Homework

At Cove Junior we believe that home learning encourages pupils to develop the skills, confidence and motivation required for independent study. It allows parents to support and be involved in their children’s learning, and reinforces the partnership between parents and school.

Home learning is set regularly and we expect our children to complete the work on time. We are keen that where possible children have somewhere quiet, away from distractions, to do their home learning. A home learning timetable is sent home in September to show when work is set and due back at school. This is in addition to daily reading at home and learning of spellings and tables. We provide a lunchtime Homework Club, where a learning support assistant is on hand to support pupils who may experience difficulties with home learning.

Principles

Home learning set at Cove Junior School will:

  • Be an extension or reinforcement of class work.
  • Give plenty of opportunities for pupils to succeed.
  • Be varied and include opportunities for independent study.
  • Develop children’s abilities to organise their time to complete home learning.DSCF1139
  • Encourage parents to be involved in their children’s learning.

Procedures

  • All children are expected to do home learning each week.
  • All children should be reading books at home with parents/carers a minimum of three times a week, and in addition, older and more able readers are encouraged to read independently.

Children with Special Educational Needs will be set home learning appropriate for their needs. Able children will also be provided with home learning with the appropriate level of challenge. In all of the above, the giving of home learning shall remain flexible and adaptable to meet the needs of the individual and the demands of the curriculum.

Some home learning tasks are designed to be completed over several days or weeks. This allows parents and children to decide on an appropriate time to complete home learning tasks which will fit in with other home commitments. Home learning tasks will not be set for children to do during school holidays. The period of time allowed for some longer tasks, such as research or project-based home learning, may occasionally span a holiday period, but there is no requirement for children to do home learning tasks during holidays. DSCF1211

The pupils will:

  • Be responsible for taking home learning home and returning it to school completed on time.
  • Present their work to a suitably high standard.
  • Be prepared to explain, present or feedback on their home learning assignments.
  • Consult their teacher if the task is not fully understood, in order to seek support or clarify any lack of understanding, before work is due in.

Parents should:

  • Provide a suitable place in which their child can do their home learning.
  • Support their child with their work, which should be completed by the child.
  • Support the school in valuing home learning and explaining how it can help learning at school.
  • Encourage their child to present their work to a suitably high standard.
  • Praise their child when they have completed their home learning.
  • Encourage their child to ensure home learning is handed in on time.
  • Speak to their child’s teacher if home circumstances do not allow home learning to be completed on time or in full.DSCF1504

Teachers will:

  • Issue guidance regarding spellings, multiplication tables and regular reading practice.
  • Ensure parents are aware of the work set in home learning tasks, and the date the home learning is due.
  • Ensure that home learning tasks are related to the children’s ability.
  • Provide feedback for all home learning completed.
  • Provide a lunchtime homework for pupils to attend if they find completing tasks away from school a challenge .