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Homework

Homework in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2
Homework is anything children do outside the normal school day which contributes to their learning. Homework is one of the ways in which children can acquire the skills of independent learning. All homework will be sent home via our virtual learning environment, DB Primary. Please find attached the details for accessing your child’s e-learning homework on DB Primary. Please contact the class teacher or Mrs Fisher if you experience any difficulties accessing the service. If you do not have access to the internet, please let your child’s classteacher know as soon as possible.

Why do we send homework?
1. To enable the children to make maximum progress in their academic and social development by reinforcing basic skills and concepts.

2. To develop the children’s skills as independent learners.

3. To create a home/school link in promoting learning.

4. To enable aspects of the curriculum to be explored and enriched.

5. To develop a level of children’s commitment towards learning outside school.
 
There are various types of homework tasks:
Reading
Reading is extremely important for all year groups. When children are reading at home they are practising the skills they have been taught in school. Children should have experience of a range of books, inlcuing the school reading books as well as ones from the libraries and home. It is important that children have access to a range of books, including poetry, play and non-fiction and are reading regularly at home. Children in Years 1, 2 and 3 have a reading record for parents to record ANY reading at home, which may include magazines, recipes, their own books or environmental print. Most importantly we want children to enjoy reading. 

Phonics and Spelling
In Key Stages 1 & 2 we use Letters and Sounds to teach phonics and Read, Write, Inc. to teach spellings and spelling rules.  Weekly spellings linked to the spelling rule that they have been learning in class that week will be set as e-learning homework on DB primary. Although we do not have a weekly spelling test as a rule, we do monitor spelling progress through regular assessments, Read, Write, Inc. and children’s writing. 

Mathematics
In Key Stages 1 & 2 we use the White Rose Mastery Maths scheme and will set e-learning homework to consolidate learning in class when teachers feel it is appropriate via DB primary. Times tables facts should be known by the end of Year 4 and number bonds to 10 and 20 in Key Stage One, therefore regular practice is needed. This can be supported by parents at home. Children are assessed regularly in school on their times tables and number facts using Rainbow Maths.

Creative Homework
Creative homework is an opportunity for children to experience different types of learning tasks at home linked to different subjects. These pieces of homework are not marked but will have been looked at and celebrated in school in another way –the work will have been viewed by the whole class or school and some will be photographed for the website. Creative homework is set every half term via DB Primary. Homework will be due in on the last Monday before every holiday and returned home at the end of that week unless it is being used for display. 

Staff are always willing to suggest to parents how they can support their child’s learning at home however school will not routinely provide tasks such as worksheets for children to complete at home. 

You can help your child with his/her homework by: 

Providing a quiet area, or quiet time for your child to work. 

Sitting with them to complete the online tasks. 

Encouraging and discussing ideas for Creative Homework 

Letting the class teacher know if there were any difficulties with the homework.
 
We ask for your patience and understanding during our transition to e-learning homework. We will be introducing many of the other features of DB primary for homework such as quizzes, forums and blogs over the year. Later in the term we will be asking for feedback from parents and children to evaluate our new approach.

If you do not have access to the internet, please let your child’s classteacher know.

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