Homework Grids

In the Junior School we seek to help our pupils achieve their academic potential. We recognise that prep/homework is an important role to play in realising this aim and is therefore an integral part of its education programme.

Homework is given throughout the Junior School and is always set in good faith by the teacher, feeling that pupils will be able to complete the task in the times suggested. In the Junior School the amount of homework increases as the child progresses through the school.

  • Homework is part of school life and it is expected that it is completed to a good standard. It forms part of the school's assessment procedures and can provide an insight into the pupils' ability to engage in independent learning.
  • Homework should be a productive exercise and should always be purposeful and meaningful. For example, an exercise finishing off or reinforcing work covered that day; preparation for work to be covered next day in class; on going topic work.
  • It should be balanced and comprise a range of tasks that are interesting; pose an appropriate level of challenge and be of value to the pupil. It affords opportunities for independent study and learning as well as opportunities to practise and improve.
  • A degree of flexibility should exist and where necessary, extra time and alternative opportunities allowed to complete tasks.

Kinders and Reception

There are activities that we encourage parents and children to work together on at home. These practical activities are designed to support the learning that is happening in school. They include individualised reading and phonic activities at various levels; maths games and are not expected to take longer than 10-15 minutes each evening.

Year 1

Learning spellings; reading; comprehension exercises and maths exercises form the homework programme. The activities should last no longer than 15-20 minutes each evening.

Formal homework is introduced the following year when the children's level of independent learning is sufficiently developed.

Year 2: Homework on three days a week lasting 30 minutes each day.
Year 3: 30-45 minutes each day.
Year 4: 45-60 minutes each day.
Year 5: Approximately 60 minutes each day.
Year 6: Approximately 60 minutes each day.

Pupils who attend Prep must always have a book with them to read in case they finish their homework before 5.00 p.m.

  • We want parents to take an interest in school and homework by providing a quiet environment; making sure time is set aside; giving advice and support, but Homework must represent a pupil's own work. If help is given we would ask parents to indicate where and how much.
  • If family commitments dictate homework cannot be completed on the set day we ask parents to inform the teacher. The child's homework diary is a convenient form of communication and extra time agreed for the completed work to be handed in.
  • If a task is taking longer than the allocated time we ask parents to use their discretion and call a halt. A note in the diary to this effect avoids misunderstanding in school.
  • Weekend homework should be achievable in the normal 1 hour Friday slot allocated for Prep.
  • Holiday home work is optional. Teachers will set a task for those who wish to undertake homework during the holiday period.
  • Having fun socialising, playing, reading, finding out about a new place the family is visiting and entertainment can all be forms of learning.
  • The value of reading cannot be underestimated and often weekends and holidays can be most conducive to this.