Homework & Parents’ Charter

Homework is differentiated and set across the school, in order to:-

* Promote positive attitudes to work and school
* Raise achievement of all pupils
* Consolidate and reinforce skills and understanding in literacy and numeracy and across the curriculum
* Encourage and develop independent learning
* Increase self discipline
* Develop the home/school partnership
* Prepare children for secondary transfer in Year 6
* A variety of types of homework are used depending on the age and ability of the pupils.

In setting homework we aim to:
How can Parents help?

Literacy
Parents can and do play a crucial role in the areas of language development. From birth onwards, talking, and later reading to and with children, is vital if your child is to develop a capacity for language learning. Please help your child’s progression in reading by ensuring that you support the school. You can encourage your children to use the public library, encourage a love of reading, talk to them about what interests them, read what they write, and listen to what they say. When school and home work in partnership, the child can only benefit.

Mathematics
As parents you can do much to support your child in Maths. The locality is full of shapes, for example church steeples, traffic roundabouts, patterns in clothing, wall and floor coverings. Practice in tracing, making and naming shapes is an important part of early Maths. Children can help with shopping so that they become familiar with coinage, costs and aspects of a household budget. Baking together is an opportunity for your child to learn how to weigh and measure; further development can involve fractions, e.g. cut a cake into equal parts.
Asking children to explain something to you is a good way to help their understanding. You can help your child practise and learn number facts, such as number bonds and multiplication tables. A thorough knowledge of tables is regarded as very desirable, in upper Key Stage Two. Numeracy lessons will provide opportunities for children to practise and consolidate their skills and knowledge, to develop and extend their techniques and strategies.

Science
Parents can play an essential role in developing a young child’s curiosity and interest in science. For example, by keeping plants and animals, children can learn about the conditions that are needed for healthy living.
Involving children in everyday activities in the home can demonstrate to them how science is an integral part of their life, e.g.
• Helping with cooking will show the effects of heat on food and the benefits, the potential dangers and the need for safety.
• Using batteries to operate toys and games will help to explain simple electrical circuits.
• Visiting museums, garden centres and the countryside will develop a child’s interest and knowledge in the environment.
• Planting seeds and experimenting with a variety of growing conditions can teach a child how to develop a fair and balanced approach to scientific investigation.
• Naming parts of the body and using names correctly develops valuable scientific knowledge for younger children.
• Using computers to access electronic information provides a child with up-to-date information about the modern scientific world.