteria
To ensure homework is interesting, relevant and at the correct level.
Work with parents and pupils, being sensitive to the difficulties which may arise for certain children to work at home e.g. lack of materials, lack of quiet space etc.
To mark homework weekly and provide feedback.
Ensure time deadlines are suitable e.g. give longer for research projects.
Pupils To complete tasks to the best of their ability (with increasing independence as they move through the school).
Share their learning with parents and ask to sign (if necessary).
Respect homework materials and follow jotter expectations as in class work.
Take responsibility for organising any information or equipment they require.
Parents Be aware of what homework is set and provide both encouragement and an appropriate environment for its completion
Encourage neat presentation.
Talk to your child about their learning.
Get in touch with the school if you have any questions or concerns.
If requested by the class teacher, sign the homework to say that you have seen the work.

Home School Learning Records
Every pupil in the school is provided with a Home School Learning Record.
The purpose and aim of the records is to:

  • promote independence and organisational skills in all of our learners
  • record homework given and assist with meeting deadlines
  • create more links between home and school
  • provide information to parents
  • provide an easy and effective means of communication between home and school.
  • indicate that parents have seen pupil homework by signing the record.

Additional Learning out of School – websites
If you feel your child would benefit from additional skill development/consolidation, please contact your child’s teacher or the class newsletter for a list of relevant websites for their age and stage.

Monitoring and Evaluation
It is the role of the Senior Management Team to monitor the homework policy throughout the school and school year. This is done through regular jotter sampling and professional discussions with teachers, pupils and parents. Feedback from this monitoring is used to inform staff of necessary developments in order to raise standards.