Homework

At Lansdowne Primary Academy, we believe that relevant, engaging, well-managed and frequent homework supports learners. It provides opportunities to:

  • Extend learning beyond the classroom and develop independence and self-discipline;
  • Strengthen and consolidate learning from the classroom;
  • Be more deeply creative, reflective and thoughtful in responses to ideas covered earlier in class;
  • Develop a dialogue between young people and their parents/carers about their learning;
  • Students to manage their time and meet deadlines;
  • Prepare for learning to come.

Each child will be issued with a homework book or folder for homework to be completed in. There will be a homework catch-up session each week during a lunchtime to support any children who have not been able to complete their homework.

Spelling

  • Spelling lists will be given out each week: spellings as part of the Read, Write, Inc programme and common exception words specific to each year group.
  • Spellings will be tested every Friday
  • New spellings will be given out each Friday
  • Children are required to complete the ‘look, cover, write, check’ proforma
  • Children are required to write a sentence appropriate to their age to include each spelling word which is due each Wednesday. They must make sure that basic skills such as handwriting, punctuation including capital letters and full stops are remembered.
  • Spelling lists will be stuck in the purple homework books/put in homework folders each week
  • Children should spend at least 10 minutes per day learning their spellings as part of homework

Children’s spelling test results from the Read, Write, Inc spelling programme and common exception words will be recorded by the teachers and logged on children’s homework sheets.

Reading

  • Children who are learning to read through the Read, Write, Inc. programme will be issued with a new book appropriate to their stage each Thursday. This should be read for at-least 15 minutes from Thursday through to Sunday.
  • Children who are learning to read through the Read, Write, Inc. programme will also take home an Accelerated Reader book which they should read for at-least 15 minutes from Monday through to Wednesday. Each Wednesday in school, children will quiz on the book they have read.
  • Children who can read fluently and are therefore off the Read, Write, Inc. programme will read an age-related book of their choice linked to the My Book Blog programme (parent information and workshops to follow, but this link can be accessed to provide you with an overview) for at-least 30 minutes per day.
  • Regardless of what children are reading, there is a whole school expectation for them to return their signed purple reading record to school each day. Any child who does not do this will be supported to catch-up their reading during break time.
  • All children will be issued with a reading comprehension which will be stuck in their reading homework book each Friday. This needs to be returned to school each Wednesday.
  • Each Friday, children will given a set of common exception words which will be glued in to their homework book/put in homework folder which they must be able to read by sight by the following Wednesday to keep up with age-related expectations.
  • Year 6 children will be set additional SATs preparation and revision homework on a weekly basis.

Maths

  • Maths homework will be sent home each Friday and needs to be returned by Wednesday. This should take children approximately 30 minutes – to 1 hour across the week.
  • Children should spend 10 minutes per day learning their number bonds and/or times tables relevant to the year group expectations.
  • Every fortnight, children will be tested on their number bonds or times tables related to age-related expectations.
  • Year 6 children will be set additional SATs preparation and revision homework on a daily/weekly basis.

Topic Homework

  • At the end of each half term, vocabulary pyramids will be stuck in homework books/folders. Children will be expected to write a definition and/or picture to demonstrate they are beginning to understand the vocabulary necessary to access the up and coming topic. This needs to be returned to school by the first Wednesday of each half term.
  • At the beginning of each half term, children will be set topic homework which will be an extended topic based task to be completed throughout the half term, which will take approximately 6 hours. This needs to be returned to school in the last Wednesday of each half term.

Individual Homework Plans (IHP)

  • For targeted pupils who need support with specific skills an Individual Homework plan will be put in place in agreement with parents to support overcoming barriers to learning and closing gaps in Reading, Writing and Maths.
  • The IHP will clearly identify the learning required and the strategies needed in order for it to be achieved.
  • The IHP will outline how much time each day should be devoted to the area of learning to be improved.

Holidays from school

  • Pupils are expected to practise the key skills of reading, spelling, writing and maths during holidays to ensure learning does not regress during this time.
  • For breaks from school that are longer than a week (eg: Easter), pupils will be set an additional project based activity to complete.