Our approach to homework is based upon the findings from the Education Endowment Foundation in the Teaching and Learning toolkit. https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/resources/teaching-learning-toolkit
As a teaching team, we are aware that…
- It is certainly the case that schools whose pupils do homework tend to be more successful.
- The quality of the task set appears to be more important than the quantity of work required from the pupil.
- There are few costs associated with homework, though there are implications for staff time for preparation and marking.
As a teaching team, we have also considered the following....
- The evidence base suggests that short focused tasks or activities which relate directly to what is being taught, and which are built upon in school, are likely to be more effective than regular daily homework.
- The purpose of homework must be clear to the children.
- Effective homework is associated with greater parental involvement and support.
Our Approach to homework at Lace Hill Academy is as follows...
- All children are expected to read and talk about their reading books at home each day. As a general guide this is 10 minutes per day for Reception pupils and 15 minutes for KS1 pupils and 20 minutes for KS2 pupils.
- In addition to this, children are asked to learn spellings and practise core skills such as number work / times tables / handwriting or learning of facts.
- Weekly homework tasks are given based on current learning.
- Homework is set during term time
- During half term holidays only Reading and Spelling homework is set.
- No homework is set during the Christmas, Easter and Summer holidays. Reading books are collected and are required to be left in school during these holidays.
- We do not provide or set homework for pupils when a leave of absence is taken during term time.