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Our Homework intent

At Friars Primary School and Nursery we have a strong commitment to parental involvement and see homework as one way of developing this partnership.


Whilst we support the main principles of homework, Friars is not a school where homework dominates home and school life.


We accept that not every activity will capture children and parents’ imagination and that weekends can sometimes be busy.


We believe that homework should be enjoyable and manageable for all concerned and that if it becomes a chore or source of conflict, it ceases to be a constructive aspect of teaching and learning. We hope the children are motivated by positive incentives and by the tasks themselves. Children are not punished if they fail to complete the work.


We do not specify amounts of time that must be spent on a task, preferring individual children and families to set their own routines.


Individual teachers are happy to give advice if needed and can be contacted via the year group emails.



Our Expectations – How homework is implemented into our curriculum


Our Homework expectations for each year group are as follows;


  • Weekly key words

  • Self-care targets

Year 1

  • Daily reading

  • Weekly spellings – focus on ‘tricky’ words

  • Maths activity - This could be a game or practical activity and might not involve any recording.

Year 2

  • Daily reading

  • Weekly spellings

  • Weekly times tables activities

  • Maths activity – posted and recorded in homework book

Year 3, 4 & 5

  • Daily reading

  • Weekly spellings

  • Weekly times tables

  • Maths activity posted and record in homework book.

  • Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (GPS) activity (CGP revision books)

Year 6

  • Daily reading

  • Weekly spellings

  • Weekly times tables

  • Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (GPS) activity (CGP revision books)

  • Maths activity posted and recorded in homework books.

How this works…

  • All classes give out weekly homework on a Friday. If it is a piece that needs handing in, it is expected to be returned by the following Thursday at the latest.

  • There should be a clear explanation/reminder from the teacher of what is expected and the work should always have been explained and discussed in class before coming home. 

  • Tasks may be a continuation of classwork, or a maths activity already familiar to your child. As far as possible, homework will be related to class topics.

  • It is our intention, and good practice, not to send work home that the child cannot already do. Parents are not expected to teach new skills.

  • Each child has a homework book and the majority of tasks are kept in there. Worksheets will be stuck in before sending work home.

  • KS2 children may also use a CGP revision book for grammar, punctuation and spelling.

  • Work will be marked each week

  • Feedback may also be given, for example, sharing results in class discussion.

  • If work involves using an online platform such as the internet, online game or SEESAW, directions will still be placed into the homework book.

  • It is our policy not to generally give homework over the holidays and half term breaks, although children may sometimes be ask to take part in a whole school project at home. The exception will be where the parent and teacher agree extra work would be beneficial.

  • Our SENDCo may send specific tasks home to support the learning of children they support. Again, this will be discussed with parents.


In addition to the above, and generally nearer to the time of national tests, pupils in Year 5 and 6 may also be given;

  • Additional revision work.

  • Pieces of sustained writing to plan or complete at home.

  • Practise test papers near the time of their National Curriculum assessments (SATs) to help them become familiar with the test format

  • 11+ revision resources and practice tests

  • Research projects that involve using the internet at school or at home


Presentation Expectations


·         We expect children to maintain the same standards for presentation of homework as we set in school i.e. to use their best handwriting and a sharp pencil or black pen. 

·         Children must take responsibility to keep their book tidy and well presented


The Impact of Homework at Friars:


  • It can inform parents about the work going on in class

  • It can further stimulate enthusiasm for learning

  • It takes advantage of the home environment and resources and the chance for some ‘one to one’ adult time

  • It can be a great source for gathering topic information to share with all the children

  • It is a great opportunity to rehearse and consolidate key skills such as times tables, doubling facts, addition sums, spellings, handwriting and other key facts

  • It helps to foster good habits of organisation and self-discipline in preparation for life beyond Friars

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