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Primary Homework Guide

It became the statutory duty of schools to set homework from September 1999. We hope that parents see this as beneficial to their child’s education and will support them and the school with homework activities.

Phoenix International School’s policy is to set homework for all years. Homework is regarded as an important part of the working day at Phoenix International School.

As it:

  • Extends the time students spend in active learning activities.
  • Helps students to develop the independent learning strategies and discipline essential for later success at IGCSE and beyond.
  • Gives students a chance to practise skills at their own pace and extend their learning.
  • Encourages independent learning.
  • Parents to develop a clearer appreciation of their children’s true strengths and weaknesses.
  • Consolidates and reinforces the skills and understanding of learning activities.

We aim to:

  • Ensure consistency of approach throughout the school.
  • Provide each child with a copy of their specific timetable.
  • Ensure progression towards individual responsibility and independence.
  • Ensure the needs of the individual pupil are taken into account.
  • Ensure that there are clear expectations for parents and pupils.
  • Provide opportunities for home school and pupil partnerships.
  • Encourage pupils to develop long term strategies for future needs.
  • At Year 6, to prepare children for secondary school transfer.

All homework is explained to the children in detail.
Clear instructions and expectations will be given to your child by the teacher.

Aims at Key Stage 1

Our aim is to develop a partnership with parents and carers and involve them in their child’s learning. Homework provided will be short activities of different kinds to support Numeracy and Literacy work – simple games, learning spellings, number facts and reading together.

Aims at Key Stage 2

As children get older, homework provides an opportunity for children to develop the skills of independent learning. It is important that children gradually get into the habit of organising independent learning activities.

We expect that the homework provided for our Key stage 2 children should be about 1½ hours a week for Years 3 and 4 and 30 minutes a day for Years 5 and 6. This being in line with Government recommendations.

All children will receive Literacy, Numeracy and Spanish homework weekly. Years 5 and 6 will also receive Science and Humanities homework.

A Guide to the Homework Schedule

Teachers will allow more than one evening for some homework to be completed. This allows sufficient time for information to be collected and takes into account any after-school activities and commitments the children may have.

DayReadingDue OutTimeDue In
MondayEvery day for 10 minsSpanish10 MinsLiteracy (from Fri)
TuesdayEvery day for 10 minsTimestables5 Mins (daily)Tables Test (from last week)
WednesdayEvery day for 10 minsNumeracy15 MinsSpanish (from Mon)
Spellings5 Mins (daily)Spelling Test (from Fri)
Spanish10 Mins
ThursdayEvery day for 10 mins
FridayEvery day for 10 minsLiteracy20 MinsNumeracy (from Wed)
SpanishSpanish (from Wed)
Spellings5 Mins (daily)Spellings Test (from Wed)

The Range of Homework Set

Homework can be in preparation, to reinforce or to extend a lesson. Teachers vary the tasks set for homework. Homework will be given in writing but may be completed in a variety of forms. Examples of these are:

  • Learning by heart.
  • Researching in books, newspapers, magazines or using libraries and the Internet.
  • Reading and reading related activities.
  • Completing questionnaires.
  • Drawing.
  • Practical tasks using everyday objects.
  • Continuing learning activities started in the classroom.
  • Watching a TV programme.
  • Collecting material from home.
  • Rehearsing – dance – music – drama – poetry.
  • Photography.
  • Revising.
  • Spellings.
  • Times tables.

Your child will also be asked to read at home daily for between 10 and 20 minutes. You can record and remark on your child’s reading in their Reading Record. A vital part of reading is for parent and child to discuss what has been read.

The Role of the Family

A positive home/school partnership is essential for children to benefit from homework tasks.

In the early stages of their education pupils may need more one to one attention to complete homework tasks, gradually developing an independent approach as they progress through the school.

We ask that all parents make time to listen to and help their child on a regular basis with their reading and homework tasks. Whilst we ask parents to support and assist their child with homework it is important that the child completes the tasks. It is essential that parents make it clear to their children that they value homework and support the school with their approach. This includes encouragement and praise at all levels.

You can help your child in a number of practical ways such as by:

  • Familiarising yourself with the homework timetable.
  • Establishing a regular routine for completing work each day.
  • Making available a suitably quiet place for them to work.
  • Providing necessary equipment for homework, such as pens, pencils, ruler, dictionary, calculator.
  • Checking that homework has been completed, checked and is neat and well presented.
  • Showing positive encouragement of effort.

The Role of the Child

It is important that you decide when you do your homework after referring to your homework timetable. Some people like to complete their homework straight after school, some people like to do it later in the evening. You must leave yourself enough time to complete the tasks. It is important that you plan when and where you complete your homework.

The following tips will help you:

Before you start your homework, you should have a drink and a light snack, such as fruit.

Organise your workstation

  • You need a quiet place to work.
  • You should be working away from distractions, such as television.
  • You should ask not to be disturbed.

Organise your work tools

  • Have you got your pen and/or pencil?
  • Have you got your books or worksheets?
  • Have you got any other equipment you might need, such as a calculator?

Organise yourself

  • Do you know what you have to do?
  • When has it got to be handed in?
  • Have you checked your work?

If there is anything you don’t understand you should ask your parents or teacher for advice.

Teachers are very willing to explain homework if you do not fully understand. Make sure you go and find them before the homework is due in. If the work has to be handed in the next day, try to do some of it to show you have tried and ask your family to write a note in your diary.

Spanish Homework

Phoenix is an International School where we teach the Spanish language from an early age, therefore Spanish homework is as important as subjects from the British National Curriculum. Spanish staff aim to deliver 2 pieces of homework per week alongside Spanish spellings.

Special Needs

Some children may require Literacy and Numeracy intervention programmes. These may be long or short term. Homework for these programmes plays an important role in consolidating and reinforcing work covered in the units. Parents will be made aware of this requirement.

Gifted and Talented

Children who have been assessed as achieving above the expected attainment levels of their age group may receive additional homework in one or more subjects. Parents will be made aware of this requirement.

English as an Additional Language

For children with English as an additional language homework will be explained verbally and in writing. Homework for these children will often be presented in pictorial form. When possible it will be explained in their first language. This group of children’s individual needs will be taken into account when issuing homework and therefore they may not follow the class homework timetable. Parents will be made aware of these changes.

This Homework Guide has been written alongside the DFES Homework Guidelines for Primary Schools document.

We hope you find this information helpful. If you have any questions or problems regarding homework, please contact your child’s class teacher or the Director.