At South Benfleet Primary School we value the role that Home Learning/homework can play as part of the whole learning experience. We also recognise the value of the many activities that children are involved in after school and at weekends, through family and friendship activities or their membership of clubs and organisations (e.g. Brownies and Cubs, sporting activities). We would not want home learning to cut through these activities that play such an important part in the children’s overall development. We believe homework should be proportionate to the age and ability of the child.
Any allocated homework for your child's class will be detailed in the Weekly Newsletter.
Home learning/homework is “any other work or activity which pupils are asked to do outside lesson time, either on their own, or with parents or carers.”
Home learning/homework activities take a variety of forms but will always include reading.
Other activities may include:
A piece of research,
experimenting, trying out
A piece of creative
homework -making or
Talking with adults about a
Planning or getting ideas for
Writing a learning log/diary
Playing a game(s)
Preparing to give a talk or
presentation in school to a group,
a partner, the class
Learning spellings, number
bonds, multiplication tables
or other topic related facts
A piece of topic related
Finishing off class work due to
absence, lack of time in school etc
We will value children’s home learning in a variety of ways. Sometimes, there will be written comments; sometimes work will be discussed, shared or used in class time; housepoints, stickers or certificates may be given; more creative tasks may be used as part of a classroom display. Where appropriate, tasks will be marked e.g. maths sheet/book. We ask Parents to take an active role in giving feedback to children. They could use similar forms to those used by the school – writing a comment, discussing the task, giving a sticker/smiley face etc. Always inform the teacher if a child has particularly struggled with a task, found it particularly easy, enjoyed the task etc.
We will provide differentiated activities as appropriate. This means that different groups may be asked to do different tasks appropriate to their ability. Some tasks will be differentiated by outcome- e.g. each child will tackle the task in their own way with many different outcomes. Children with Special Educational Needs may have some additional homework to target specific needs or have a different homework which supports target areas on individual plans.
We will over time work on internet and other learning links for parents to support learning which we will display on our website and send home from time to time.
When homework is effective, everybody should see an impact on the child’s progress, interest and attainment.
If in doubt please ask!